Much to the chagrin of my parents, I voted for Bill Clinton in ’92, thus beginning the “what did we do wrong with regards to raising her?” It was my first Presidential race that I could vote in and I was looking all over the place to see which man would listen to my generation.
For those of you who remember MTV when they actually programmed more music videos than reality fare, then you will remember Choose or Lose, the campaign to get out the vote for the younger set. I was undecided during my first presidential race and seeing how my parents are very much conservative Republicans. . .well they thought I would naturally vote for Bush. But after really getting into the process, learning about each candidate and well, MTV courting the candidates I was leaning towards Clinton. For a girl from SE TN that hadn’t seen that much of the world, I was impressed with how Clinton created a grassroots campaign AND that he was willing to do a town hall meeting with Gen X.
So I voted for Clinton and was impressed with how he engaged with my peers. Easy sell I guess you can say but I have never regretted my decision and my parents. . .well, they considered disowning me but that whole only child thing came up and they are getting older. . .so they lecture me from time to time and mom probably prays for me daily that I will finally see the light.
This past election was a bit tougher for me because I was never on the Obama bus but didn’t like McCain. Thank goodness technology has caught up because I got to write in my vote via a computer and stood by my convictions that having a Clinton in the White House was a good choice. My father shed tears that day after receiving my text stating who I voted for but again, they will eventually need me so disowning me really isn’t in the cards for them.
So imagine my surprise and delight when I saw on the news that my man Bill had headed over to chat with the North Koreans to wrap up the deal of releasing two of our journalists! I am thrilled that they were released and brought back to America but I was also thrilled that Clinton had been a part of the plan. Sure, there is a lot of back story to the deal and I know that our former President is not the sole reason we got them back but it is nice to see our former leaders still participating.
And that my friends reminded again that I miss Bill. . .I really should get a bumper sticker stating that!