Quote of the day

Apparently, Barack Obama is even more inspiring than we'd realized.

Published August 8, 2008 7:00PM (EDT)

I don't know how I missed musician Lili Haydn's entry at the Huffington Post, "Why Obama Is Like a Desert Lover," when it was first published. But the Economist dug it back up for a recent article, which led a colleague to send it my way. And it just cried out to be made our quote of the day for today. Haydn writes:

Have you ever gone through a really dry period sexually? At first you get angry that you're being neglected and ignored, and you act out. Then one day you wake up with a sense of nonchalance and you start to marvel at how much you're getting done, and how much easier it is not to care. And then ... one day, maybe a stranger comes and begins to romance you and strokes your hair in a sort of contemplative way, uttering the most delightful insights. He touches your hand softly and then a little more firmly, awakening the feelings that you thought you'd left behind, and then you start speaking really poetically and hearing melodies and then suddenly you WANT IN! You want back in the game and you think "spring is here" ... YES WE CAN!

Barack Obama is inspiring us like a desert lover, a Washington Valentino. We who have felt apathetic, angry at two (likely) stolen elections, K-Street hegemony, the "pornography of the trivial" in journalism and culture; we who are heartbroken over a war we knew was wrong, we who thought (especially after Baby Bush got in a 2nd time) that America got what it asked for; we who stopped wanting to participate 'cause it doesn't matter whether we do or don't; we have a crush ... My musician friends and I are writing songs to inspire people and couples all over America are making love again and shouting "yes we can" as they climax!

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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