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Luck, Superstition and The Presidential Election

November 4, 2008

Barack Obama’s Grandmother has died and we mourn her loss and pray for her peaceful repose.

But this is not lucky.

Barack Obama will win Tuesday’s election and be the next president.

But my Asian American family members all responded the same way to the news of the death of Brack’s Grandmother: this is not lucky.  In fact; this is an ill wind like a curse.

I assured them again that Barack would be the next President of the United States.

“Even worse,” said one.  “Bad luck then covers America.”

I put my lucky ACORNs in my pocket….

Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama wipes away tears ...
Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama wipes away tears while speaking about his grandmother during a rally in Charlotte, North Carolina. Americans vote in an election of rare historic potential Tuesday with front-running Democrat Barack Obama seeking to become the first black president and Republican John McCain hoping for a poll-defying comeback.(AFP/Getty Images/Joe Raedle)

By Campbell Brown
CNN

On the eve of the election, the campaigns are relying on their lucky charms. That was the gist of a story on Politico.com Monday.

Did you know there are 20 guys in Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama’s Ohio office who haven’t shaved since Obama pulled ahead of Republican candidate Sen. John McCain in that state?

Or that there is a McCain aide who wears only his pair of socks that have the palm trees on them? McCain fan Sen. Joe Lieberman is sporting his lucky sweater, while an Obama press secretary is putting on her lucky cowboy boots.

So far, it is reported, thank goodness, that no one has outdone James Carville and his decision to wear the same pair of underwear for an extended time when Bill Clinton’s poll numbers started going up. Watch Campbell Brown’s take on lucky charms

The candidates themselves are hardly immune to superstition.

Read it all and see the video:
http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/11/03/campbell.brown.
lucky.charms/index.html

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Grandmother’s Death Casts Pall of Death, Ill Wind on Optimistic Election Eve

November 4, 2008

My Asian American family members all responded the same way: this is not lucky.  In fact; this is an ill wind like a curse.

I assured them that Barack Obama will win Tuesday’s election and be the next president.

“Even worse,” said one.  “Bad luck then covers America.”

By Shailagh Murray and Robert Barnes
Washington Post Staff Writers
Tuesday, November 4, 2008; Page A01

The senator from Illinois spent yesterday campaigning in Florida, North Carolina and Virginia, states that have not supported a Democratic presidential nominee in years. He posed for a group photo with his traveling staff, grinning broadly in front of the gleaming white campaign plane emblazoned with the slogan that has carried him through his 632-day candidacy: “Change We Can Believe In.”

“This is our last rally,” Obama told a sea of supporters in Manassas last night. “After decades of broken politics in Washington, eight years of failed policies from George Bush, and 21 months of a campaign, we are less than one day away from bringing about change in America.”

But the final day on the campaign trail was rooted in sadness. Obama learned yesterday morning that his maternal grandmother, the only survivor among the adults who shaped his young life in Hawaii, had died overnight at age 86.

Madelyn Dunham, or “Toot,” as he called her, had been a beloved figure, described by Obama in countless speeches and interviews as a surrogate mother, pioneering female executive and proud World War II wife who worked on a bomber assembly line. [Obituary]

“She was the cornerstone of our family,” Obama and his sister Maya Soetoro-Ng said in a statement announcing Dunham’s death. “She was the person who encouraged and allowed us to take chances.”

Dunham and her husband, Stanley, had raised Obama in Hawaii during part of his high school years when his mother was living in Indonesia, and the candidate spoke to his grandmother often. Her poor health had not permitted her to campaign for him, but she had corneal transplants this year so she could see him more clearly on television.

Read the rest:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/w
p-dyn/content/article/2008/11/03/
AR2008110303464.html?hpid=topnews

It took nearly two years, many ups and downs, countless smart moves, missed chances and lucky breaks. But finally Barack Obama could say the words: “One more day.”