10 Days to the wedding…

The last month has been nothing but a wierd mix of chaos. Wedding planning, an urgent trip to germany, etc…
We are all set on this journey, which for me begins on Monday, with the arrival of my best man, William Bryan, and Tiny, both arriving in different countries at the same time. Best Man Billy will arrive in Hamburg and Tiny in Amsterdam. I will more than likely pick up Billy and then drive down to Amsterdam and meet up with Tiny. Then the next days will bring other important people into the picture as I begin the journey from my 35 years of single living to a married man.
The transisition is an important part for me as I have been ready to shed the bachelor image that I have built internally and progress into the man that I have always wanted to be for the right person.
Lili is that right person, without any shadow of any doubt. We have been through a tremendous amount in our short two years together and have remained committed to one another for the entire time. We have lived in China, America and Germany together and gone through some really wonderful and difficult times in each place, but it has only made us that much stronger.
Love is a curious thing. I have learned more from this relationship than from any other because of the amount of involvement that it takes, being such an international couple. It really takes dedication and understanding to make it work on both sides and I am amazed that we have come as far as we have, learning more about life and ourselves the whole way. From the time that Lili and I met one another, I had a feeling that she is really special and for that one chance encounter to develop into this, its nothing shy of amazing.
This week is a welcomed transition and for those of you that are going to make it, thank you so much for taking the time out of your lives to share this moment with us. It really shows that I have some friends which really will do whatever is asked of them and I don’t think there are many people like that for any of us.

Obama/Hillary '08, thoughts…

While in Germany, I have the chance to look at the presidental race from afar and I can tell you that the world seems to abuzz over Obama, so it seems that with or without Clinton, the White House is his to have.

However, I would be stupid to think that the republicans are going to go down easy as a democratic president with the power of a guy like Obama will show the world just how underminded and criminal the last eight years of American politics have been.

The question is, does Hillary pose a greater threat to the candidate than she is an asset? Will she try to steal the show or will she help groom the incoming Senator from Illinois? The questions seem simple enough, but only one thing is for certain: If the democratic leadership and Obama choose Clinton, they will see more voters that come out to vote republican because of this media fed hatred that the Clintons have in the public persona.

Personally, I love Bill and I think he has been nothing but stellar on the campaign as he has no problems in calling things the way that he sees them, which further upsets the right and fuels a fire, which in turn looks negitivly on the Clinton campaign.

The fact is, I am disapointed with Hillary. She had this thing in the bag and was conditioned for this run, groomed for it since moving to New York and running for president, but I think she went against her own judgement and entered the race too early and was a little too cocky about it. She stopped appealing to me fairly early on in her campaign because I think she lost her personality and wasn’t having a conversation with America, but moreso a lecture to the American people. She is a part of the old party, ie John Kerry, Al Gore, etc that the Average Joe has an issue seeing eye to eye with. Obama’s lack of experience translates into the same thing that real world Americans can see, passion and compassion. Somewhere along the line, Hillary looks like she lost that–and I don’t think she really did, but her people made it seem like she did.

The fact is, this was the highest turnout in history and this slapdicks that work for the DNC need to work hard to keep that momentum alive and keep McCain, a guy that has tried so many times to run for the top seed, seem like the tired old man he really is.

There is something so stately about Obama and he carries himself well, with his stories and they way he reacts with the press and the public–its hard not to compare him to the late greats of American Political history. One thing about Hillary that was never really looked at was that she doesn’t have any political leaders before her to mimick–she was walking the road herself.

Which is where I am dissapointed and worried. Race and gender have the same issues, but in this campaign in woman versus black man, the race card won. I am worried now that there isn’t a gender card, McCain and the Republicans are going to have to get into race if they want plan to win. However, this is a slippery slope and not one that frail old McCain can handle. He would do well to keep selling himself as the new boss, same as the old boss, fear mongering, homeland security, talks don’t cure anything but bombs do, propogandizing Republicanism that he is famous for.

I don’t think this country is ready for the race discussion and I hope that it doesn’t turn into one, especially for international diplomacy, but the republicans are a desperate bunch.

For now, lets enjoy the moment. Either way, Obama should not be concerned with McCain if the game is played fairly, with or without Hillary. My personal choice is Joe Biden for vice-president.