“Take your broken heart…”

As inauguration day in the US draws nearer and nearer, my already heavy political heart grows heavier and heavier. I saw two videos today that mirror my sentiments pretty much exactly on that front.

The first video is from one of my favourite actors ever, Meryl Streep. It’s probably all over the news in the US, I haven’t watched actual TV news coverage here yet, but did come across it in a news feed on my phone. While accepting her Cecil B. DeMille award for acting at the Golden Globes last night, Meryl’s speech was heartfelt and very political, criticising Donald Trump without actually naming him…

Maybe it wasn’t the right platform to make things political but I loved this nonetheless! It touched me deeply and I love the sentiments expressed in her speech.

Another video that touched me deeply was this one called  “Yes we can” with people, famous and not so famous, summing up their favourite Obama moment.

For me, my fave Obama moments were about him embracing diversity – religious diversity including reaching out to the Muslim world, sexual diversity or cultural diversity. He talked about diversity when he first became president and it has become a theme in his whole presidency which is also a theme very close to my own heart!

Now, after 8 years, a change is coming. I always thought it couldn’t get worse than George W. Bush in the White House, but it has gotten worse – Donald Trump is almost president! That will affect the whole world in what I expect will be a very negative way. Absolutely nothing Trump has done since the election has calmed my fears in this respect. So, I mourn Obama leaving and I take heart in people like Meryl Streep who stand up to inhumanity, injustice and intolerance. She says at the end of her speech, quoting her friend Carrie Fisher/Princess Leia: “Take your broken heart, make it into art”.

My heart is broken for the state of the Western world, where isolationism is starting to take over, where tolerance and humanity are being pushed aside. I’m not sure blogging is art, but it certainly is expression and when my heart breaks like this, even over politics, I just need to express myself and create… blog posts! I really don’t want this blog to become all political but sometimes the heart overrules it all and a post like this happens…

Thank you Meryl Streep for your heartfelt speech. It makes my heart heal a little when I know there are people like you out there.

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And thank you Barack Obama for being the most awesome US president in my lifetime.

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I wish you could have achieved even more!

I don’t want to let you go…

I came across this cartoon by David Sipress from ‘The New Yorker’ which pretty much exactly states how I feel about the news nowadays…

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And then I came across this video, which also exactly expresses my sentiments; I know his time is almost up but I don’t want Barack Obama to go…

The world is a-changing and I wish I could feel better about it.

Imagined conversations

If you like Trump and don’t like Obama and Biden, you’d better stop reading now…

I am still trying to come to terms with the US presidential election result and came across this meme that is all over the internet now: Joe Biden and Barack Obama having imagined conversations where Biden plans pranks to play on Donald Trump. Childish? Spiteful? Maybe… but these really made me laugh and that is an extremely rare thing for me when it comes to this election! The election result is what it is and I respect that but I still hate it. So, a little humour must step in to help me deal. Here goes, my fave Biden-Obama imagined conversations that I have come across so far…

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Just looking at the pictures of these two men makes me realise that I am really going to miss them in the White House… and I dread the Trump presidency so very much! Sigh…

(OK, for now I’m done blogging about the US election).

Selfie

Ellen DeGeneres does it (and I even retweeted that one during the Oscar ceremony in February this year!), President Obama does it, the Pope does it, Pierce Brosnan does it, Hugh “The Wolverine” Jackman does it in the woods, even a macaque monkey does it (playing around with a wildlife photographer’s camera).
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And now Richard Armitage has joined the rank of selfie picture takers and has posted one of himself on Twitter. Almost too handsome to be true, right? I enjoyed the other selfies, but this one truly does something to my insides…