Like everyone else, my expectations are high for President Barack Obama. Far from the East Coast where I'm usually closer to Federal action, I feel a bit disoriented. My Elderblogging friend, Betty Reid Soskin, has flown from California with her special invitation for January 20, 2009.
As I watch from Oregon, I'll think of her, an 83 year old African American (still working as a Park Ranger) who has known discrimination on both coasts and perservered through many life changes. Her next post at CB Breaux Speaks will be wonderful to read. My own hopes are expressed in the many categories listed at the end of this post.
Sunday's Oregonian featured a long article on Portland as the whitest city in the United States. It's a long and sorry story that goes back to its beginnings in the middle of the 19th century. Young Oregonians and new residents are asking more questions--a hopeful sign.