BEFORE YOU READ THIS POST: Some will probably be wondering why I’m still writing about the election. It’s a fair question so I’ll give you the numbers up front: Barack Obama received 88.2 percent of the presidential vote in the Bronx. Derek Jeter would have received 100 percent if he was on the ballot. You can finish the math after the story.
A young girl leaned comfortably against her mother on the 2 train this morning. They shared a newspaper and kept smiling at each other.
“It’s good news,” the mother said. “All the news is going to be good from now on.”
Fingers were crossed behind her back because the mother knows that the news is never all good. But nothing was going to ruin this – the first Saturday morning after Barack Obama won the country and inspired world – for her daughter.
“She’s always been more into Derek Jeter,” the mother said. “She watches all the games with her father, but she started following the presidential race with me after the baseball season ended.”
“I love Derek the most,” the little girl said, “but I like Obama a lot.”
The mother beamed.
“She even helped me vote. We pulled the lever together didn’t we, honey?”
“Yeah,” the little girl answered. “We did it together because I’m too young to vote.”
She’ll still be too young in four years, but the quality of the rest of her life depends on Obama’s ability to deliver.
“He’s going to make everything better for all of us,” the little girl said. “It’s like when Derek comes up and you just know he’s going to get a big hit.”
That kind of hope can lead to just about anything.