When Barack Obama defeated John McCain in the 2008 United States presidential election, I hadn’t even reached my teenage years nor did I really know anything about politics. My parents approved of the guy and apparently he liked basketball so as far as I was concerned, our nation was in pretty good hands. It was on that very November night that a peculiar image appeared on the news channel as they showed election reactions across the country. I distinctly remember seeing a middle aged man with a stout beer gut and a less than amusing neckbeard holding up a large sign that read, “not my president!” At that time, I didn’t care too much about politics but this image struck a chord with me. There on the television screen was a human being attempting to separate himself from a larger connectivity that was merely unbreakable.
Now I'm looking at all the protests happening in the country and although I never supported Trump, I often wonder if it would make me hypocritical to be amused by thousands of Americans chanting those words. I think during this troubling time, it's important for many to ask themselves this question .
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