E pluribus unum

Those amazing words State Sen. Barack Obama gave to us at the 2004 address at the Democratic convention:

“It is that fundamental belief — it is that fundamental belief — I am my brother’s keeper, I am my sisters’ keeper — that makes this country work. It’s what allows us to pursue our individual dreams, yet still come together as a single American family: “E pluribus unum,” out of many, one. Now even as we speak, there are those who are preparing to divide us, the spin masters and negative ad peddlers who embrace the politics of anything goes. Well, I say to them tonight, there’s not a liberal America and a conservative America; there’s the United States of America. There’s not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America; there’s the United States of America.”

Now, a glimpse into the future of a Barack Obama presidency, where tolerance reaches all bounds, especially during moments like this in Manhattan’s Upper West Side:

I especially enjoy that there is a Veteran of Foreign Wars in the small group and that Old Glory is held high, leading their parade. Maybe this is why Governor Palin speaks fondly of “small town America”?