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Self in San Francisco

November 2nd, 2004

There Are Exceptions
Mr. Bush has won the election and he now has another four years to implement what he's started. The headline under the photographs of the two candidates on the cover of the pre election edition of The Economist was “Incompetence versus Incoherence” and incompetence has apparently won. Four more years of incompetence was not my hope for the future, not my idea of what we need for success.

I would like to say I had every confidence in Mr. Kerry. I did not, but given what seems to be the abyss and what may or may not be the abyss, I'll go with “what may or may not be” every time. My view is not shared by a majority of the American people. Such is life. Here in Oakland. (Oakland gave Kerry 74% of the vote and Bush 24%.) God bless.

I think we need to focus on the day to day. If the next election is important, work toward the next election; if specific issues are important, fight for those issues; if shooting photographs is important, shoot photographs, but whatever happens, remain engaged. Who knows? Maybe we were all wrong about this administration and sheer luck has given us another four years that will turn out just wonderful and fine. History does not give much hope to those who hope that self righteous incompetence will lead to good outcomes, but what the hell, there are exceptions.

The banner photograph was taken by the instructor of a class in San Francisco with a Nikon D2h mounted with a 17-55mm f 2.8 Nikkor lens at ISO 1000.