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Lin-Mauel Miranda Brought The House Down At Obama's Farewell

Culture & Community By Richard R, For Latin Life1815 views
Lin-Mauel Miranda Brought The House Down At Obama's Farewell

During Obama's Farewell soiree, Lin-Manuel Miranda's performace brought the house down and pretty much captured the mood of America as it prepares to say farewell to the United State's first black President.  The final days of the Obama administration are upon us and everyone is dealing with it in their own way. Saying goodbye ain't easy, but change must come - whether that will bode good or ill - one cannot say.

In the midst of this, Miranda's performace reflected the mood within the gathering. Lin-Manuel Miranda and Christopher Jackson reprised their roles as Alexander Hamilton and George Washington, respectively and performed “One Last Time” from the “Hamilton” soundtrack - one in which the Obama Administration played a role in the evolution of the songs within Miranda's hit musical.

The song perfectly captures this process of handing over power, and explains some of the motivations for why George Washington felt it necessary to step down from power, rather than holding onto it. It was a powerful performance that brought many members of the audience, including Miranda, to tears.

I am also reminded of one of Abraham Lincoln's best quote:

"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."  

And add to that this very real quote from a fictional character:

Because with "Great Power comes Great Responsibility".  The Power of the Presidency of the United States of America is supposedly a very powerful position.  What one does with that power, whether they choose to use it wisely or abuse will show everyone what kind of person they are - and where their morals lie.