"Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?"

11 November 2008 12:00 AM CST


"Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?"

Laura and I just watched an amazing movie. If you haven’t seen it, there is literally no better time than now. Considering the historic election we just witnessed here in America, the movie is remarkably poignant. I couldn’t help but realize several remarkable details. There is a moment in the film where Sidney Poitier is speaking with Spencer Tracy about the future possibilities for his potential children with Katharine Houghton’s character and he says she believes they’ll “be president of the United States and they’ll all have colorful administrations.”  It blows my mind that this film was made in 1967, six years after the birth of President Elect Barack Obama.  Who could have ever imagined that Barack Obama, a real-life example of the fiction in this movie, would later be elected President of the United States?  It is amazing to see what can happen over the course of a lifetime.  I’m still young, and I can only marvel at the looks on the faces of those older and more experienced than me.  When made, this movie was probably considered a bit of science fiction.  Now, that science fiction has become reality.  Amazing.

Finally, for a recent article further relating this movie to the Presidential Election, here’s something from the November 2, 2008 New York Times.