A Picture with the Queen of England

I had attended some kind of elaborate world political event at Buckingham Palace with my family. I was standing in a room on an upper floor with large floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over an ornate garden where various world political figures were observing the Queen of England giving an important speech. After the speech was over, the world leaders who had been in the garden were coming inside Buckingham Palace and they were walking through the room where we had been watching the speech. At first, my mom chased down the Queen, who was wearing a purple dress, and was able to have a picture taken with her. I was so excited by her having done this, thinking how cool it would be to have a picture with the Queen. After everyone was gone, I found myself alone in the large room. I saw Obama, dressed in a white shirt and tie with black pants and shoes, come through a side door with his entourage and I yelled out “Mr. Obama, can I have my picture taken with you?” I was really nervous at first because I was not sure if I would be allowed to take the picture with Obama due to the secret service personnel. He told them to go away and come back later and he said he would be more than happy to take a photo with me. At that point, I felt thrilled to be able to do this. I was having trouble with the digital camera, so Obama took a look at it and he was able to get it working! We took several photos and eventually Obama began making silly faces at the camera as we took photos! He began to act goofy, just like we were best friends hanging out. At one point, Obama began to break dance and he allowed me to take pictures of him while he was dancing. We talked for a long time and I felt so excited to be hanging out with the President of the United States. Eventually, Obama said he was really disappointed that he had to go, but he said if he didn’t, the Secret Service would be angry with him, and then I woke up.

From a 26-year old U.S. History teacher in Tennessee, July 18, 2010

The dreamer enjoyed the dream and said, “I felt really happy to have had such a cool experience, even though it wasn’t real.”  A liberal Democrat male, he thought the dream had somewhat changed his view of the President:  “It made me see Obama more as a human being or ‘average guy.'”

The Queen of England’s recent visit to the US, where she spoke to the United Nations General Assembly on July 6, very likely influenced the setting of this dream.  The symbolic grandeur of a true Queen speaking to the United Nations, the embodiment of an ideal global community, certainly provides potent raw material for the dreaming imagination.  We might expect a teacher of U.S. History to be especially sensitive to the impact of such momentous events.

Obama’s friendly presence in the dream suggests that he may, at one level, represent for the dreamer a personal sense of connection to that collective realm of political idealism.  The playful, surprisingly competent figure of Obama mediates between the dreamer’s individual reality and an idealized collective reality.  Obama is the President of the US and the most powerful man in the world, but he is also a goofy dancer who’s an average guy just like the dreamer.

He Loses His Temper

551ceaefe802201547_lbm6bh3agI dreamed that President Obama and the First Lady were doing a TV interview. They were older, both had more grey hair and both had put on weight. Michelle was not as glamorous as we’re used to seeing her–she was wearing her hair kind of puffy–straight back, exposing a lot of curly grey edges. As the interview progressed, Barack’s breathing was a little uneven. He apologized and said that he had just come back from playing basketball. But then he began to hyperventilate really badly. The scene became tense. Michelle was so upset that it looked like she was about to cry because it looked as if Barack was about to have a heart attack. She turned to him and asked something along the lines of, “I don’t understand… Why would you do this? Why would you play basketball so soon before this interview?” Barack became very irritated and snapped back and said that it was the only time he had available to play. When they return in the next segment, Obama apologizes to his wife and the audience for losing his temper.

From a 29-year old woman in January of 2009

Michelle and Barack Get Married, Again

It’s the day after the Inauguration, only instead of attending more balls or parties, the entire world is bursting with anticipation over the first White House wedding. Barack and Michelle will be getting married today. Twin Oprahs are the bridesmaids. Apparently they’ve been so busy these last few years that they haven’t had a chance to get married yet. They still have their two daughters, and were always planning to get married once they finished the campaign trail. barack_obama_weddingNow that he’s President they finally get the chance. The wedding is inside a massive sandstone Cathedral, but Michelle doesn’t think it’s appropriate to wear white (I mean, they’ve got two kids; going for the virginal look seems a bit twee) – so instead she walks down the aisle in a lovely, deep orange dress. Sounds awful but it works, very classy. She’s got beautiful jewelery too, and everyone keeps nodding and approving, still comparing her to Jackie O. Barack wears black tie. The Oprahs wears red.

From a 27-year old American woman in Australia, February 2009.

She adds: “I ended the dream feeling grateful that we Americans were finally relaxed enough in our ways to just be happy for this incredible couple; even giddy that we get to help celebrate their long-overdue wedding. The media are being supportive, but respectful. It took a few minutes of being awake to convince that alas, the Obamas are already married.”

“About Myself : I’m a 27 year old American woman who’s lived in Sydney, Australia for the last 10 years – came here for college and just ended up staying. I’m a founding partner in a boutique creative communications consulting firm that specializes in helping progressive companies and causes “do good, better”. Now that Barack Obama’s in the White House, I may even move home one day.”