It’s too easy to compare the stellar Star Spangled Banner performance Jennifer Hudson gave at the Super Bowl to the iconic one given by Whitney Houston all those years ago. Maybe it’s even a little dismissive of the impact of both. Looking beyond that, Jennifer Hudson is an ideal emblem of perseverance and triumph for our time. Her bold, overwhelmingly moving, and virtuoso rendition of the National Anthem acted as more than just a well sung moment of patriotism before a football game. It was a statement about daring to move forward in strength and hope, a mood that has been particularly resonant around the country (and world) for the last few weeks. She sang in a way reflective of the power and tenacity we feel in these slightly waning moments of enfranchisement and achievement. And she did it well.