The uproar in the United States of America after the new President elect, Barack Obama was announced early this morning (G.M.T) was deafening, applauded heavily but yet it seemed long in coming. The road to an Obama victory was paved with twists and turns, pebbles and eventually smooth landings. With some talk about the “honey moon being short for the victorious democrats and a fast period of disenchantment to follow,” it is indeed okay to block out all the ‘bruu ha ha’ for some time and enjoy this joyous moment.
I have followed the USA Election 2008 with calm reserve, heavily impressed by Obama’s presentations and eloquence but yet in the back of my mind cradling the foreboding that ‘its not over till its over’ and also my mind being often riddled with the revisit the USA election events of 2000. So I took the back seat and was almost a step short of becoming a ‘victory supporter’ but I picked up on the momentum a few months ago when I did my own research and looked beyond the Obama back lashing that was prevalent on the internet and other media.
The USA election 2008 has been quite a buzz in the United Kingdom (U.K), the major television networks in the U.K-BBC and Sky made it an issue of gracing us with the ‘goings on’ in America. Topics that often geared banter and were a recipe for chit chat in the office and office corridors about who the presidential hopeful would be were frequent within several organisations in the U.K. Then there were comments from protagonists of a junior senator vis a vis standing up against a man who had served country first for so many years and had actually been on ‘ground’ in Vietnam. I almost got a panic attack when yesterday, Rupert Murdoch, a media mogul, well respected in the world of media started going on in a B.B.C interview about Obama being a ‘practionist’ and would implement policies that would not favour a huge populous.
But then citing the famous words of Russell Crowe in Gladiator as Maximus, “If you win the crowd, you have won Rome.” Obama realised the importance of the crowd and tried to avoid as best as possible pulling out the race card instead using strategies to encourage people to vote, staying true to his ethos, putting off his policies on foreign policy and domestic issues such as the recent state of the economy concentrating on the middle class and low income earners and coming off as someone who had potential of taking America out of the notoriety and the economic situation that has prevailed in the last eight years.
Of course it goes without mentioning that it is awesome and wonderful to have the first Black President for the United States of America and of the developed world. It indeed adds notion to the fact that possibilities are endless and will create a drive in so many hard working and ambitious people of ethnic minority.
It is with utmost realisation and hope that the new President elect, Barack Obama, will unify America and its relationship with the world and perhaps the acts we have witnessed in the USA election 2008 will create open mindedness, room for creativity and thought beyond race and colour to achieve goals that will foster more positive relations not only within America herself but with the west and the world in general.