Clichéd though it may sound, they have proven to the world that the American Dream does exist. Let’s take a look at Barack Obama. He’s a 47 year old Illinois Senator with only 4 years experience. He was born in Hawaii. He lived in Indonesia during his early adolescent years .. AND he has Hussein for a middle name. And guess what ….. he will be the 44th US President come January 20, 2009. The first black president in the history of the U.S.A.
He will be the most powerful man, in one of the most powerful nations in the world, for the next four years…at least.
There’s no denying that bigotry and prejudice exists in this vast continent. It exists everywhere for God’s sake. But it appears quite a few Americans managed to look past the colour of his skin and his middle name and voted for change. It was not about the individual. It was about the cause.
349 electoral votes vs. 162. A clear endorsement.
Some say that the Republicans got voted out as a result of the economic crisis. Brushing critics aside, the majority of Americans scored high in the department of racial acceptance. It was only 45 years ago, that the height of the civil rights movement brought on by Martin Luther King came into play. Those were times when segregationist policies in the South were still being practised. And yet today, … America has voted for a black President. A black president in white America. A historic moment indeed.
The NST reported yesterday that Obama once said at the 2004 Democratic National Convention: “As I stand here today, grateful for the diversity of my heritage, aware that my parents’ dreams live on in my two precious daughters. I stand here knowing that my story is part of the larger American story, that I owe a debt to all those who came before me, and that in no other country on Earth is my story even possible.” … “Only in America.”
I couldn’t agree more. Only in America.
Will there ever be a similar story told in Bolehland … the land that I live on …, I wonder? Only if you believe in miracles, I suppose.