Normally I don’t pay a lot of attention to American politics, the biggest reason being that I find their extreme national pride frequently borders on mindless arrogance and often crosses that line. But it’s been impossible over the last long while not to have a clue or two about what’s been going on. Doesn’t everyone, everywhere, recognize Barack Obama’s name? How funny is it that until a few days ago I couldn’t have told you the name of the Republican presidential candidate off the top of my head?
Of course, knowing next to nothing about something has never stopped me (and thousands of others) from making comments about it all anyway. And the events of yesterday did have great historical signifigance, and no doubt will continue to do so. Thus this little blog – which will get lost in the millions like it around the world.
“If there is anyone out there who still doubts America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of democracy, tonight is your answer,” Obama said.
“It’s the answer told by lines that stretched around schools and churches, in numbers this nation has never seen, by people who waited for three hours, four hours – many for the first time in their lives – because they believed that this time must be different, and their voices could be that difference.
“At this defining moment, change has come to America.”
Obama did not shy away from the challenges facing his nation. “The greatest of a lifetime,” he called them, “two wars, a planet in peril, the worst financial crisis in a century.”
It certainly didn’t hurt his chances that the George W. Bush government (and the man himself) were both so deeply unpopular with failed economic policies, a seemingly never-ending war in Iraq and an eroding of civil liberties. So let’s get on with the business of fixing these things, shall we? Obama is young and smart and he has a beautiful family. What’s not to like?