A few weeks ago I invited a dedicated Obama campaign volunteer from North Carolina (a lady who prefers to remain anonymous) to consider recording her feelings and memories following her much anticipated sojourn to Washington DC for the inauguration of her country’s 44th President.
My thanks go to her for this fine contribution
The Chief Justice posed the question, “Are you prepared to take the oath Senator?”. Senator? It is a matter of public record that Barack Obama had resigned from the US Senate on and as early as 16th November 2008.
According to some media reports, the President elect Barack Obama, has offered the position of Secretary of State to the junior Senator from New York – Hillary Rodham Clinton. If that is the case, I would be more than surprised. Responsibility for healthcare reform I could understand.
Of one thing we can be sure. That is, that this story has not come from anyone in the official Obama transition team. In a tightly run Obama operation that is the only source for information about appointments in the future Obama White House administration.
America, your first day in a country now even closer to your heart’s desire is dawning. Your impossible, improbable dream of a President Barack Obama has in one momentous day, become the new American reality.
This is your chance to be one of many, and through “E Pluribus Unum” – “Out of many, One”. A more united America will grow. In Barack Obama’s own words, “A more perfect union”.This time, the power of your voting choice can change your life, change America and thus change the world. This day will be yours to remember.
It is mind boggling to think back and recall how it all began with Iowa and how long this journey has been. I have tried to imagine how Barack feels, including all of you who have organised, volunteered, donated, and dedicated yourselves to the cause. Everyone who has been involved in this campaign should feel very proud. It has been an amazing effort and an historic contest. Now in only seven days, the fruits of your labour will be known. This final drive could make all the difference
The impulsive warmonger John McCain rushes to judgement, Barack Obama does not. People are beginning to understand, that unlike McCain, Obama weighs things carefully, he consults with experts, he asks quality questions, and then as his record shows, he usually makes a good decision. He acts like a modern leader.This builds confidence.
In correctly assessing the public mood and the issue upon which to construct his campaign for “Change” in Washington, Barack Obama displayed an uncanny sense of being at one with the people. Such a connectivity is the liveblood of every successful politican. Contrary to the McCain campaign, the Obama juggernaut has been brilliantly managed in every respect.
From the starting gun, the gentleman from Delaware, unflinchingly absorbed Sarah Palin’s verbal swipes, her untruths, her brashness, her habit of winking at the audience, her having a dig at Gwen Ifill, and her reading lines throughout the entire ninety minutes. To his credit Senator Biden was measured, appeared at ease, showed polite forbearance, good humour and an appreciation that all his opponent really had, was mostly repetitious hot air, a lot of cheek, and memorised lines.
Just the kind of safe hands America needs over the next eight years to right the ship of state after eight years of the worst Presidency in living memory. The kind of safe hands and clear thinking Obama will employ to chart a new course to restore confidence in the economy via workable policy injections requiring targeted and limited regulation within segments of America’s financial markets. Measures specifically designed to kickstart and rebuild a vibrant and improved economic model from the entrails of a wrecked and crooked financial system.