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Mr Obama’s Date With Destiny

The history of the United States will record that the 2008 Presidential poll represented more than the election of another President

Washington DC. January 20th 2009. 12 noon.

As the historic inaugural day draws ever nearer, a world in turmoil on many fronts waits impatiently to witness the inauguration of America’s 44th President. Born in Hawaii to a white American mother and a black Kenyan father, former US Senator Barack Hussein Obama is about to become the first black person in history to assume the office of President of the United States of America.

Official Inaugural Store by Presidential Inaugural CommitteeA Penny for Mr Lincoln’s Thoughts

As we pause to reflect on the inhumanity of America’s long and brutal history of slavery, it is important to recall that only 50 years ago in America’s southern states, Barack Obama, by the colour of his skin, would not have been allowed to sit in a bus or occupy a seat in a diner. Five decades later with polls now measuring his level of support at 85% of the American people, Mr Obama will gain a seat, the nation’s leading seat, directly behind a history making desk – in the Oval Office of the White House.

History on behalf of so many speaks, Hallelujah and Amen.

It appears America has finally cast aside the chains of shame that bound it to it’s slave owning past. Michelle Obama, spouse of the President elect, herself a direct descendent of African American slaves and slave owners and America’s next First Lady, is living proof of what I suggest is the final act of the true emancipation of African Americans in this new century. The history of the United States will record that the 2008 Presidential poll represented much more than the election of another President.

Who says Democracy is a Failed Concept?

The understandable euphoria which surrounded Barack Obama’s election as the first man of colour to reach the White House as President, tended to disguise the obvious fact that the 2008 Presidential election was won by the brightest, the most qualified and the most appealing candidate. Voters, many for the first time, were interested enough to examine and study the Obama candidacy and what it potentially offered.

With Barack Obama doing increasingly well against Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary contests, the prospect of a possible Obama Presidency began to attract world wide interest. A spontaneous tsnami of support began to surface among the masses in nearly every country. A phenomenon called Obamamania had arrived – and it was going global.  Obama’s European, Iraq and Afghanistan visits, strongly criticised by his opponent beforehand as nothing more than grandstanding, were well timed, strategised and added further credibility and substance to his campaign on his return. In the eyes of most people, Barack Obama, as a serious Presidential contender had arrived.

An early comment from Europe

When I wrote the Obama profile titled “The Power of One” on 16th February 2008, I noted that it felt like an election for a “World President”. That line produced this comment from Mr Trond Hjerlow in Norway.

“Dear John,
I am a white Norwegian male at the age of 71. I just wish to thank you very much for your article, the video, and the base you set for all of the positive dreams, hopes and comments in your blog. I picked just one sentence from your article, because having followed Barack Obama closely since July 2004 – it says it all. “It feels like an election for a world President!”
  — Posted by Trond Hjerlow – Norway / April 9, 2008, 9:04 pm.

Big Ears? All the Better to Listen With

In 2008, the name, “Obama,” became the most recognisable name around the globe – much to his opponent’s chagrin. Support for Barack Obama represented different aspirational ideas and hopes and dreams for different people everywhere. Yet common issues usually included the promotion of racial equality and equal rights, protection of the environment, an end to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and a less militaristic United States foreign policy approach, with greater emphasis on international diplomacy where possible via the UN forum.

To many, the name Obama represents “Hope & Change”.  

Another feature of the election was the dedicated commitment of many private internet bloggers who supported the Obama campaign from around the world. These provided alternate views which offset the entrenched bias of America’s mainstream media. Barack Obama’s cost free campaign bloggers such as “Telling Thoughts” also operated as the necessary communication arteries vital to building and sustaining Barack Obama’s growing influence with his grassroots supporters. It was an honour to be involved.

The Historic Day

At exactly 12 noon on January 20th 2009, President elect Barack H Obama will take the oath of office. Traditionally it is administered by the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court using the form mandated in Article II, Section 1 of the United States Constitution:

The Oath: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States,and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States”.

Following the taking of the oath by the new Commander in Chief, military bands will play four ruffles and flourishes, then “Hail to the Chief”, followed by a 21-gun salute from howitzers of the Military District of Washington. President, Barack H Obama will then deliver the inaugural address, setting the future tone and vision for his administration.

US Presidents & President elect Obama .. 3 mins 54

A Welcoming World Awaits President Obama

Lincoln BibleOn Inauguration day, the entire global community will have the opportunity to pause to observe a new chapter of history as it is written. Regardless of where we live, work or play, when President elect Obama places his hand upon the inaugural Bible, those of us not in Washington DC, will be firmly glued to television sets or internet streams wherever possible. President elect Obama has elected to use Abraham Lincoln’s inauguration Bible (shown) for the swearing in. The last President to be sworn in using this Bible was Mr Lincoln himself in 1861. His Bible is on loan from Congress.

One can easily imagine excited classrooms of children in their millions, being encouraged by their teachers to contemplate what this Presidency could mean to their future. An appropriate subject for class essays, post inauguration. Without exception, everyone, everywhere, will be touched by the decisions the new President will have to make. And without doubt the challenges he faces will be many and great. 

Regardless of the size of the task ahead, America and the the world at large are indeed fortunate that such a gifted man is about to take charge of the world’s greatest democracy during these difficult times. The rebuilding of America’s image, its spheres of international influence and its domestic productive capacity will begin with the Obama Presidency. And the world will be much safer place as a result.

With best wishes from Australia

Go Obama /Yes you can

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Discussion

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  1. He is the change we have been waiting for. I wish I could be at the Inauguration but the cold and lack of personal facilities has me a bit scared. This will be a day like no other. Thank you for your support during our campaign and election. I hope the world will also benefit from his election.

    God Bless, Charmaine, Greenlawn, NY

    Posted by Charmaine A Nygaard | January 8, 2009, 11:51 pm
  2. John,

    Thank you for this wonderful insight. I truly also believe that Obama was born and destined for this position.

    My only concern is that people remember that he is NOT the messiah…he is a man serving his destiny and purpose. I encourage folks everywhere to hold him in prayer for he has the toughest job ever in our American history…cleaning up a major mess and turning our economy around. It can and will be done, however, he is only one human man and cannot do it alone.

    May all of you around the world hold America and Obama in the light of prayer for a successful presidency. He needs all of our positive and prayerful thoughts.

    Thanks,
    Carole, Warren, MI

    Posted by Carole Mullins | January 9, 2009, 9:56 am
  3. “He’s demonstrated the Mustard Seed Parable with excellence. From a child in a broken home with a mother who eventually had to get on welfare, stepping stones of thought empowered with the Audacity of Hope and action equates to true faith. Barack Hussein Obama evolved from community organizer to a world leader.” – Jennifer Folley

    Circumstances do not make the man, they reveal him.” – James Allen

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    Posted by Jennifer Folley | January 9, 2009, 6:15 pm
  4. Each new national poll seems to show still more support for and confidence in Barack Obama than earlier ones. Never in my wildest dreams before or after the campaign did I imagine this kind of euphoria — your word, John, and the right one. Obama’s calm, steady “can-do, take-charge” demeanor during the transition has conquered all but the most diehard conservatives and nay-sayers. I’m so thankful that he happened in my lifetime. What a leader he promises to be!

    After JFK’s assassination the cartoon that I remember most vividly showed Lincoln in his beautiful Memorial by the Potomac — not sitting somberly in his chair as usual but hunched over, his head in his hands, grieving for the young president. I’ve tried to imagine how he would appear if he could celebrate with us now.

    Posted by Bebe | January 10, 2009, 2:02 am
  5. I’m also fixed on “Obama for the world” idea. I think the world needs a leader like him. He has shown to have a great many leadership skills.

    I say;Obama for the world.

    Posted by Haya456 | January 10, 2009, 8:06 am
  6. Thanks! This is wonderful. I’m sending it to my kids!

    Posted by Jane Anne Jeffries | January 11, 2009, 11:53 pm
  7. Wonderful essay. Captures the true essence of this historic occasion and what it means for each of us.

    Posted by Victoria | January 13, 2009, 1:24 am
  8. Hi John!

    Happy 2009 dear friend! I miss you from the OBAMA-BIDEN Family Blog but am thrilled that you are keeping in touch as promised. Thank you so much for this post. Once again, you have proven your commitment to providing us with insightful historical perspectives we have come to love and expect. Although we are hundreds of miles apart from each other, we will gather at the banquet table of UNITY, feast on HOPE and drink the wine of CHANGE for a better future the entire world looks forward to.

    Cheers dear friend!
    Athena

    Posted by Athena | January 13, 2009, 10:34 am
  9. Thank you for this wonderful post. I will share it with many!

    Posted by olga | January 14, 2009, 12:29 am
  10. This is truly an historical time for America and the world. Though, Barack is our first African-American Elected President, he is also a man of honor and exudes humbleness and sincere character. His obsession with President, Lincoln is amazing and I pray that this personal relationship that he has with Lincoln will continue to inspire his ambitions as President of the United States.

    I am still filled with chills just thinking about this dream realized. I even find myself talking to Barack and Michelle’s pictures on magazine covers…asking them, “did they really know that this day would come?” It truly feels like a dream and I don’t want to wake up. Our young are so inspired.

    Just to hear my 4-year old grand-daughter continuously exclaim that her President’s name is “Barack Obama” with so much certainty is priceless.

    My one regret is that as a Singer-Songwriter, Entertainer and Performer, for lack of contacts, I cannot take part in the festivities. I wanted so much to be a part of the entertainment. But, there’a always 2012. Perhaps, during the next Inauguration I will have the opportunity to perform. Please feel free to check me out on my website. I’ll post it under my signature.

    Finally, Let us all realize that Obama’s task in fixing what has been broken is not going to be an easy task. Everyone must gear up with patience, prayer and understanding.

    Congratulations and Best wishes to President Elect- Barack Obama.

    Lots of love.

    Marilyn
    http://www.marilynashfordbrown.com

    Posted by Marilyn Denise Ashford | January 14, 2009, 2:15 am