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The Power of One

He is by any standard, the most talented, and qualified candidate from either side of the political divide.

A reader advisory

This article is my response to a Barack supporter in the United States who was concerned about the the possibility of colour and race being used surreptitiously, in concert with elements of the media, to disguise an attempt to deny Barack Obama a fair opportunity to achieve his destiny. The Presidency of the United States of America.

American FlagDear Barack supporter

To be credible, I need to reveal one or two facts about myself before addressing the subject of your concerns. I am a 68 yr old white male and an Australian citizen of Irish and Scottish heritage. As such I am not eligible to vote in your election. However I support Barack Obama for election as the 44th President of the United States, simply because he is by any standard, the most talented, and qualified candidate from either side of the political divide.

Only one candidate has satisfactorily demonstrated the type of skills and leadership qualities people quite rightfully expect to see in a candidate for the office of President. In Obama’s overwhelming favour these include: His sound policy positions, diplomatic skills, political skills, sage judgement, people skills, personal ethics, temperament, proven management skills and of course at 47 yrs, his age advantage when one considers the work load and pressures involved in managing the most demanding job in the world.

Back to the original question.

The fact is, we like Barack. Personally I wouldn’t care if he was green, had stripes or that he might be lousy at table tennis. I suppose that last bit is possible. None of this matters. People feel close to Obama. They can see he likes people and genuinely cares for them. He touches us through his natural humanity and in the midst of the political crossfire, we admire his strength, resolve, integrity and even politeness. It’s a rare thing we witness.

People know that his words, while beautiful to contemplate, are not false. We are reassured by his easy demeanour and his truth is reflected in the sincerity of his smile. People feel these things. They are confident in his ability because he communicates a clear understanding as to what needs to be done as President to restore people’s faith in the future. This time people are endowing a special man with their trust in addition to their vote. They sense they have arrived at a special place and time in their country’s history. A time many thought would never happen in their lifetime. And they have made their choice. Obama knows this and is respectful of that great responsibility.

Quite openly he has challenged every American to make a commitment to their own future and that of their country. He has invited them to work with him in solving the country’s problems thereby suggesting that together they can build a brighter future for all Americans. A concept readily embraced by people who are voting for change. It is a willing contract between the people and a man of the people, who if they prevail, will be their next President. Such a pact is historic. People can’t wait to start.

Around the globe people are beginning to feel more safe, more connected and more positive about the future at the prospect of an Obama Presidency. Ask anyone in any country, anywhere. Polls are confirming it. People of all ages, race, colour, creed and religion have joined together as one, to work and volunteer, most for the first time, to help bring positive change. The ripple effect of this momentum is building like a tsunami as it reaches out and begins to touch the lives of people everywhere. It feels like an election for a world President!

Many years ago I read “The Power of One” an amazing and inspirational book by the famous Australian author Bryce Courtenay. They made a superb movie based on the book. Those of you who have had the privilege to read it will understand it’s relevance to this article.

Please play this short video before reading the ending.

As human beings seeking a better world, we recognise a gifted leader when we see one. As Oprah with deep belief said so aptly.  “He is the One”.

The only colour I see in Barack Obama is the colour of the future. It is a hue which promises to make the world a better place. And a Presidency which promises to make America bright and beautiful again.

Australia
Email: john@tellingthoughts.com

“To the Dreamers” by: Akin Salawu – AkinScribe5

Copyright: John Hay (All rights reserved)

Discussion

162 comments for “The Power of One”

  1. I can barely write because my heart is full, my tears free flowing, and the very depth of my soul is touched! What an awesome piece..both the written word and the media expression. It needs to play in Denver at the Democratic National Convention. I will replay it many times and share it with as many others.

    Thank you for your tremendous contribution to this cause!

    Posted by Robbie of Maryland | February 17, 2008, 5:02 am
  2. Oh Say Can You See? It seems to me there is something special happening…Thankyou John for a wonderful and stirring message about Barack Obama and how, in his own way, he is touching so many people. Your “Power of One” is such an inspiring message (hence my reply) and one you have presented so very well. With your words, supported by that wonderful video, I felt my own heart swell, and I am not even an American citizen!

    I absolutely endorse the notion as described by Dr Martin Luther King Jnr when he called for people to be judged by the strength of their character and not by the colour of their skin. The relevance of his words have never diminished, and yet, take on a new relevance when Barack’s opponents try to play the ‘race-card’ in attempting to diminish his qualifications and abilities to hold high office. In my opinion, this only draws their own credibility into question to hold office. How can one purport to uphold one set of ideals yet espouse a point of view that fundamentally contradicts it?

    So, do we dare to dream?
    DREAM…such an evocative word; powerful through its connection to the human spirit. It is this very human connection that seems to sit comfortably alongside that other very human quality – HOPE.

    Dream – it seems we can dare to dream again.
    Hope – we can, and together with action comes…
    Change – and it seems the people of the United States are embracing it, just as the rest of the world clamours for it.

    The Power of One – Like Ghandi, and like the boy in Bryce Courtney’s novel, it only takes one to create a movement that can change the course of history. It all starts with you. What do you believe in? What do you dare dream? What are you willing to do?

    Posted by Stirling | February 17, 2008, 8:23 pm
  3. Thank you John for such a work of art. I have been wondering how to contribute to the movement of change as I am from Miri , Sarawak , Malaysia. As an artist I am moved to reach out with art and music… tho at the moment it is incubating in me.

    You have created a most beautiful message that will reach numberless people and if I can help in any way, do let me know.

    Barack defies description. Thats why we have to express how we feel in music , art and in word art.

    Yours in building a new world,

    Mary Anne

    Posted by Mary Anne Vaz | March 3, 2008, 1:26 pm
  4. Yes We Can!

    The United States of America is moving to reclaim its spirit.

    “By their fruits ye shall know them.”

    Posted by Karen H. California | March 4, 2008, 7:14 am
  5. Wonderful!. Thanks for the words and the video. I am so happy to see our nation finally accepting that there are brilliant people in all of America. For too long, brilliance has overlooked in certain sectors because of skin color, ethnicity, or gender. The time for that is done. Great inspiring piece.

    Posted by Lucy Hussein, GA | March 5, 2008, 4:27 am
  6. I absolutely loved this video and your blog. You are correct the world is rapidly changing right before our eyes. Never before have so many people been so enthused about a campaign. I literally spend hours each day keeping up with all the campaign details. When was the last time people were so interested in an election? I know I have not witnessed it my lifetime and if America does not choose Obama we will probably never feel like this again. I am 32yrs old and have never voted until March 5th 2008 because there was never a candidate that I felt compelled to vote for it would have been simply a waste of 30 minutes of my day to go and vote for another lying politician. I am now canvassing and phonebanking for Barack because I feel compelled to do something for the future of my daughters and America. This is a wonderful feeling. However I am so afraid of the latter because if he does not win this election I know that this will probably be my first and last vote!!! “OUR TIME HAS COME”!! We are so tired of politics as usual and the politicians doing anything to be elected into office..If you have to use the “kitchen sink strategy” in order to get votes then chances are no one wants you in their kitchen anyway..let alone running this country. Hillary just needs to go back to be being the dumb woman that only stayed with her husband enduring his philandering because of her own politcal aspirations..

    OBAMA 08

    Posted by shanah | March 6, 2008, 3:51 pm
  7. Awesome video, John! The world needs to see.

    I know how you feel, Shanah. I believe we are facing a watershed moment. Barack Obama’s leadership skills are very rare. I doubt that we will see them in a politician again in our lifetime.

    It creates some anxious moments during the primaries and caucuses, doesn’t it?

    I have just checked the Breaking News: Barack Obama is projected to win Wyoming with 91% reporting, so I can relax until the next one.

    I don’t live in the US, so I can’t vote, donate, or man the phones; however, I can blog and blog and talk and talk and encourage and encourage.

    I live in Canada. Although the race and election is not about us, we are following the events very closely. So many of us are routing for Barack Obama — the topic of daily discussions.

    After Hillary Clinton’s performance as President Clinton’s wife and now as a candidate, it is a mystery to me how she can muster up any support at all.

    It is because of her record, strategies and tactics that we must make sure she does not win.

    It is because of Barack Obama’s incredible integrity and leadership skills that we must make sure he does win.

    Thank you, American Obama supporters for all your volunteering. Thank you, Australian Obama supporters for all your contributions.

    It is so important for the whole world.

    Jacquie
    White, Female, Middle-aged

    Posted by Jacquie Kangas | March 9, 2008, 9:33 am
  8. Hi, I just saw your link on the Obama blogs.

    What a great site, and awesome video! I loved it. It was soothing to my soul, which the mainstream media tried to sabatoge yesterday.

    The media attacks regarding Obama’s pastor were brutal, and calculated. I can’t explain how, but I knew that much about Rev. Wright after reading about him in a British publication about two months ago. The things he said were no real secret, and nothing he ever preached on a weekly basis.

    Our mainstream media is trying to make us forget that we’re in a major recession, if not the beginnings of a real economic depression. The costs of living are skyrocketing, and wages are NOT going up. Our medical care system is broken, we are in a financial crisis, our troops are dying in an illegal war, and George W. Bush will go down in the books as the worst president the US has ever had. Did I mention our national infrastructure is in dire need of overhaul?

    That’s why the corporate owned mainstream media feels the need to try and scare the bejeezus out of anyone not thinking of voting for same ol’ same ol’ Clinton or McCain. They can’t pin any scandals on Obama, so they are trying to bring him down through his former pastor.

    Your work for Obama, as an Ozzie, is heartwarming and appreciated. I know the world is watching. I wish our nation was aware! Some are, but many are not.

    Thank you from the bottom of my red-blooded American heart.

    Love,
    Laura Hussein Summers

    Posted by Laura Hussein | March 16, 2008, 1:37 pm
  9. Thank YOU so very much John! Brief but yet so brilliant… a must see for everyone! I have goosebumps on the top of my head… and shivers like never before at the mere thought of a wonderful future for Americans alike and the world will be watching a transformation like never seen before!

    Posted by Shirley Hussein | March 16, 2008, 3:12 pm
  10. Hi John I like you, am unable to vote, I live in Jamaica, W.I. but I have been compelled by this man to try to better in my daily life and to hope.

    I sat in my living room over the weekend and as images of Rev. Wright were shown over & amp; over I muted it and went about my daily life. I was so upset with MSM and how they tried to turn this against Sen Obama.

    I know what Sen. Obama is asking not just Americans but people of the world. I feel it, my family feels it, my community feels it, my friends feel it. I just hope America feels it.

    Posted by Phillipa | March 18, 2008, 2:03 am
  11. Thank you John, for maintaining such an uplifting website. It seems that lately the blogs on our official Obama website are full of folks trolling and looking to tear us down morally, or true Obama supporters panicking and being depressed. Barack told us change would be hard. I think we naively hoped it wouldn’t be ugly. Thank you for the beauty we can come here and experience.

    Posted by Angela Phillips | March 18, 2008, 7:29 am
  12. The Wilde quote at the beginning of your video says it all. Thanks, John, you are doing a GOOD thing.

    Posted by Bonnie | March 20, 2008, 10:54 pm
  13. John, this is my short post I put on Barack’s blog:

    I have just finished reading a post from an Australian who from thousands of miles away sees the possibility of all our futures better than a large number of my fellow Americans. His post and the video compilation that accompanies it has left me for the first time in my life feeling I have at last found my religion. The religion teaching hope, the religion teaching we have to dream, the religion of the future.

    Thank you, John!

    Posted by Tanja Dominko | March 24, 2008, 10:55 pm
  14. Hi John,

    I have seen your video before and am once again moved to tears, filled with hope and proud to have friends in Australia like you!

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

    Barack is the man that can change the world from the ground up!

    BryAnn

    Posted by BryAnn B | March 25, 2008, 1:50 am
  15. John— Thank you so much for your article and your video. They were inspired and inspiring. I’m amazed that you took the trouble, half-way across the world, and cared enough to do this.

    Here, the dusty deadly details of sorry media coverage occupy the floor and we lose sight of what Barack Obama is bringing us. (I guess you Aussies owe us one for sending Rupert Murdoch our way with Fox!)

    Thank you so much for the simple, profound message of your work. It put me right back on track with high hopes again.
    Best, Diana

    Posted by Dinerlee | March 26, 2008, 5:54 am
  16. “The Power of One” is probably one of the top 5 books I’ve ever read. I enjoyed the movie also but the book really blew me away! You did a very nice job with this video my friend.

    (Editor JH: The video, as credited in the article, was due to the brilliance of Obama supporter Akin Salawu. You must have not seen that. When I wrote the profile on Barack (The Power of One) it must have been providence that I discovered Akin’s production only minutes later. I knew instantly that the narrative and media were made for each other. Apparently many people feel the same.) Some days are diamonds!

    Posted by Daniel McKernan | March 26, 2008, 10:32 am
  17. John,

    I cannot begin to tell you how moving your article & video are. I have often told friends of mine that if you want to really learn something, you need to read what our friends around the world are saying and feeling. Thank you for seeing what too many Americans will refuse to see and thus the threat of missing out on an opportunity of a lifetime.
    I hope we will prevail and allow such a man to lead and represent our country beginning in 2009. I pray daily for this.
    I see Mr. Obama as a man of peace and love and respect for all mankind and I imagine a world with him as our leader and I am overwhelmed.

    Posted by Barbara | March 26, 2008, 10:39 am
  18. We who dream understand these things; we see what is going on, not only here in America, but around the globe. Some say Barack Obama is all talk, pretty words to hide a lack of substance. But we know better. Substance? My God, if only they had some semblance of intuitive ability, some glimmer of mental acuity; if only these past decades had not dimmed our collective intellect, driven bright people into the shadows…but then, we now have a chance to bring the best and brightest back onto center stage…Ladies and gentlemen, the next president of The United States: Barack Obama.

    Posted by Cary Chrysler | March 26, 2008, 11:25 am
  19. John, thank you soooo much for that incredibly moving letter and video, and thanks to Tajna for putting up the link. I was moved to tears. Thank god for Barack and how he’s opening our hearts and reviving our spirit.

    Posted by Phaedre Hussein | March 26, 2008, 11:42 am
  20. What a wonderful piece! It touched my soul and gives me hope.

    Posted by Kerry | March 26, 2008, 11:52 am
  21. I’m in Melbourne. An Australian citizen born in Ireland. I consider the books “The Power of One” and “Tandia” the best of Bryce Courtenay. His later work has been disappointing for me. I am surprised by how much this election means to me. I heard Obama interviewed a couple of years ago about “The Audacity of Hope”. I have since read both his books and really admire him. There are very few people in the world to hold up as models but he is certainly one. I wish I could help but all I can do is hope, pray and leave comments! He is hope for a better way foward. I hope the American voters have the courage to take this unique opportunity.

    Posted by Anne | March 26, 2008, 3:10 pm
  22. I have no choice but to add “Thank You!!!” to this very very very touching contribution. I am not an American Citizen, I wish so much that I could contribute just a little to Obama’s tremendously inspiring effort… Indeed this is like an election for the President of the World… I just hope USA understands the world is watching, waiting to see if this great opportunity is held onto for dear life… I have great respect for Mr. Barack Obama and his family of supporters. Again, I am touched by this article, please get it on every media possible! THANKS!!!

    Posted by Colin-Antigua & Barbuda | March 26, 2008, 9:43 pm
  23. Thank you soooo Much for this!
    Although I am crying buckets,
    It has inspired me so. I wish I could just HUG Obama and His Beautiful Family!

    Posted by Phoenix Rising 4 Obama | March 27, 2008, 2:15 am
  24. Beautiful video. Will see if the local library has the book. Senator Clinton chided Obama and told him he should not give the people false hope. I am beginning to see why. I was not voting for her, but did not realize exactly how downright evil she was. I kept thinking her followers were bad mouthing me due to her speeches. Found out today she has a page of her lies about Obama that they have been using for their constant attacks on my intelligence and my character.

    I am quite used to ugly people, but I am not used to a candidate that demeans citizens and encourages her followers to do likewise. After almost a year of the “he is a Muslim” “his middle name is Hussien!!! Wake up he is going to lead us to slaughter!!! the Bible tells me so” and “Omigod he does not wear a flag lapel pin” and so on, they have now endangered Obama’s life as well as Rev. Wright with their lies. It was a nice dream while it lasted, but the truth is the typical US citizen is a nightmare. If I were not so old, I would move to Australia. The people seem nice there.

    Posted by mary | March 28, 2008, 12:29 pm
  25. This is the most inspiring piece on Senator Obama I have seen! It is so amazing to realize how many people outside America are watching this process and agree with us regarding Senator Obama’s character and intelligence. I had truly given up and along comes Senator Obama!

    Thank you again, sir, for putting your beautiful words with this powerful video.

    Posted by Maxine | March 28, 2008, 8:07 pm
  26. Superb article and one of the best videos I’ve seen. Keep up your great work John… the World needs Barack Obama!

    We must become the change we want to see. – Mahatma Ghandi

    Posted by Gordon Rutledge - Canada | March 28, 2008, 11:47 pm
  27. Beautiful!!My tears are flowing. He is an inspiration and a gift to us all. Thank You for a good morning dose of HOPE!!! Obama ‘08

    Posted by salam elkurdi | March 31, 2008, 1:48 am
  28. Brilliant John … Absolutely Brilliant!
    Thank You Very Much!

    Posted by Shirley Teer | April 3, 2008, 9:37 pm
  29. I love this part “the only color i see in him is the color of the future” – that is fabulously briliant.

    Posted by kc | April 3, 2008, 10:46 pm
  30. What an awesome piece of work. Thank you very much. Some people in America do not see that US economy is heading into recession. But some are saying “it is going into the toilet.” In this election, those who do not want ChangE and a better world to live in can line-up for whatever they want.

    Posted by Mr. Disenfranchised | April 4, 2008, 12:31 am
  31. Thank you for this brilliant piece.
    I am an Australian living in the States and so cannot vote either, but have been doing what I can to get the word out and help people to see that a vote for Obama is an investment in the future and not only good for America but also for the rest of the world. I think we have reached a critical point where if people are aware enough and brave enough to make the right decisions we can fill the world with brilliant leaders like Obama.
    This I pray to God and the Universe.

    Posted by Julianne Clarke | April 4, 2008, 2:21 am
  32. Very moving. This I saved for those days I lose a bit of hope. Thank you.

    Posted by Amy Hershey | April 4, 2008, 9:41 am
  33. Your video made me cry. I am so filled with hope for the future and for a better America.

    Thank you so much!

    Posted by Karen | April 4, 2008, 11:41 am
  34. John, this is truly beautiful. It filled me with confidence that the American people will make the right choice this time. Thank you so much.

    Posted by Victoria Chalmers | April 4, 2008, 11:58 am
  35. Thank you your video, it was so powerful and to the point . Please when the first half of this race is complete add to this video to tell the complete story until then . Pray for America we need the entire world prays.

    Posted by Kelsie Ellington | April 4, 2008, 12:11 pm
  36. Thank you John for your amazing article. Thank you Akin for that very moving video. I have been moved to tears and can barely write. You have put into words, pictures, and music what I have been feeling since I first heard Barack speak. I am continually amazed at and reminded of the impact he is having on the world.

    You can tell the true character of a person by their eyes, face, and smile. Barack emits love, strength, grace, and genuine kindness – qualities that are sorely missing in much of American culture and certainly in our political arena.

    Finally, we are on the right track. I pray that all of America makes the right choice. Please pray for us. The world will be truly blessed to have Barack as our next president.

    Namaste,
    Kasha

    Posted by Kasha | April 4, 2008, 1:02 pm
  37. i pray obama is the best president we
    ever have, he is the best choice
    obama 08

    Posted by gaton dasilva | April 4, 2008, 3:36 pm
  38. Thank you John,

    I am seeing this write-up for the very first time today. I have never seen anything so precise and accurate about Obama as your piece. You did not only open our eyes more to Obama, you used this opportunity to introduce to us, the genius in you – it takes a genius to see so deep into Obama and tell it this vivid in such a short script. You spoke our collective minds, you just told our story much better than we could have.

    Australia gave us a Murdoch who is causing heart-ache to all Americans right now. Australia has now given us John who is suiting every broken heart right now – it is not coincidence. It is ordained since the beginning that for every evil, there is created an equal measure of good, established to cancel the evil – just that sometimes, the good is slow to manifest.

    Americans will not let this Obama opportunity pass us by, it is a mystical redemption. We take it or leave it. America is at its lowest, ever. The greatest nation on earth has kissed dirt. Like all great empires in history, just before their fall, America is hanging precariously on the precipe – holding onto dear life, hoping that someone rescues it. God has heard its cries, stretched His hands and gave us Obama. God really really loves America, and the world.

    What could have been our options if this race was only between John McCain and Hillary Clinton, without Barack Obama in the picture? I shudder at the thought. We are witnessing subtle manifestation of infinite goodness of Creation. He is, however, God of volition. We chose Obama for our good, and the good of the world, or we miss the opportunity and live to regret – it is our choice.

    My thought is that for the sake of millions of kind, loving, good, ordinary Americans, who are innocent and, perhaps, oblivious of the accumulated orgies of iniquities that brought America this low, God decided to oblige us a second chance.

    The ensuing struggle will be hard, difficult, sleazy and vicious, but in the end, all the darkness in the whole world, will never eclipse the smallest spec of light – the darkness is huge, but the light will ultimately out shine. With Americans working this hard, like never before, it will be a glorious ending. The alternative is unimaginable – America deserves better. We shall all be battered and bloodied in this struggle, along with Obama, but we shall celebrate the victory. In God we trust!

    Once again, thank you John. We shall remember you when all this is over – this time tests our souls.

    Posted by Uzor | April 4, 2008, 5:53 pm
  39. Dear John, that was a wonderful write up and video. It brought tears to my eyes. Senator Obama brings so much hope and unity for America, something we greatly need. I cannot wait to celebrate his win as the 44th President of the United States of America….
    OBAMA ‘08
    “Yes we can”

    Posted by Connie | April 4, 2008, 9:00 pm
  40. John, my computer has been down for 3 days, and I had withdrawals because I couldn’t get on the internet. What an incredible start to my day, as I was able to get on the Obama website. This is absolutely beyond beautiful! I am a white woman, a former VISTA Volunteer, Retired Teacher, Baby Boomer, mom and wife who has allowed herself to have HOPE for our country for the first time since I voted for John F. Kennedy as our President. Thank you so much for this. It should be played on all news channels so all people of this Earth can see and feel who the real Barack Obama is!
    God bless you! Jane

    Posted by Jane Story | April 4, 2008, 11:05 pm
  41. Beautiful. Education seperates us.Our children are different then us, we must appreciate them and celebrate. If we all continue to work hard and continue the the effort after the election of Barack the world will difinately be a better place. I’m so inspired.

    Posted by dott | April 4, 2008, 11:16 pm
  42. Great article. I clicked on the video it said it is not longer available :-(

    Posted by Mia | April 4, 2008, 11:30 pm
  43. I tried the video again and I saw it, oh my Goodness it was awesome. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!

    This needs to be at the DNC when he wins the nomination.

    Posted by Mia | April 4, 2008, 11:36 pm
  44. My son and I waited in the Springfield, Illinois bitter cold in February ‘07 to witness history in action. I came away from Barack’s stirring announcement of his intention to run for President as a changed and determined woman.

    My long standing anger-induced political apathy was transformed after witnessing HOPE in the flesh. I vowed to do everything possible to see my Senator become our next President. I had that very epiphany, light shining down on me moment that you’ve heard Barack describe. Each of you too, are invited to join the “Obama Family” at http://www.barackobama.com where you can set up a profile and converse with new friends across the globe.

    We have more in common than what separates us. Together we can “bend the arc of justice” in this “fierce urgency of now.” Barack Obama is the bridge that’s bringing us together again. By the way, I’ve had the privelege of meeting Michelle Obama and hearing her speak. She is all that one could hope for in a First Lady.

    Thank you John. Your encouragement and good will towards America are felt thousands of miles away.

    Posted by Carol - Petersburg, Illinois | April 4, 2008, 11:36 pm
  45. Thanks for the beautiful video and your kind and insightful words. I am hoping that America can once again be a country that I am proud of.

    Posted by Nancy Hnat | April 5, 2008, 6:28 am
  46. Dear John

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.
    Thanks you to allowing people to dream.
    YES WE CAN, SI SE PUEDE

    Posted by Esther | April 5, 2008, 10:07 am
  47. Thank you John that was beautiful. Thank you for loving America too! We are all in this together. Please share around the world your beautiful work.
    Obama08

    Posted by sheri bennett | April 5, 2008, 12:47 pm
  48. I am thankful, deeply thankful, to sense a spiritual tone to your lovely video, and sense the same tone to the lovely comments I’ve read…

    I believe/know this is a time of unprecedented change, when humanity has an opportunity to take a giant leap forward in the way we understand ourselves as a species, and to genuinely express a sacredness toward all.

    I read such in these posts, and felt such in the video.

    Thank you, world!

    Posted by Barbyrah | April 5, 2008, 12:50 pm
  49. John, thank you for helping America see what we are so determined NOT to see in our leaders: Intelligence, emotion, courage and determination for change. I will be engaged in Regional caucuses tomorrow, as a delegate for Barack, and plan on bringing your words with me to illustrate how vital a new direction is for our global standing and that Barack is the ONLY choice that will create that environment for stability throughout the world. Sometimes it is important to stop and listen to the world around you in order to see what is the most obvious. It’s our wake up call from our friends who see the potential in our nation much more than we do. It’s time for us, as Kesey would say, to “get on the Bus”! I know I certainly am for the first time in my 45 years. Thank you again for your kind words of wisdom and I look forward to visiting Australia so I can meet kind souls like yourself.

    Posted by John in Seattle | April 5, 2008, 3:38 pm
  50. Barack Obama is why the world is watching. As an American he is a breath of fresh air and that makes me proud to be an American again.

    Posted by Alma in Atlanta,Ga. | April 5, 2008, 4:27 pm
  51. This was such a wonderful piece. I wish the world could see it. I hope the world will see it, eventually. This is a tough road, with the candidates so close, but I hope soon Barack will prevail and the support from everywhere will come flooding in. It’s an important time in our world, in our country, too important for anyone else to lead our country other than Barack. Thank you John for your post, the video, I am here in Washington, DC with tears rolling down my face. This summed up what my heart feels entirely.

    Posted by Jennifer | April 5, 2008, 8:24 pm
  52. John,

    It’s great to see that the World community seems to be as excited about an Obama Presidency as his growing number of supporters her in the US do to. You will notice everywhere he goes, his lead goes up or he slams Hilary’s big lead down a very minimal amount. Since the Indiana Primary is coming up and that That background Music is from Hoosiers, the hit movie about the underdog, small High School Basketball team who wins the state championship (based on a true story), it gave me an idea. Indiana’s cherish basketball more than anything, Barack should recognize it and start using clips from that movie to introduce himself. The University of Indiana, which is the heart and soul of Indiana basketball has been in termoil and just got a new coach so it would play well as – 1) Barack recognizing what the state is about in their soul, comparing himself as that underdog who’s gonna win, and reminding them of the greatness of their basketball tradition.

    GO Obama

    Posted by Ed | April 5, 2008, 9:04 pm
  53. John, thank you for that wonderful video. I’m so hopeful that Obama will be the one who can return us and US to the ideals of freedom, decency, and hope which have been missing for too long.

    Posted by Rachel/Cincinnati,OH | April 6, 2008, 12:30 am
  54. I am so hopeful for our country once again at the optimism of all who stand behind Barack. You have written and created such a beautiful piece it made me just cry to dream of President Obama.

    Posted by Lisa Cuizon | April 6, 2008, 1:09 am
  55. Awsome piece. Thanks John! – “He is the one”. Barack supporters no matter what, keep the faith. Remember, the fierce urgency of Hope is now.

    Posted by Norita Lawson | April 6, 2008, 3:39 am
  56. I hope you sent this to the Obama campaign. They’d be crazy not to use it.

    Congratulations John! Incredible!

    Posted by Maria | April 6, 2008, 4:11 am
  57. John,Thanks for your wonderful words and the complimenting video. You see what we see. As a soldier in the United States Army, I look foward to President Obama setting a new course for the United States. He is the one, the only one to unite our great nation.
    YES WE CAN!!!

    Posted by St. Clarence Avery | April 6, 2008, 4:14 am
  58. Dear John, I haven’t seen the video yet, but your words certainly inspired me to reach and touch, another human being. With Barack Obama’s audacity for real change I feel to be truly part again of that vibrant web of humanity. This much needed vibrancy opens up doorways of other perceptions of one another and appreciation of each other’s uniqueness. There’s real hope now for peaceful and respectful co-existence even when we differ.

    Finally, the magical hour is upon us, that unstoppable momentum of the golden age of the Waterbearer pouring out the healing waters of Life unto all. The time is now for America & the world at large to choose whether we have the courage, the daring and genius to leave behind us that bloodiest of Piscean progress and move towards an enlightenend civilization, ecology that respects and embraces all sentient life forms.
    I, myself am beyond only dreaming about it, I sincerely feel: ‘YES, WE CAN.’ People like Senator Barack Obama are heavensend, and, they never come alone. For, you dear John are one in his train of living Angels.

    The Power of One is a silent force, that peculiar Force as in the saga of Starwars.
    May this Force be with us all to further enlighten, empower & enrich us with true lasting Peace and Prosperity. 08 Obama stands for the One in Many and the Many in One – Oceanic
    Organic
    Orgasmic
    Omnidirectional
    Omnipowerful
    Omnisentient
    Omniscient
    Omnipresent

    Existence has conveyed the One unto us and more of L I F E is the message, if we will to radically transform our consciousness of outdated, outmodes ways of thinking and being. Now is the time to do away with fear and open up our hearts & minds to let in a more dignfied, healthy & prosperous life irregardless of sex, race, gender, religion, age, orientation, and/or beliefs.

    Let’s keep this HOPE alive and well for our lovely Planet, our Home, and our newfound Obama Family on a local as well as global scale. Let future generations look back at us with awe and amazement, that we captured this sacred moment in time, answered to our Spirit’s call to turn around this sorry scheme of things entire.

    A warm embrace to you, John and all those others who woke up, or are still in the process of growing maturity,

    ONELOVE

    Posted by Chi Deva | April 6, 2008, 4:17 am
  59. Thanks John. Absolutely brillant. I wish more people in the USA could think on this level. There are many that do already but I wish many more do. Some are all so blinded by rubbish politics they don’t believe good politicians like Obama exist. That’s why they are so quick to regurgitating the crap media such as fox news feeds them. They fail to carry out their duties as citizens or perhaps they don’t know it is their duty to do due diligence in electing the right person to office. They seem to be comfortable with electig a not so intelligent man (we know who!) into office but have a problem with a brillant man such as Barack who will actually serve the people as he has for the past twenty something years.

    We need to move forward, we are lagging behind in the 21st century already. I hope and pray people will do the right thing this time.

    Posted by Nancy | April 6, 2008, 6:13 am
  60. Beautiful.

    Posted by Elena | April 6, 2008, 6:38 am
  61. dear John, thank you!! what a beautiful piece about Obama!!! i pray that those american citizens that are undecided about whom to vote for in the pending primary/cauces will read your piece and view the video; we are overdue for a president that has the ability to inspire and let us know that we are all united as a nation and as a world.
    BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL COMMENTARY AND VIDEO, THANKS AGAIN!!!

    Posted by Emma of maryland | April 6, 2008, 7:27 am
  62. Great blog.
    I am a Muslim Arab, and if Obama was a Jew and born in Israel, I would still be honored if he was my president. Americans, please do not miss this chance to win our hearts and minds. You lost it when you elected Bush. It is time to regain it back. It is harder to mend it when people like Bush are the helm of your country. We all have no excuse to put things right if this chance is missed.

    Posted by Ahmed | April 6, 2008, 1:31 pm
  63. this is a wonderful piece ,John. You make me see over and over again the same reasons why I absolutely support Barack and why I believe he is going to be the next POTUS.

    Posted by Kristi | April 6, 2008, 1:36 pm
  64. Thank you, John.

    Beautiful.

    I posted this on my blog: http://www.grassrootsnewmexico.wordpress.com

    – Sincerely, Patricia

    Posted by Patricia4Obama | April 6, 2008, 1:49 pm
  65. Dear John, you could send this to the Obama web site so they could post there…so everyone could read it.
    Great writing and video.
    Thanks

    Posted by lea cox | April 6, 2008, 2:06 pm
  66. What a wonderful piece! It touched my soul and gives me hope.
    John – Thank you so much!!!!!

    Posted by OBsupporter | April 7, 2008, 2:57 am
  67. Dear John,

    As many before me have stated, Thank you for your insightful, thoughtful and emotionally accurate response to Barack Obama’s candidacy.

    I am thrilled but not suprised to hear how the world at large is responding to Senator Obama. Like many you describe I feel hopeful that a President Obama will begin to repair our tainted reputation in the world at large. He is a man of wisdom, intellect, ethics and substance. He is a man the entire world can and will respect. He is destined for this position and for the role he will embrace in our Country and in the world.

    Thank you again for sharing your insights and
    understandings.

    Posted by Jaquelin Pearson | April 7, 2008, 5:19 am
  68. As a Nigerian who never had interest in news or politics of home and abroad but now doesn’t go to bed earlier than 1.a.m to the consternation of my husband, till I have exhausted all I can from the internet and CNN international of Obama’s progress, I was in the U.S during the super tuesday primaries and extended my trip till the break of philadelphia I didn’t want to miss anything, I quite understand its like seeing one’s favourite child in a race and you are shouting out to the world CAN’T YOU SEE HOW GOOD HE IS? HE IS BRILLIANT. He makes you feel like you own a part of him like you are involved in his race like you matter your opinion matters I don’t know why he has that pull but it is amazing and I intend to be in the U.S for his swearing in as I tell my 1yr old daughter when he is shown on T.V that’s our president!

    Posted by Edowaye Nwagbara | April 7, 2008, 9:22 am
  69. John,

    Thank you for that wonderful piece. Obama is absolutely brilliant. Those who cannot see it are just being blind. I hope reading your article will open their eyes and their minds.

    Posted by Vash | April 7, 2008, 9:48 am
  70. Merci, John…for your beautiful words and thoughts!

    I too have read “The Power of One”, but we should not forget that all of us are the winds behind his wings…only united will we be able to fly!

    Yes, we can!
    Oui, nous pouvons!

    Posted by Marie-France | April 7, 2008, 10:20 am
  71. Wow! I cannot express with words how that video makes me feel.

    It is very, very touching.

    Posted by Don Whipple | April 7, 2008, 3:26 pm
  72. It is many of us, you are one of us, world citizens, I can not vote in USA, I am in the UK. I do like you John, try to motivate people in this very good course. I spend half an hour every day online for this campaign. I would find anybody to encourage or anything to answer. The world would be better with people like you. Stay blessed.

    Posted by Raha Ernest | April 7, 2008, 11:57 pm
  73. Thank you so much for your article and this video. They were both very moving. I believe with all of my heart that Obama will be our next President. For those who already support him, they can already feel and sense his sincerity and honesty. Yet for those who have yet to support him, I believe that over time Obama’s infectious spirit will win them over as well. The US and yes the world needs Obama’s leadership.
    I look forward to the day when I will say with pride “President Obama.”

    Posted by Jacqueline-New Orleans, Louisiana | April 8, 2008, 12:05 am
  74. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I am so moved by your letter placed on the Obama site. It’s absolutely beautiful! You have put into perspective what so many of us feel in our hearts but cannot articulate verbally. Yes, Dare to Dream!

    God Bless You Mr. Hay!

    Posted by Valerie Odom | April 8, 2008, 8:50 am
  75. Thank you, John, for everything!

    This is what I wrote on the YouTube site:

    At 63, I’ve watched our country’s loss of HOPE, as John F. Kennedy, Jr.; Martin Luther King, Jr.; Robert F. Kennedy; and John Lennon were all assassinated. Through Barack Obama, I see that HOPE can live again in the United States, and that it can be the life-giving force it has always been known to be. We can find our powerful voice, again, with positive action throughout the world. Thank you for this profound and beautiful video. It impacts the heart and touches the soul.

    Posted by Elizabeth Bacon-Smith | April 8, 2008, 12:01 pm
  76. This is what I added, when I posted your letter and the link to the video on the Leonard Cohen Forum:

    This video makes me even happier than I already was to have been born in February.

    Posted by Elizabeth Bacon-Smith | April 8, 2008, 12:07 pm
  77. What a beautiful article and wonderful video – always knew the Aussies were a smart bunch.
    You are right – he has moved us in a way that no other candidate has moved anyone in the past. Getting us off our backsides and making things happen.

    Thank you for brightening our day.

    Posted by Kelley Caudle | April 8, 2008, 11:14 pm
  78. A beautiful and moving work of art. Barack Obama is an international citizen. The dream becomes reality when statements like this go beyond borders and time zones and transcend continents. Thank you for sharing this view with the world.

    Posted by Michael P from PA | April 9, 2008, 10:00 am
  79. Dear John, I am a white Norwegian male at the age 71. I just wish to thank you very much for your article, the video and the base you set for all 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 all.

    “It feels like an election for a world President!”

    Posted by Trond Hjerlow - Norway | April 9, 2008, 9:04 pm
  80. My dial-up does not permit me to view your video but, after reading other comments, I feel inclined to include my 2 cents worth: Studies done at both Duke and Stanford conclude 7% of what we hear is because of choice of words, 38% because of intonation, and 55% of what we hear is because of what we see. When I first became of this information, I rejoiced because I had been teaching salespeople for years that you can never go by what a woman says. You have to go by what she means. The same is true for men. The first time I heard Obama was when I concluded he is the best thing to happen to this little planet in the past 150 years because I HEARD what he had to say. Words are very inadequate for conversation. When I saw the video of Obama’s pastor, what I HEARD was the crying of a man in pain….no longer able to contain the agony he felt caused by the apparent abandonment of christian principles by our leaders whose arrogance is moving our country down a path toward destruction. He was ANGRY.
    Together I pray we can get Barak into the office of President and prove that his faith in the people of this country is justified.

    Posted by Hal | April 10, 2008, 3:34 am
  81. I am from Kisumu originally thats Barack’s Dad came from there[Kenya]
    I am Barack’s great fan. When I need inspiration my wife and I we watch Barack and Michelle’s videos on youtube and then WE CAN DO most of the work I am 63/ All my girls like there speeches. Thank you again and I hope They win.
    Ofcourse its getting close in Philadephia and Hillary and gang going to come up with DIRTY TRICKS
    with help of Candy in cnn and Wolf
    and couple of othersin cnn.

    Posted by Provin | April 10, 2008, 12:43 pm
  82. Wonderful!

    Posted by Rev. Bryan G. | April 10, 2008, 1:12 pm
  83. I think there is something going on in America. We don’t know what it is, but boy, this Obama is getting me freaking. How can one son of a living being be so overwelmingly loved by the world? How can he touch so many people? I thought it was just me. This is a miracle.

    Posted by Ange | April 12, 2008, 1:35 am
  84. Absolutely beautiful! Thank you Mr. John Hay. I am passing this site to everyone I know. God Bless You!

    I believe a better world is coming with Obama as President. Si se puede! Yes we can!

    Posted by M. Lopez | April 12, 2008, 3:18 pm
  85. Thank you! I woke up at 3am feeling a little blue about the SF comments and how it was being spun; I went to the MyObama blog and “stumbled” upon this (nothing is an accident!) beautiful video. Talk about inspiring! It was just what I needed, again I thank you for sharing!

    Posted by Lauretta Woods | April 12, 2008, 7:59 pm
  86. Believe me, the world is watching. I am from the amazingly beautiful island of Dominica in the West Indies; (Not the Dominican Republic.) We are called the ‘Nature island of the Caribbean’ http://www.dominica.dm. This is the first election in the US being watched so closely by the entire region. Obama has brought so much unity,passion and reason to this campaign, it is unbelievable! He moves people in ways that are beyond words. Obama is the one!

    Posted by Angelico | April 13, 2008, 2:11 pm
  87. This is a truly beautiful piece and a great contribution to youtube and media production; and the power of one – something I wholeheartedly believe in!

    John – you are one; I am one; Barack is one; the country…
    WILL BE ONE AGAIN

    God bless!!!!

    Posted by Grassroots Outreach, Long Island, New York, USA | April 14, 2008, 9:18 am
  88. I am moved by the video. I rarely read books this day because I don’t have the time to spare, however, I watch tv like no man’s business. After seeing the “yes we can” viral video by Will-I-Am, I promptly went to the Obama website to see what people were saying on the blog. Whilst there, I saw a link posted by somebody to http://www.malltropolitan.com a supposedly online Discount Mall, with a direct link to the “Audacity Of Hope” the popular book written by Obama. I was so inspired that I finally purchased the book. I can aptly describe the book as simply unputdownable. I wasn’t surprised that Senator Casey’s children are also reading the book. My experience since reading the book has been quite recharging. I feel recharged and ready to take up new challenges now armed with this new found hope with great audacity. I have since been encouraging everyone I see in despair to get the book. I am so happy that alot of people are beginning to see and experience the vigor that I now experience supporting Barack. Yes, he will miss speak from time to time, and yes, he will disappoint us at times, but he still remains, by far, the most qualified candidate to pull us out of this quagmire. Let us take solace in this, that if a person is drawning (as this country is), it wouldn’t matter if it’s a black, white, man or woman that pulls him out, so long he/she is saved. Contestually, the situation we all face knows no race, color or gender. Let us all unite to fight our common enemies.

    Posted by James | April 14, 2008, 2:46 pm
  89. Wow…I’m a U.S. citizen living in Texas and I am absolutely speechless to see this wonderful display of support for President Obama…Thank you Aussies, for, as we say in the USA “Keepin’ It Real”! :-)

    Posted by Whitney | April 14, 2008, 4:01 pm
  90. G’day mate! Thank you for your heartfelt support for Senator Obama!! I knew it was far-reaching, but this proves it!

    Posted by Camille | April 14, 2008, 9:43 pm
  91. We want a President who we respect and who respects each one of us.
    We want a President who will be an honorable role model for our children.
    We want a President who honors the values of ethics, integrity, honesty, and equality.
    We want a President who cares about and knows the Constitution.
    We want a President who wants Peace for our World.
    We want a President who respects and cares for our Environment, our
    Earth and Its Life.
    We want a President who can feel our pain and can empathize with the people of the World.
    We want a President who believes
    in human rights and upholds those rights.
    We want a President who leads our country to Unity together.
    We want a President who listens to and believes in the People.
    We want a President who has the audacity to Hope and Change the world.
    We want you, Senator Barack Obama to be Our President of Our United States of America.

    Posted by J Gochanour | April 15, 2008, 2:20 pm
  92. Thank you, John Hay for sharing your thoughts. I was emailed by one of my Obama friends, Sandra from GA. You have done a great job in creating this web page. I did see a comment from you on Obama’s web site a couple months ago and I was inspired by your enthusiasm that I wrote a blog post on Barack’s campaign site. I have received some comments from others like you that can’t vote in our election from other parts of the World. They expressed similar optimism, but you express what you see and what we see, probably the best. You have a great talent with words much like Barack. It looks we weathered another firestorm from Hillary with minor damage. Barack must have asbestos skin I think. In the mist of this storm, Obama did take time for some humor, Hillary was boasting about her hunting ability to perspective voters in PA. Obama compared her to Annie Oakley with six shooters and all that and he was wondering if she got up early Sunday morning to go Duck Hunting. Hillary and guns, now that is a scarey thought!! She does enough damage with words.

    Posted by Gary Lee | April 15, 2008, 3:09 pm
  93. What a moving article and video! Thank you so much for posting this so that Obama’s supporters around the world, can be lifted today. We are steadfast in our love, support and respect for our candidate, the next President of the United States of America, Barack Obama.

    Posted by Carolyn W. Jacobs | April 15, 2008, 9:20 pm
  94. I love this presentation! It is uplifting and inspirational. If we here in the US allow this opportunity for change to escape, we are truly a nations that needs to wake up. Senator Obama is the one! Lets pray that he prevails and breaks the glass ceiling

    Posted by Glennis W. Chappelle | April 16, 2008, 12:08 am
  95. If this writing by John plus the video plus the video “One Voice” (with Barack’s incredibly passionate voice, were to be given, sent,read, mailed, emailed, blogged, handed out to PA voters and everywhere else there is a primary, it would really bring voters for Obama to the booths. Fascinating and stunning! I wonder if Obama REALLY knows how people in this country and the world feel about him! I hope so.

    Posted by Loni Craft | April 16, 2008, 4:12 am
  96. If this writing by John plus the video plus the video “One Voice” (with Barack’s incredibly passionate voice, were to be given, sent,read, mailed, emailed, blogged, handed out to PA voters and everywhere else there is a primary, it would really bring voters for Obama to the booths. Fascinating and stunning! I wonder if Obama REALLY knows how people in this country and the world feel about him! I hope so. ONE VOICE YES WE CAN HE FIERCE URGENCY F NOW!

    Posted by Loni Craft | April 16, 2008, 4:16 am
  97. Thank you for the lovely and needed viewpoints. I think the video captures the very essence and spirit of Barack. Last evening’s debate was a nightmare–as Barack’s light becomes stronger and joined by the light of each of us that resonates with it grows, the negative seems to get stronger, more fearful, relentless. I am afraid of the powers that run the media, drives our political machine. If Barack doesn’t win this election I do not think I can live in America, my husband and I are in agreement on this. American as it exists now is more like living in a Twilight Zone–very unreal and detached. I suppose what I would humbly ask the rest of the world watching this critical election play out is would you please pray for us? We desparately need your help and highest thoughts and prayers. The U.S. can no longer play dice with the world and humanity–we must join this world as neighbors not a force. We are mightily struggling morally, well, in every conceivable way. My blessings and love to us all.

    Posted by hyatt hussein | April 18, 2008, 6:35 am
  98. Thanks John for your efforts. We still have an uphill battle so please continue reaching out to all who will listen. We can repair this world. We can put human rights above all else. We can take the human race in a new direction. We the people…

    Posted by Dan | April 18, 2008, 12:23 pm
  99. I can’t tell you how much it means to hear your prospective. Sometimes I get wary and think this is all a dream that will come to an end in the next few weeks. But then I read words such as the one you have posted. Your words were touching and so was the video. Thank You So Much.

    Posted by Al | April 20, 2008, 1:58 am
  100. I am extremely grateful to you John for such a lucid descripton of Barack Obama. Hopefully, it’ll stir up the American Spirit in making the only right choice, and that’s to vote for Obama. Having him as next POTUS a new era is ushered in that peace can prevail without bloodshed. Irregardless, of our origins we are one human family who in Obama have found our commom ground for real change. Our time is now to stay focussed, connected and firmly rooted with unshakeable trust in: YES, WE CAN!!

    Much Love and many blessings to my new found Obama Family in the USA and; worldwide.

    From, Missy Rona, a 74 year aged lady in Amsterdam, The Netherlands who sees a long held dream come alive again.

    Posted by Missy Rona | April 21, 2008, 2:54 am
  101. My emotions reading this blog were so powerful, my eyes overflowed with tears. I see by reading the comments that I was not the only one. Thanks for sharing your hope for the world with us, it is gratifying to know that the hope is a movement around the world and that people realize we need a leader not only interested in this countries interests, but knows that the interests of people around the world are in our own best interest as well. The short-sighted do not get this, and maybe never will, but we can always hope.
    Kathy Mae

    Posted by kathy mae | April 21, 2008, 11:54 am
  102. Dear Ms Rona, greetings and welcome to our Obama family here in the US and thank you for sharing your feelings that show we are all very united in our origins and when one of us does well or does something loving and peace filled, we ALL benefit and grow–worldwide. You gave me a great smile when I read your post a minute ago. My heart leaps for joy because for the longest time I’ve been embarressed to be seen as an American and now that Obama has seemingly sprung from ‘nowhere’(–a good thing)–I feel such hope and so want to be part–a true and real part, of our world. To read these posts and see how much we share and that you haven’t given up on us or become so cynical, is an enormous relief. Thank you for reminding me to stay centered and rooted–we are in the midst of a bit of an emotional roll coaster ride–exhilarating and scary all at once, with this PA primary Tues. I am beginning to trust that YES WE CAN. Thanks to all who hold the faith. Again my love to our hopeful encouraging friends. Hyatt

    Posted by hyatt hussein | April 21, 2008, 2:31 pm
  103. It is fascinating to read your words, so clearly explaining Obama. You and many others around the globe can see what he is from far away, while many here are still trying to grasp it. Too skeptical to believe.

    Thank you. Yes, I think we can.

    Posted by Ginny in CO | April 24, 2008, 4:12 pm
  104. Dear John,

    Thankyou for all the work you put in in supporting Obama and what he stands for.

    A suggestion..there are many in Australia who support Obama so why not have rally one day soon in all cities showing our support and hopefully it will show those anti Obama people in usa that we care for who they elect as president ayar

    Posted by pana | April 30, 2008, 9:20 pm
  105. Thank you for Barack Obama and for this video. Thank you.

    Posted by Cheryl Bramsen | May 1, 2008, 6:24 pm
  106. AUSTRALIA loves OBAMA!!!!!!
    please set the example AMERICA
    GOOOOOOBAMA

    Posted by ash from MELBOURNE, aus | May 7, 2008, 10:34 pm
  107. John,
    This is breath taking, inspirational, something that goes
    to the heart. You did an exceptional job on the message, and
    the video was just beautiful. Thanks for providing Obama supporters with such hope, dreams
    and knowing that yes we can……That we do dare to believe
    that Obama is “The One”, that he can bring people of all ages, races,
    poor, wealthy, gender, and all people in order to bring this country together for the good of all Americans. Thanks for sharing this wonderful piece with all of us
    and for giving us hope.

    Posted by Dorothy | May 8, 2008, 3:21 pm
  108. I have yet to feel the level of inspiration from a candidate for political office as I do from Barack. I have many different circles that I travel in and I am always talking about my support for Obama. What I find interesting is that there are so many who are afraid to hope – so many who are easily influenced by the false media and information out there about Barack, that have convinced themselves that he must be false because what he offers is too good to be true.

    We are all testament to the fact that it is NOT too good to be true. That if we unite under this same grand cause, we will see our country, our world in a better place. For so many years I opted not to take part in the political process, fearing that it has become too corrupt, too spoiled to serve its purpose. But those fears are gone with this candidate. He has given me back my belief in this country and what it’s capable of, belief in myself and what dreams I set forth for myself, and belief in the power of one to change the world.

    Posted by Jen Haskill | May 10, 2008, 3:36 am
  109. I am very moved by your article. A rather racist aquaintance asked me the other night “How can you vote for a Negro?”. I was shocked by the question and responded, “I would vote for Barack if he were green”. I agree he is the color of the future and of our hope. He is the color of light shining in this world. He is the color of peace. Finally, he is the color of grace in motion. Thank you for such a beautiful article.

    Posted by Diane | May 18, 2008, 1:10 pm
  110. Wow. I’m really touched that you are feeling all the deep hopes that we have here in this country. The music is just incredible together with the images. I admit, I started crying immediately. This is what it’s about, this is the new America we are reaching for.

    62 year old Irish-American Grandma volunteering for Obama in Boston

    Posted by Carlotta M. Hayes | May 28, 2008, 3:27 am
  111. The music….

    For those of you who have commented about the music, it is from the movie “Rudy”. The music is so very appropriate for this campaign since the story of “Rudy” is also one of an improbable journey much like Barack’s story.

    The story of Rudy is a true one (our son attended Notre Dame and has met the real Rudy). The story is about a young man from Chicago who had a dream to be the first in his family to attend college. He wanted to attend Notre Dame and play football. He is diminutive in size and wasn’t the most promising student.

    What follows is a story that will also bring tears and joy. It is a movie worth renting—”Rudy”.

    Posted by Bonnie | May 28, 2008, 9:21 pm
  112. BEAUTIFUL DREAMS

    Posted by georgeann belanger | May 28, 2008, 10:13 pm
  113. it begins with a dream…………..thank you so much for the wonderful letter and video which brought me to tears….joyful tears!

    Posted by viola harris | May 28, 2008, 11:12 pm
  114. Absolutely beautiful….this election we are all making our mark on history, a future of a better America is within our grasp, we have to seize it

    This is our moment. This is our time.

    Posted by Casey | May 29, 2008, 12:53 am
  115. Thank you John!

    Every little bit helps – I hope your essay will reach the Clinton supporters who need to move on to the next phase, and need their candidate to help them do that.

    Also appreciate the book recommendation!

    Go Obama 08 & 12! Yes we can!

    Posted by Susan in Wyoming, USA | May 29, 2008, 2:02 am
  116. John, I am overcome….someone has finally put down in words and music the exact way I feel about Senator Obama. The citizens of the US are on the verge of taking back their country from the special interests, and the same old politics as usual. My heart is full.

    Posted by Barb Miller of Canada | May 29, 2008, 11:05 pm
  117. John,
    I appreciate the wonderful video of Barack Obama and the knowledge that ‘citizens of the world’ are becoming aware and involved in the upcoming U.S. presidential election. However, the world should also know that hundreds of thousands of U.S. citizens like myself have been involved in trying to impeach Bush and his cohorts in crime since at least March of 2003. Millions have demonstrated in D.C. and their respective cities and towns. Americans not only want the office of the presidency back, we want our jobs back from overseas, we want multi-national corporations out of our lives, corporate media banished, lobbyists out of Washington, D.C., and more importantly, Americans want HEALTHCARE NOT WARFARE! My ‘interracial and proud’ family believes that with wise women and men in his administration President Obama can restore our civil liberties and hopefully, engage in diplomatic rather than military solutions when dealing with conflict.

    Posted by Abby Burke | May 30, 2008, 1:49 am
  118. An inspiring blog that indicates how much the entire world is craving for a great leader to stand up for the people, and truly be for the people, not just those that have wealth.

    I hail from the Islands of Bermuda, which is less than 700 nautical miles from America. We obtain most of our news and broadcasting from the U.S. Senator Obama is the type of candidate for public office that I personnally wish we had in every country htat practises Democracy, but unfortunately we tend to have more Republican striped politicians who only care about those who have money and want to ensure that few others can achieve to get more.

    I hope that Sen Obama wins in November and that the American voters scrutinize the voting machines so that the “Karl Rove Math” utilizing the electronic voting machines does not steal this election from perhaps the greatest president America may elect in this century.

    Make your vote count America, the World is watching.

    Posted by Stanley Trott | May 30, 2008, 11:33 am
  119. I never tire of watching the “Power Of One” video, in all it’s glory, as it inspires as well as enlightens.

    It also warms the heart and gives us each encouragement toward the better world that is soon to come for all of us.

    Diversity and acceptance, an open heart, versus discrimination. That’s a world I want to be part of.

    Posted by Ritz | May 31, 2008, 1:59 am
  120. I agree John with your view of Barack. To me, Barack’s message of change is a political renaissance in the making.

    Posted by Mike | June 3, 2008, 1:01 pm
  121. Outstanding.

    Posted by ewen | June 5, 2008, 7:11 am
  122. John,

    I live in the United States yet I cannot vote because I am a permanant Legal Resident. I support him the best I can with spreading his message and I get involved via the internet as best I can. If I could vote, it would be one more for Barack

    What you wrote is what a lot of people see in Obama. Not only will he do good for America, he will do good Globally!

    It won’t happen overnight, but he is empowering individuals around the world, “hey now!”, and it will take everyone doing their best not for “them”, but humanity!

    It is so refreshing and uplifting to read such intelligent, kind and beautiful article about humanity “as a whole” when you are faced daily with negative pressures.

    Peace and Blessings,

    Obama ‘08

    Posted by me | June 5, 2008, 8:30 am
  123. One more thing, I also have family in Germany and they too like Obama.

    The world is watching and looking for a leading country, with character and for the people.

    Posted by me | June 5, 2008, 8:37 am
  124. WOW !!
    My eyes are full of tears, my heart is smiling, and I am so very grateful for this video, indeed it needs to played at the Democratic convention!!
    Thank you kind sir, you have brought something visual to what is in all our hearts!
    Thanks John
    Julie Laurin Almena Kansas

    Posted by Julie Laurin | June 5, 2008, 1:56 pm
  125. Thanks for this great page. The video and words are beautiful. We are believing that THIS TIME will be the time for CHANGE!
    Never lose your beautiful spirit!

    Posted by Micahel Guinn, Ventura, CA | July 15, 2008, 4:04 pm
  126. Thanks for your wonderful words to accompany the absolutely amazing video by Akin Salawu. I have been playing that video now and again ever since February – it is my absolute favorite Obama video. Truly an inspiration. It is nice to see it being brought out to the public in a variety of different contexts. Thanks again.

    Posted by Anita | July 15, 2008, 4:07 pm
  127. John,

    As a fellow Australian, I salute you!

    Thank you for helping the free world persue its dream of OBAMA for President.

    Helen

    Posted by Australian Helen | July 15, 2008, 6:35 pm
  128. Considering the most recent vile attempt at satirical humor by The New Yorker magazine, your moving Obama for America video re-emphasized and re-energized me in getting back on track to the basics as to why I support Barack Obama: It’s all about the AMERICAN DREAM that for the many disenfranchised, forgotten and cynics have only been a pursuit in futility of the dream. Barack epitomizes the AMERICAN DREAM of real hope for real positive change, and the optimistic conviction that an America that knows better will always want to improve in becoming better. “We the People” see ourselves when we look at him, because we are the ones that we’ve been yearning, waiting and longing for.

    OBAMA ‘08!!!!

    Posted by Mark Anthony Adams | July 15, 2008, 8:37 pm
  129. Thank you, John.

    Posted by emilia | July 15, 2008, 9:06 pm
  130. WOW!!!!!!! You totally said what I needed to hear!!! I have been feeling so down about the racism that it felt like a brick was sitting on me, and this is the boost I needed to pick my sword back up and keep moving onward to victory….. Thank you!!!! Beautiful!!!!

    Posted by Janet Dowell | July 15, 2008, 11:04 pm
  131. Hey John,
    Thank you for that….just had my morning tears…..
    My teacher says that the heart is like a shallow tray, and when we cry our tears of compassion raise the edges of our heart in order to receive and contain more love.
    Maria Isabel

    Posted by Maria Isabel | July 15, 2008, 11:18 pm
  132. Oh yes, hell yes we can! Congrats and thanks to you John and all those who’ve written above me. We are witnessing and participating in HISTORY, just in time, as the hour is a’gettin’ late. We all need to stand for Barack, and stand tall, for the next 112 days until we win the ‘08 election.

    Posted by Dan Rynberg | July 15, 2008, 11:24 pm
  133. I’m speechless and overwhelmed with emotion and tears. What a beautiful and awesome piece. Thank you! Thank You! for giving such a powerful voice to this campaign.

    Posted by Gina Alvarez | July 16, 2008, 12:48 am
  134. I,too,have hope…and know that he is the one and only candidate to reunite us with ourselves and the world…thank you so very much for sharing this…and when I cast my vote for him…I’ll think of you and the millions of others around the world who would cast their votes for him as well if they could…thank you

    Posted by susan | July 16, 2008, 1:45 am
  135. Let me first, “THANK YOU”, John for your Beautiful Words about Sen. Barack Obama. Every word you wrote is exactly how I feel. I have written, many e-mails expressing my COMPLETE faith, that GOD sent Barack to bring US TOGETHER!! I live in NW -Houston in the city of Jersey Village, this area is very Republician, but I am 150% behind Sen. Obama since day one. I am a volunteer and a First time Precinct Captain. I have nearly met theSenator in Austin, Texas the night of the debate. I drove myself, ALL by myself to Austin, it was the greatest road trip I ever made. I was so happy to see him up close, it was so amazing. Thanks for your great insite. He WILL be the Next President, I think GOD sent him to save OUR world. Big Hugs, Patti

    Posted by PattiSemierGonzales | July 16, 2008, 8:22 am
  136. Thank you for an out of US perspective.
    Think of a world where there is a choice between Obama, a man with all the joys & accomplishments of embracing life & Obama a man who reaps the whirlwind of embracing death. Whom will the young people of the world follow?

    Posted by Miriam | July 16, 2008, 9:19 am
  137. Thank You John, you’re absolutely right.Your contribution is powerful and I am sure Barack is relying on people like you all over the planet to empower his movement. In my own rural neighborhood I have witnessed first hand prejudice that is astonishing. My appliance repair person, thinks he is the Antichrist, and some extended family, think of him as depicted in the satire cover of the New Yorker.I believe as you do, but much work is still needed in rural areas like where I live.

    Posted by Tim Chaffin | July 16, 2008, 9:40 am
  138. Thank you John!
    If America doesn’t elect Barack Obama, my family is seriously considering moving maybe we’ll come visit you.

    Posted by Susan | July 16, 2008, 2:50 pm
  139. John, in appreciation of your touching video and International support for Obama – I would like to thank you by offering you one of my official “Yes We Can” limited edition art prints from my own personal pool of artist proofs. I know you wouldn’t be able to get one from the Campaign because they don’t support international sales…..Yours is on the way as soon as I have your mailing address. Thank You!

    Everybody else can still get one at: http://store.barackobama.com/Artists_for_Obama_s/1018.htm
    Yes We Can ! Antar Dayal, Artists for Obama.

    Posted by Antar Dayal | July 17, 2008, 6:43 pm
  140. Incredibly beautiful words and video. I am inspired to continue our quest for a better America. Obama speaks to the “better angels” in all of us. Thank you, thank you!
    From a 58 year old white woman in Florida.

    Posted by Laura | July 17, 2008, 11:33 pm
  141. Thank you for a thoughtful letter and for sharing the video. We here in the United States feel what you feel about Obama. I will share your message with others, especially those who need to hear it.

    Posted by Kristen - Pennsylvania, USA | July 18, 2008, 1:38 am
  142. I have always known that a beautiful piece of music can bring a tear to a dry eye. What I also know is that any past President, Presidential candidate, actor or a family member, can be placed in that same video and it will have the same result as with Senator Obama. He is not a God; he is an ordinary man and to portray him in such a way is insulting. To portray him as the second coming of Christ is against everything my heart, my soul and my faith tells me to be true. This man is not going to change the world and to think so is ludicrous and naive.

    I do not need Oprah telling me “He is the one.”

    I do not need John Hay from Australia telling me how he thinks my country should vote. It is presumptuous and unwanted.

    Kristen from Pennsylvania does not speak for all of us here in the United States. We do not all share your message nor that of Senator Obama or Senator McCain.

    Let this so called Messiah come to me and tell me his “I’m going to change the world” speech. As a Senator, he has done nothing for the world as of yet so why think he would begin if elected President?

    Posted by Susan - The United States of America | July 19, 2008, 11:00 am
  143. I’m not sure just how I found this site, but so glad I did…thank you from this 64 year old white granny that is so pleased to be able to vote FOR someone in 2008. Not since I cast a vote for Bobby Kennedy have I been this excited. President Obama will be good for this world and I am a proud citizen of the Planet Earth.

    Posted by Mary from TN | August 3, 2008, 11:45 pm
  144. It is nice to see that other people in the world have hope in the US again.

    Posted by Vanessa | August 4, 2008, 3:57 am
  145. I would like to know why is it such a bad thing that Obama is liked nationally and internationally? I support his take on the issues facing America, as well as other countries. He has both the smarts and the personality to make a change both at home and abroad. And it seems that it is being held against him. It’s a plus, to have a candidate that you not only support for their take on the issues but, to like the personable feeling you get from him, right? Shame on him for making us like him! Thank you John! From one world citizen to another.

    Posted by Sherece | August 4, 2008, 10:47 pm
  146. Your thoughts are getting shared across the USA. Thank you thank you thank you for taking the time to share them with us. You’ve made our day!
    Nancy & Bill Schreiner of Portland, Oregon

    Posted by Nancy & Bill Schreiner | August 5, 2008, 12:25 am
  147. I am sitting here feeling really sad about the swift boating of Barack by the GOP money machine and that barackuda Sarah Palin I pray that americans will see through their vicious lies. I am a white elder and have seen so many hopes dashed I pray that this time will be different.

    Posted by Barbara Walling | September 11, 2008, 6:09 am
  148. Hello John!

    WOW! I am awe-inspired by the profile you wrote and, of course, the video….wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!!! I am very inspired that someone on the other side of the world speaks, writes and understands the situation a lot better than many who live in America! There is hope for our world! I am a very proud 64 years of age woman of color, whose father was like Barack, a biracial child…and something I did not know until I was well into my 40’s and came across a picture of a Caucasian man in with some family photos my dad’s sister was showing me. She was surprised that I did not know that he was my grandfather….her and my dad’s father. She enlightened me that it is never generally mentioned by any of his children….because it just did not matter.

    I think that background helped me have a larger world view of people. One of my father’s statements that I have always remembered and often site is that no one is any better than anyone else…that we all put our pants on one leg at a time. I ascribe to the thinking and statement of Jesus that God is no respecter of persons….and am widely known by folks who know me, and those I meet on my path as I travel around the country speaking to audiences….as a very loving person….an intention of mine….God is love and I intend to be a channel for that love to flow through. Thank you for your eloquence, and your conveyance to the world of a larger view. I too, believe that Barack Obama is the one. I also believe that his candidacy is also showing Americans that it is time to grow past the stupidity of judging some based on the hue of their complexion. The darkness in the world does not like the light and will do everything in its power to fight against it. Thankfully, the light always outshines darkness.

    America has a divine opportunity to grow into higher consciousness and reclaim a more positive presence on the world stage. It is so wonderful to know that the world is pulling for the light….which I so visibly see in Barack Obama. I recently attended an Obama rally in Detroit….30,000 people. What I observed was the upbeat positive moods and sincere cordiality among the people….not something you normally see in Metro Detroit. I was very touched to see the vast diversity of the people from so many cultures, ethnicities and age brackets….it really brought me to tears of joy to have the opportunity to be a witness to it all. I have not attended a McCain rally and will not, however, from what I see on the television, there is minuscule diversity in his audiences. Thank you so much for sharing your information with all of us on this side of the world!
    Thanks much,
    Carole

    Posted by Carole Mullins | October 10, 2008, 9:52 pm
  149. I came across this post many months ago, I can’t believe Obama is still in with a chance. Only 15 days to go. Anything can happen during this time, it is a crucial time.

    I pray that history will be made.

    May the Dream come alive. Wish you well Obama.

    Posted by Zac | October 19, 2008, 9:24 pm
  150. If you can’t vote, then beam your energy over here on election day. Thanks for your support.

    Posted by Jane in Long Beach, NY | October 26, 2008, 2:40 am
  151. It’s cold and icy and there’s snow here, but it’s a warm and fuzzy day here in New York. I teach music, and today, in my elementary school music classes, my students will be watching the festivities, drawing pictures and writing letters to President Obama and singing patriotic songs. We made it.

    Posted by Jane | January 20, 2009, 10:30 pm
  152. This is a proud moment in history for all Americans,no matter what ethnic background. I first saw Barack in San Diego as a delegate from California, to listen to all the candidates, but Barack stole my heart. Without notes he inspired the crowds gathered.Soon after I volunteered making calls to other states supporting his vision to be our next President of the United States.Yes I am a Proud American to see this day make history.

    Posted by Margaret Navarrete | January 20, 2009, 11:58 pm
  153. I’ve been privleged over the past few months to read emails and articles from John Hay through [AmericansofIrishDescentforObama]
    I just watched the inauguration and was moved to tears yet again. Barack Obama is the ONE who can lead with all of his amazing attributes you have mentioned above, yet he is humble. I have such high hopes for America. There is still a lot of hard work to be done, but this is the start of a new begining in our time and for our future generations.
    Change has come, and YES WE DID!

    Posted by Colette Jurcevich | January 21, 2009, 5:12 am
  154. Thanks John for reaching out from the other side of the world to cheer us and inform us of the importance of our choice for President. Hooray for us all!

    With gratitude from a changed nation…

    Tricia

    Posted by Tricia | January 23, 2009, 1:03 pm
  155. I was not able to be at the swearing in as I wanted, due to not getting my visa in time, but it was just as inspiring watching it on TV, a black man being sworn in as the president of the U.S a.k.a the greatest office on earth, with the power to change nations destinies, if we can all take the belief that our destinies are in our own hands by the example he has shown and all strive for the good and betterment of others, what a world of good we would achieve.

    Posted by Edowaye Nwagbara | January 30, 2009, 10:23 pm
  156. Wow! Very powerful. I read your article and then a number of the comments. I love hearing the thoughts from those outside the United States on the subject. I, too, do not care about color, but more importantly, integrity. Thank you for your insight.

    Posted by D, Jean Quarles | February 2, 2012, 12:27 am
  157. John, well defined and well written in the most intellectual way. Keep up the good work my twitter friend…I shared your item at Fbook too..and around the blogosphere…BAM IS THE GUY!The REAL DEAL..ALLEZ!!!!!

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