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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.


Email: john@tellingthoughts.com

“To the Dreamers” by: Akin Salawu – AkinScribe5

Copyright: John Hay (All rights reserved)


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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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…


    Posted by Tricia | January 23, 2009, 1:03 pm
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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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