Obama: A New President for a New America

Due to time and fatigue I will be brief in my analysis of the election. As you can see from my electoral map I was a little too optimistic on a few states (although my home-state of Missouri looks like it is going to a recount it is so close).  At the end of the day though Tuesday November 4, 2008 will go down as one of the greatest days in the history of America. It will be right up there with July 4, 1776 (the day America declared independence from England), June 19, 1865 (the day all slaves were freed in America), the election of Franklin Delano Roosevelt to the Presidency in November of 1932 which brought about the New Deal,   Victory Day for the Allies in Europe when Nazi Germany unconditionally surrendered on May 7, 1945, the signing Voting Rights Act in August 6, 1965 by President Lyndon Baines Johnson after the campaigning of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others in the Civil Rights Movement,  and now the election of Barack Hussein Obama to the Presidency of the United States of America.

Yesterday I worked long and hard bringing voters to the polls. At 6:00 AM I brought an election judge to the Wohl Center on North Kingshighway at Dr. Martin Luther King and there were already about 500 people in line to vote (all of them black). All day I witnessed long lines of people of all ages and colors and enthusiasm before I came home to watch the results on television with a couple of close friends and my wife. One voter will however stick in my mind forever. At around 1 PM as I was waiting for a voter to finish and give a ride back home I witnessed a young man drive his 97 year old African-American grandmother to the polling place at 725 North Euclid. She was too frail to get out of the car so the ballot had to be brought to her. I just thought to myself what has this woman seen in these 97 years and did she ever think she would see this day?

When victory was announced I took in the awesome scenes on MSNBC from Grant Park in Chicago, Spellman College and Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, 125th Street in Harlem, Times Square in Manhattan, and in front of the White House ( where my dear friend Omar Rosario was calling me on his cell phone).

I was numb and in shock; America had just changed. There is now, as Spike Lee stated, a B.B. (before Barack) and an A.B. (after Barack) in America in which time will be judged.

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7 thoughts on “Obama: A New President for a New America

  1. I’m still in a little daze. Can you believe it brother? A black man is the most powerful person in the world. It is so surreal. It’s as though nothing is impossible. It’s still hard to fathom. It’s hard to express it in words. He actually won..he actually won. It’s unbelievable.

  2. Where do you get this crap?
    July 4, 1776????
    Are you joking?
    A Chicago politician presidency, comapred to the freeing of the slaves?
    I wonder if you realize just how insulting you must sound to “African-Americans”?

  3. I do have serious concerns about the implications Obama’s victory will have for the Iraqi people. Obama has pledged to withdraw US troops from Iraq by 2010 – the question is who will fill the power void?

    Are the Americans willing to accept defeat (or have they already accepted shall i say) in Iraq by their election of Obama?

    Are the Americans accepting breaking their promise to the Iraqi people in reconstructing their nation?

    Are the Americans, by the election of Obama, leaving Iraqis at the mercy of militias?

    The Americans bombed Iraq to smithereens – and overthrew the only secularist leader who held Iraq together – they therefore have to stay there for as long as it takes to get Iraq on its feet and to make sure that every Iraqi has access to education, water, electricity and health care – just as they had under Saddam.

  4. “”””I do have serious concerns about the implications Obama’s victory will have for the Iraqi people. Obama has pledged to withdraw US troops from Iraq by 2010 – the question is who will fill the power void?””””

    That’s for Iraqis to decide how or who will govern them. The power is in their hands they can succeed or fail.

    “”””Are the Americans willing to accept defeat (or have they already accepted shall i say) in Iraq by their election of Obama?”””””

    The US invaded Iraq to look for WMD, there were none and to remove Saddam Hussein and he was deposed. So where’s the defeat. Both objectives were accomplished. There’s no defeat.

    “””Are the Americans accepting breaking their promise to the Iraqi people in reconstructing their nation?”””

    That is irrelevant because the Iraqis and other neraby countries as well as millions of people around the world want Americans out . Besides “reconstructing” is euprehemism for American companies to make gazillions of dollars from the US & Iraqi government. It’s nothing more than a scam to bilk money from mostly the US government.

    “”””Are the Americans, by the election of Obama, leaving Iraqis at the mercy of militias?””””

    Militias are made of people from the neighborhood and have always played apart in Iraqi culture. In some ways thre are good and some ways they are bad. Again this for Iraqis to decide. The miltias will end when the Iraqis see no need for them.

    “”””The Americans bombed Iraq to smithereens – and overthrew the only secularist leader who held Iraq together – they therefore have to stay there for as long as it takes to get Iraq on its feet and to make sure that every Iraqi has access to education, water, electricity and health care – just as they had under Saddam.”””

    Right in principle wrong in reality. Iraqis don’t like americans with weapons roaming their coutry and having say in it’s government. Would you like a foreign government dictating government policy in the US and having foreign soldiers romaing Us Cities? I think not.

    The one thing in your writing you seem not to understand or validate is self determination. People have a right to self detremine. Iraqis need to decide for themselves what will happen in future without instructions or permission from foreign goverments.

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