BARACK OBAMA : History Making...

"If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer."

Barack Obama this morning declared "change has come to America" as he emerged from one of the most extraordinary elections in US history to become his country's first black president.

There were tumultuous scenes at a victory party with more than 100,000 people crammed into and around Grant Park in Chicago, when TV networks simultaneously declared him the winner at 11pm Eastern Time, bringing an emphatic end to the Bush years.

Many, including civil rights leader and former presidential candidate Jesse Jackson, had tears in their eyes

The American people yesterday demonstrated once again their unique capacity for self-renewal by electing the first black man as head of state, not much more than a generation after the country’s African-Americans were accorded full civil rights.
In electing Barack Obama President by a solid margin, accompanied by a congress with the biggest Democratic majority since the 1970s, Americans have signalled a dramatic change in the direction of the world’s sole superpower.

The country regarded loftily by many Europeans as hopelessly racist and irredeemably right wing has voted to be ruled by a black man, at the head of a party committed to economic redistribution and a foreign policy rooted in peaceful diplomatic engagement.

As Martin Luther King said in 1963 : “I have a dream,” he said, “that one day, down in Alabama, with it vicious racists . . . one day, right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.”

Yesterday American voters — black and white — symbolically honoured the unpaid debt in a way that Martin Luther King could only have dreamt of.


November 5, 2008 at 6:23 AM David Mutua said...

I heard his speech this morning and it was electrifying. What captured me most is when he said that he will listen to even those who didnt vote for him.This made me reflect on African leaders who come into power and marginalise those they deem to not have participated in their victory. So a vicious cirlce develops and the once in power group become marginalsed and it is constant uprising after uprising...Well Done to Barack! God help Congo. God help Kenya, God help Africa


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