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President Barack Hussein Obama

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I really, really tried last night.  But no matter how hard I tried to stay awake, the sandman would not be denied.  I fell asleep about nine Central Standard Time, about ninety minutes before Senator John McCain gave his concession speech.  I had fallen asleep on the couch and woke up to go to bed when I heard Mr. McCain’s voice.  I don’t remember exactly what he was saying, but I heard enough, he was conceding.  It registered on my sleepy brain that Mr. McCain, but I don’t think it registered that Mr. Obama won.

Ms. Peacemaker and I started tracking the polls about six thirty in the evening.  Mr. McCain was first on the board with eight votes to Senator Barack Obama’s three.  I think that was the last time Mr. McCain was in the lead.  At one point, the polls had Mr. Obama with about one hundred electoral votes to Mr. McCain’s thirty eight.  Mr. Obama pretty much was enjoying a two to one lead.

Now, I don’t know what officially makes a political landslide, but the 2008 election should be considered a prime example on the national scale.  But all night long the people monitoring the election claimed that the race was close and that Mr. Obama failed to flip some crucially needed traditionally Republican voting states.  When there were two hundred electoral votes for Mr. Obama and ninety for Mr. McCain, a few minutes before I lost consciousness, I figured all Mr. Obama needed was to win two more states, Florida with twenty seven votes and California with fifty five.  With awareness quickly fleeing away I knew it was pretty much in the bag.  It was virtually impossible for Mr. McCain to overcome his more than a hundred vote deficit and pull off an upset.

Regardless, I woke up to an expected surprise!  The forty fourth President of the United States will be the first President who is not known as a hundred percent Caucasoid male.  President Barack Obama will be the first visible minority President.  More than two hundred and thirty years after the birth of our nation we finally have a little racial variety in our highest executive office.  The historic nature of the occasion is monumental.

But then again, the challenges ahead of him and the rest of America are truly monumental.  No President has ever come into this office facing the variety of problems that await Mr. Obama.  Yes we may have had a President that had to face a great depression early in the twentieth century.  Yes we may have had Presidents that had to guide the country through wars.  But now we have an economic crisis of its own monumental proportions, a war fueled by differences in ideologies in two countries, a healthcare crisis with so many Americans losing everything including their lives, global competition as well as global animosity for the previous administration’s unilateral global policies, and so much more.  We voted for the black man to lead the country after the last white man screwed it up so royally.

Voting for Mr. Obama is only the first step.  He is not a dictator of a nation but a leader.  His predecessor, President George Bush, was at one time fond of saying that he is the decider who controls the fate of this country.  But if this election has done anything it has drilled home the fact that it is the collective people of America that are the deciders of this country.  The President might feel like he, or surely one day she, can operate with personal impunity, but he leaves the rest of his or her party to face retribution.  It wasn’t Mr. Obama who was the greatest contributor to the defeat of Mr. McCain but Mr. McCain’s association with an immensely unpopular President who explicitly and implicitly said that he didn’t give a shit about what the American public thought.

Mr. Obama goes into the presidency with the momentum of the world behind his back.  This great victory was achieved with a great deal of effort and coordination of people around the nation.  Mr. Obama cannot do it all alone.  He needs the help of the American people and he needs to stay accountable to the American people.  A lot of people supported Mr. Obama because they felt he was truly the best man for the job.  But on the other hand, there are a lot of other people who voted for Mr. Obama simply because we felt he was the lesser of evils.

If anything can be learned from the story of George Bush it is that the support Mr. Obama may enjoy today can evaporate quicker than a snowball in the hottest pit of hell.  He needs to remain focused and he needs to remember who he serves.  It was the people who donated the most to his political effort.  A lot of people wanted to see change.  Business as usual is not an option.  Two years from now there will be another national election and the Democratic Party that is firmly in charge of the legislature and the executive branch will be held accountable.  I strongly suggest that he, nor anyone else in politics, doesn’t continue the tradition of taking the people for granted.

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8 Comments »

  1. You’re right, there is much to learn from the current administration. They way he brought people together in this election was extraordinary. Now the challenge …. uniting the opposing forces in Washington who traditionally resist change.

    Comment by afrankangle | Wednesday, November 5, 2008 | Reply

  2. Thanks for the feedback afrankangle,

    One of the things that I could not help but notice was that the Republicans never said anything to unify the people. Mr. McCain would go to a rally event and say that those people were the most patriotic unlike the people somewhere else. Why would we vote for such pandering and separation? I honestly hope we have unity at this time. I hope we can truly come together to put this country back on the right track. I may not always approve of everything that happens here, but I am connected to my country.

    Peace

    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Wednesday, November 5, 2008 | Reply

  3. Well, I ‘ll say I voted for McCain myself. But congratulations to President-Elect Obama, and to all those who worked hard to get him where he is. Hopefully he works better at being a total uniter than our current administration has done. While I do not necessarily agree with a lot of his policies, I hope the intent behind a great many of them surfaces, for the betterment of all the people of our nation, be they white, black, rich, or poor. He’s got a tough job ahead of him. I just hope that all the talk about hope and change wasn’t just said for its own sake, and that we truly do move forward in a more united fashion. But I guess inevitably that will be up to the other 535 wonders of the legislative branch to see to that. Hopefully his leadership can foster such an environment.

    Comment by mike lovell | Wednesday, November 5, 2008 | Reply

  4. Thanks for the feedback mike lovell,

    I listened to Mr. McCain’s concession speech and I saw a different man than the one who was running for president. I say a man that looked more like the McCain I admired back in 2000.

    But the people there to support him booed his speech saying that we should work together for the betterment of the country. I was discouraged again. It isn’t Mr. Obama’s job to put the country back on the right track. We all have a job to do and we need to do it together for the future of us all.

    Peace

    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Wednesday, November 5, 2008 | Reply

  5. I was in Times Square last night. New York has yet to sleep. However I sobered up this morning to see and realize what you are saying. The challenges ahead of us are not easy. In order to achieve change, we must be change. We each have our lifting to do in our respected communities and I hope that we are up to the challenge. Washington needs to be repaired. We will have to see if they can see beyond partisan divisions and actually make a difference for America. The only way that change and transformation can come to fruitation is if everyone is committed to it.

    Comment by rhondacoca | Wednesday, November 5, 2008 | Reply

  6. Thanks for the feedback rhondacoca,

    And welcome back! It’s been ages!

    The entire country needs to be repaired. There is so much that has to be done to reverse the neglect and the indifference in all the communities. Washington needs to be repaired, but the community around the corner needs some attention as well. We cannot afford to let anybody fall to the wayside. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link and when we allow a section of the chain to stay weak we all will suffer for it.

    Peace

    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Wednesday, November 5, 2008 | Reply

  7. This feels so much better, even if the problems are still there. Like you, I was asleep or nearly so when the victory was declared, but my Brooklyn neighbors were cheering all up and down the street and hearing them woke me up like a jolt of good coffee. I was suddenly wide awake and feeling part of something bigger.

    Seeing both the McCain concession speech — as you said, that brought back the McCain one could admire — and then hearing Obama say everything I’d ever hoped a president might say in this situation. Well. I voted for Obama and even contributed to his campaign because I couldn’t bear the McCain-Pallin duo, but I didn’t feel like I was a supporter until I watched that speech and saw all those people in Chicago nodding their heads and crying the good tears, not the bad tears. I guess I felt that the country is in good hands, and maybe more to the point, it reassured me that the people do eventually correct the problems. So I’m hopeful at sappy at least for now, at least for these coming days.

    Comment by Betsy | Wednesday, November 5, 2008 | Reply

  8. Thanks for the feedback Betsy,

    Right now I think we all are reveling in the moment. This is a day so many people thought would never come. I would like to assume that the country is in good hands. But another thing the Bush administration has taught me is that we must remain vigilant and watch what direction our political leadership is going so we the people can be quick to respond.

    Peace

    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Wednesday, November 5, 2008 | Reply


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