Wednesday, 5 November 2008

President-elect Obama makes history and a rousing speech

Democratic Senator Barack Obama has been elected the first black president of the United States.

"It's been a long time coming, but tonight... change has come to America," the president-elect told a jubilant crowd at a victory rally in Chicago.
The man has come a long way in two years since a 2006 poll predicted McCain would win landslide against him. At the end of an extraordinary 21-month campaign that has seen him inspire millions of people into political involvement, simple enthusiasm was on Senator Obama's side. About six in 10 of the Democratic candidate's voters said they were excited about what their man would do as president. Crucially, fewer than three in 10 people who voted for Mr McCain felt the same way about him. Now there's a black family in the White House.


Anonymous 5 November 2008 at 09:49  

It will be interesting times now. He will have no honeymoon period because of the state of the economy, so it will be interesting to see how long the love affair lasts.
Obama is a very eloquent speaker but now he has to run the U.S, he will actually need some policies.

Dr. Christopher Wood 5 November 2008 at 17:22  

The people of America have spoken; they have elected the first Black President of the United States of America. Both sides fought a hard and decent fight, and now it is time that all Americans unite behind their new leader, President Obama, and give him and his team their full support in the days and months ahead.

But we should not forget that President Obama is not so unique as some of my Welsh friends think. There are many industrious and self-sacrificing Black American leaders currently serving the American public. There are black Americans serving as Mayors, and there are countless other examples of Black Americans serving the American people - a Black American leads the American State Department, Clarence Thomas is a Chief Justice on the U.S. S. Ct., and the previous head of the State Department was a black American. The list is actually endless.

Of course we should look beyond the colour of a person’s skin and look to them as leaders for what they seek to give to their country. President Obama wants to bring good change to America; he seeks to look beyond things that can divide a great nation to build a nation where all can achieve the American dream.

As a Welshman and as an American I am proud of my country, and my new President.

But beyond all the hoo-ha and hype, democracy won on November 4, 2008.

Dr. Christopher Wood (Proud American and proud Welshman)
Arlington, VA, USA

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