Thousands upon thousands of words will be written about the historic day we have witnessed today, Barack Obama officially becoming president.
Better words and more poignant words will be written across WordPress, let alone across the world. What has surprised me today is the actual lack of words I have to describe it all.
When I look ahead at the gargantuan road of challenges this new American president faces, I shake my head and think, “How unfair for this one man to have so much to do and tackle.”
Then..a few seconds later I am reassured with this thought, if there ever was a man who seems to exemplify what it means to be a leader of men and women, to embody hope and determination, it is this elegant man from Illinois now setting up shop at the Whitehouse.
Yes, he is a brilliant orator, an inspiring voice to listen to. However, the substance of his words and how he delivers them makes me believe he can do it, makes me believe change is possible and that we all can be better, not just Americans, but all of us.
He will fail at times, he is human after all. How those failures will be measured against all this hype surrounding him will be interesting to see. If he can achieve even a quarter of what is expected of him, it must be recognized as a success.
Let’s be patient, both Americans and those in other nations. His work will take time and likely two terms to execute. There is a mountain of goodwill around the world for him, he will reach out and America can now be seen as a partner again, how he capitalizes on this will be interesting.
How he reaches across the divides new and old and how he tries to mend international relationships broken, while fighting terrorism, will be initiatives to watch. How he kickstarts his nation’s economy is a massive test alone, let alone dealing with the mess of Gitmo, Iraq and Afghanistan. There are so many fronts he must work and fight on that the pressure is unlike any of us can understand. Remember too, there is also work for all of us to do as well.
The weight of the world and not just one nation, appears to now be placed on his shoulders. He has been an inspirational figure to date but now the time arrives for his sleeves to get rolled up and to inspire by action.
Can he do it?
Yes, he can.
Yes, we all can.