President Barack Obama – one man, a world of hope

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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.

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One thought on “President Barack Obama – one man, a world of hope

  1. Grant

    Not to disagree, Vince, but I doubt that “Better words and more poignant words will be written” about the historic day Barack Obama became U.S. president than the ones used in your excellent post. No less historic was his inspiring and powerful self-penned inaugural address. For me, there were two sentences in regard to the rest of the world that stood apart from the rest:

    “To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West – know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.”

    “… if you are willing to unclench your fist.” Among the numerous other faults of the Bush administration was its own clenched fist against those countries on the frightfully named and ever changing “Axis of Evil” list. In their unyielding belief that might is always right, that any attempt at open communication with perceived enemies would be a sign of weakness, Bush and company proved just how woefully inept they were at something known as foreign diplomacy. But that’s more than enough about the now irrelevant Mr. Bush. He’s the dark past while President Obama is the promise of a brighter future. Though it’s a fantasy to think that one man alone can resolve all the problems currently facing the U.S. and the rest of the world, I do believe that this intelligent, honourable, eloquent and charismatic man will give it his all in trying to set right what is now wrong. Yes, he can … and will.

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