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President-Elect of the United States of America:  Barack Obama




Posted by Cecilia Categories: Editorials, Elections

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On Tuesday, November 4, 2008, Barack Obama became President-Elect of the United States of America. The significance of this election extends far beyond partisan politics. In fact, it surpasses what we have known, redefining politics for a new generation. This is a cultural shift, evidenced by the amount of voters mobilized this Election Day. People of all ages, races, and classes made a decision to move forward into a new sphere of American politics. This election was not about the power of one man, or even one party. This election was about the ability of the American people.

Barack Obama’s success is in part due to his consistent dedication to his campaign, the strength of his ideas, and the skills to enunciate those ideas in a manner that resonates with his listeners. That his ideas spoke to the hearts and minds of so many people can be attributed to close attention to his fellow Americans’ desires and a precise gauging of the zeitgeist.

The larger part of Obama’s success is in the shift from “me” to “we”; engaging the country on all levels (individual, community, state, national, and global) and encouraging us to be active in the political process.

On Tuesday night we watched with an anticipation and hopefulness that had been lost in America for some time. In fact, the whole world was watching, rooting us on in our quest for change.

And what a powerful thing it was to see Grant Park in Chicago televised: the crowd of all races, young and old, male and female, sharing smiles and tears at this monumental point on the road to change. That scene had me smiling for hours afterward.

Barack Obama is a catalyst for change in this country. We are no longer content blaming one man, or one party, for the faults of our country. We realize that we are all accountable and that progress can only occur if we are all a part of the effort. As President-Elect Barack Obama said during his Election night speech:

“What began twenty-one months ago in the depths of winter must not end on this autumn night. This victory alone is not the change we seek - it is only the chance for us to make that change. And that cannot happen if we go back to the way things were. It cannot happen without you.”

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Comments:

John

Thanks for reading and commenting. This post was intended to be as non-political as possible, but maybe I didn’t clarify that. This election had everything and nothing to do with Barack Obama. He was the representative of a greater movement. The American people are inspired. Where there is inspiration, there is innovation. And where there is innovation, there is progress. While the past is the prologue, we are sick of hearing “This is how it’s always been, and therefore how it should always be.” Lack of change brings stagnancy and complacency and, needless to say, this is not a legitimate way to take part in the global community.

As a side note, I encourage dialogue, but I refuse to take part in school-yard fighting; I don’t have time for it. So, if you’re only point is to roll in here to tell anyone “You’re stupid,” then please save it for some of the other liberal blogs you doubtlessly go out of your way to read and leave comments for.

Thanks.

I don’t believe John is telling you you’re stupid. He’s just echoing what conservatives believe about socialism. Obama’s voting record (when he doesn’t just vote “present”) is the most liberal in the Senate. “Spreading the wealth around” is a euphemism for socialism. Yes, a new generation has voted. But there are plenty of us who’ve been around for a while who voted as well. Obama did not receive a mandate.

Cynthia - I didn’t think that John was attempting to overtly call me “stupid”. I was commenting on his approach, not what he said. 

John - You’ve tried to manipulate what I’ve said so that you can create the platform you want to argue about.

Sean - Someone understands the point! The reason I didn’t speak about policies was because…that wasn’t what I was writing about! You get an A+ in reading comprehension. And thank you for expressing your concerns about President Elect Obama’s economic plans. Many Americans are worried right now and there’s no way for anyone to say what plan is going to produce any measure of success in remedying the crisis. We shall see in the months to come how his plan plays out, but as you underlined, it is our responsibility to be active in the process.


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