The tears have only just begun to dry. I must admit that I did not manage to stay awake to watch the announcement in real time but I still broke down in an inexplicable happy explosion when I watched the rerun on Sky News this morning. It’s happened and it is still sinking in. I know that everybody from Obama to the man in the street will call this the election of Change but the first building block that has been laid today is of Hope. Change will hopefully come about through actions – trial and error as Obama said. What millions of Americans and world citizens have for now is a renewed Hope in a time of depression and recession.
Obama is the man the people have chosen to translate the message of hope into real change. It is a difficult task ahead as the hardest obstacle looms closer – that of disproving traditional politicians’ reputation of being gas bags full of rhetoric, of breaking past the falsities of marketing mantras, of giving shape to the politics of change by roping in every willing participant.
Yes we can. It is a message of hope based on belief in our potential. It can never be stressed how much the US and the world needed this message. This is the epic story of our time beginning to unfold. It is a saga, a narrative that can potentially define the time we live in. Now will be the time to move to actions from the words and the rhetoric. Armed with the message of hope the wave of change might begin.
And Inhobbkom Joseph wrote to Obama. I’d rather not comment at this point – and angry pen seldom writes reasonably – but never was the contrast between rhetoric and hope for real action more blatant. When will we quit playing games?
A brilliant article: Let’s Celebrate by John McWhorter on The New Republic