Obama: Hope for America and the World


Say what you want, but we have to bear witness to history! 

It is a great day to be an American, I don’t care what any of you say.  Last night in Iowa we reminded a divided nation and a turbulent world that America is still the country of hope, optimism, and faith.  The win by Barack Obama regardless of political affiliation showed that Americans are ready to move beyond our past and look toward a bright future.

I went to bed last night on cloud nine for the first time in a long time.  It felt so good to be able to tell my children that it may be possible that America would elect a black president.  Make no mistake, I do have issues with many of Obama’s policies, however the image, the reality, and the history is what I speak of today.

As a black man who grew up and openly joked and heard jokes that it would be a thousand years before Americans would ever consider a black man, it really felt good to see that shattered last night in Iowa.

It feels really good to wake up in the nation of my birth, the country I serve, and after this dark time in our history, began to see some light for not only black Americans, but all of America and the world.

I truly believe that no matter how this pans out whether Obama becomes the next President or not, his candidacy has forever set America on a new course of optimism fueled by our hopes, dreams, and faith in the change we know is possible, when we remember that out of many, there is but one America.

I truly believe that race relations in America are on the heels of change and healing because of this race.  The black community will have to come to grips with the fact that in America even the impossible is still very possible for us.  We should learn from this experience that given the odds, it can still work.  “It” being the American dream.  It is still alive and well even for black Americans should we choose to pursue it.  I would love to be a fly on the wall in all the black households across America.  Think about it:  We could for the first time in history seriously tell our little black boys and girls (thanks to Clinton 🙂 ) that when they grow up, they could become President!  No more will “success” ride on the idea of how well you can entertain or dribble a ball, success can be measured all the way up to the nations highest office!  Thank and Praise God for that!

Imagine those in the world looking and watching America today.  Imagine children, men, and women who have been indoctrinated against America.  Think about what this race must do to their psyche. 

Last night was not just a victory for America, but last night was a victory for democracy and a light shined in the darkness of the world.  Last night we proved that America isn’t cookie cutter and that we are a diverse people and willing to let anyone lead the only prerequisite is that they be American!

May God bless America and may God bless the World.


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