Tuesday, January 20, 2009

President Barack Obama

It seems like so many years ago that my wife told me about a new rising star in the Democratic Party who was to speak at the Democratic Convention for Kerry. His name was strange and hard for me to remember, but she said it correctly--Barack Obama. His speech at the convention made me aware that he was a great orator. I don't know if I am right, but I have always considered those who can communicate well to be mentally strong, possessing strong reasoning skills and understanding the relationship between ideas and, more importantly, how the juxtaposition of those ideas can have the power of persuasion. Now, I am in awe that Barack Obama is the President of the United States and I am filled with a hope for a brighter day when people work not so much for personal gain as for the good of mankind. Some call that Socialism.

I heard a news reporter state that Barack Obama is President and now the world awaits to see if he can deliver on the promise of a new and better world. I am afraid that people miss the importance of Obama's election and the message as to what it will take to make the world a better place. Obama was elected not from his singular effort but from the concerted effort of thousands and thousands of people--some donating money, others donating time, but all believing in the vision and working to make it a reality. That, I believe, is what may be the real definition of America. If Barack Obama is able to make not only America but also the world a better place, it will be because each and every person on this earth helps. And I do not believe that we have to do great things. Perhaps we do not need to sweat the small stuff, but we really should pay attention to the small stuff, because every little effort will be a contribution.

It's a good day.

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