Thursday, November 6

Ba-rack and Roll

As you and everybody in the free world knows by now… Barack Obama will be the 44th president of the United States of America. Shallow superficial postings aside, I am actually way political for my own good. And while I am not an American, I have always been deeply fixated with their type of politics, simply because I know like the rest of the rational planet that ultimately their decision will have an adverse effect to the rest of us.

I have always leaned towards the left. Not too say that I am this ultra liberal left-winging hippie, but I don’t know, I just get the feeling sometimes that Republicans are warmongers disguised in respectable suits (that or they are just pure evil). Strands of hair rises ten fold whenever I watch Bill O’Riley at the Fox Channel. November 2000 and 2004 were particularly heartbreaking moments for me.

I remember rushing home from La Salle the day of the election back in 2000 and ‘04. I just had this dreaded stomach pumping gut feel that Bush will win and like a train wreck about to happen, you can’t help but watch. You know there will be unbelievable wreckage to follow.

And while finger pointing is pointless now and would be much better left for academic discussions – I cannot even begin to describe the wave of relief that swept my sanity a few hours ago upon the discovery that Obama has done what his forefathers probably thought was something out of the Armageddon movie.

Today, history was made and for decades moving forward, people will be dissecting the events that led to this night.

Some quotes around the world (as lifted from yahoo news)

"On this morning, we all want to be American so we can take a bite of this dream unfolding before our eyes” France

“Your victory has demonstrated that no person anywhere in the world should not dare to dream of wanting to change the world for a better place," South Africa's first black president, Nelson Mandela

In Britain, The Sun newspaper borrowed from Neil Armstrong's 1969 moon landing in describing Obama's election as "one giant leap for mankind."

“At a time when we have to confront immense challenges together, your election raises great hopes in France, in Europe and in the rest of the world," French President Nicolas Sarkozy

"It's the beginning of a different era," police officer Emmanuel Miranda said. "The United States is a country to dream about, and for us black Brazilians, it is even easier to do so now."

"What an inspiration. He is the first truly global U.S. president the world has ever had. He had an Asian childhood, African parentage and has a Middle Eastern name. He is a truly global president." Thailand

“Something happened in the US yesterday with this result. A black man sweeping Iowa, where 95% of its population and socially conservative, is simply a breathtaking turning point in US history” Australia
And while celebrations tonight might prove to be premature, walking in the months and years to come (umm have you seen the stock market lately!?!) it is still worth to take a step back and appreciate the gravity of what has just transpired – and no matter how cynical you maybe – you have to give it up that tonight we were all witnesses to history unfolding.

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