Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Dawning of a new age with president-elect Obama

Oh happy day! Barack Obama will be the next president of the United States. I am so pleased and proud of this historical event. As an American living abroad, I have heard my share of anti-American comments and now feel a great sense of relief as the world opinion of the USA is already beginning to change. I felt a lump in my throat while listening to Senator Obama's stirring acceptance speech and I was particularly struck by his choice of words addressing those overseas about his views regarding peace and security around the world: "And to all those watching tonight from beyond our shores, from parliaments and palaces, to those who are huddled around radios in the forgotten corners of the world, our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand. To those who would tear this world down - we will defeat you. To those who seek peace and security - we support you. And to all those who have wondered if Americas beacon still burns as bright: tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity, and unyielding hope.” Hallelujah! I have a great sense of hope and optimism for my country, and indeed for the world.

2 comments:

  1. I can understand your elation, and share your sense of hope and optimism!
    One minor quibble is that I turned the TV on at 8.00pm to watch Autumnwatch to find that it's been replaced by a Panorama Special about the new president! Typical BBC. xx

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  2. Thanks for understanding how I feel, flighty and saying you share the same sense of hope and optimism.

    I'm sorry the BBC replaced Autumnwatch with a special.

    Never mind, I expect things will settle down now without all the constant news about the election to report anymore.

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