For anyone who has not watched Barack Obama’s acceptance speech late night on 3rd November to a massive crowd at Grant Park Chicago, do so before proceeding further
Its finally over America has finally chosen Barack Obama as its 44th President. History has been created and its for the very first time that an African American will be the official resident of the White House. Not only does it signify that after years of struggling with a pestering issue of racial discrimination Americans have finally risen out and quite possibly millions of ‘white Americans’ may have actually voted for a black man to lead their nation forward
If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.
It is quite possible that late night on 3rd November 2008, in cold winter breeze of Chicago, American may have actually changed, the speech reverbrated across the world glowing with the message of hope, hope not only for the millions of Amerincas but hope for the billions across the world. Whilst the Americans chimed ‘Yes We Can’ with Obama, billions across the world may too also have chimed along as well.
The world had truly been holding its breath for the past few months, mostly sick and tired of the ongoing mismanaged tyranny created by the Bush dynasty and truly hoping for a new change in American politics, yesterday the 6.7 billion people may have truly heaved a sigh of relief as they watched Obama deliver his victory speech
To those — to those who would tear the world down: We will defeat you. To those who seek peace and security: We support you. And to all those who have wondered if America’s 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.
In early January 2009 Barack Obama will walk into the White House not only after having successfully won a rigorous election campaign but will now carry with him the burden of hope and dreams of millions of Americans, if not billions across the world, it is now him alone that has to live up to the extraordinary high expectations that Obama created for himself he has to literally out-do himslef by a mile and half to keep the Americans happy that their votes were not wasted. The test of time will probably a look back into the past four years from now and we hope that then Obama himself can confidently say, Yes We Did Change the world to a better place
In terms of the impact of these elections on Pakistan, I believe we will be one of the very first few challenges for the incoming Obama-Biden team. Pakistan now sits in a very precarious situation and needs to be handled very delicately and diplomatically ensuring that this country does not simply disintegrate right under their noses.
The global economic crunch combined with a deteriorating security scenario in Pakistan has actually compounded the stability of our country beyond repair. Whilst we must admit that most Pakistanis do not see any glimmer of hope from any hopeful resurrection from our own democratically elected government who sadly remains busy at minting money from an already bankrupt country, mind you, these issues are mostly our own internal problems that we need to cleanse ourselves, what America desperately needs to sort out is the security situation within Pakistan for which America is part responsible, its possible that with this issue out of our way we can revert our attention to bringing our own house in order and try to send these looter’ers and plundered packing hopefully replacing them with a set of leaders who can deliver an awe inspiring YES WE CAN speech to drum up our own national dignity and patriotism which now stands at an all time low