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November 5, 2008

Congratulations to Obama… but…

Posted by : Michael Lund
Filed under : Media
Victory for Obama - BBC

Victory for Obama - BBC

It seems like the whole world is celebrating the victory of Barack Obama as the next president of the United States.

Reports are talking about how great it is that the US will have its first black president.

Obama himself made note of the historic occasion in his speech before an audience of millions of people in a Chicago park and watching live on TV, on the internet or listening on radio.

"It's been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this day, in this election, at this defining moment, change has come to America.

"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."

World leaders have heaped praise on Obama in the hope his election signals a new era of relations with the US.

In Kenya - where Obama's late father is from - the African nation has declared a public holiday to mark the occasion.

Australia's Prime Minister Kevin Rudd referred to an old American dream in The Age's report "Obama has realised King's dream: Rudd" (Wednesday 5 November 2008).

"Forty-five years ago Martin Luther King had a dream of an America where men and women would be judged not on the colour of their skin but on the content of their character.

"Today what America has done is turn that dream into a reality," Mr Rudd told reports in Launceston.

King was actually referring to his children in his famous "I Have a Dream" speech delivered back in 1963.

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."

The point was well made though that King was looking forward to an end of a "whites only" attitude that still gripped the US at the time as he told how 100 years after an end of slavery in his country the "the Negro still is not free".

So the US will have a black president when Obama - the 44th US president - takes to the White House in January.

It's a step in the right direction for healing some of the wounds caused by the racial divide of the nation.

Now what about a Native American Indian as president?

Maybe that will be the next aim for the country, and that would go even further in healing those old wounds.

The same could be said here in Australia. Imagine if an Aborigine or Torres Strait Islander was elected Prime Minister (or even president one day).


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