Wednesday, 5 November 2008

History Is Made

To say that history has been made is usually a cliché, but upon the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States of America, the phrase can be legitimately deployed. For the first time in American history, a black man has been elected head of state.

The importance of this cannot be overestimated.

When Obama was born, America was a very different place. Life for people in many parts of the country was one of segregation. Civil rights activists faced violence and death. Many black people were even prevented from voting.

But not now.

Obama preached the ideology of change during his campaign and spectacularly managed to mobilise a nation of young and ethnic-minority voters to join those who traditionally cast their ballot every four years. The world was entranced as finally they saw a spectacular way to sweep away eight years of right-wing rule under George W Bush.

However, Obama does now face a tough challenge. He inherits an economy in tatters, US troops are still stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan and he has to deliver on all his promise of change.
History has been made. America has taken a glorious and proud step forward. The world watches in hope.

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