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My hopes for Mr. Barack Obama

Friday January 23rd, 2009 by fathersez

Hope usually surrounds the election to office of any new President or Prime Minister. Hopes for something better, a better life, a better economy and a better country. However these hopes and hopefuls are usually localized. Perhaps the only exception would be when it is the election to office of the President of the United States of America. 

The inauguration of the 44th President of the United States of America has touched the hearts and minds of billions of people the world over. The reason is clear. The United States with its undisputed economic and military might can make the whole world come tumbling down or the reverse should it so decide. So everyone notices and hopes.  

I grew up on the diet of American movies and TV programmes. Those days the Americans were inevitably the heroes. In almost every war movie, the Germans, Russians and Japanese were bad. In almost every cowboy movie, the Indians were the bad guys etc. One can just imagine the admiration for all things American I had whilst growing up. 

As I grew older and learnt to understand that there were good and bad people from every country, my prevailing feelings for Americans were that they were good people. People who stood for principles of civil rights, freedom, justice for all etc.   

And I am sure I am not alone in this view. (Hollywood has made sure of this.) And I am also sure that I am not alone in declaring that this view has been sorely tested over the last 8 years.  

Now with the inauguration of the new President, I have deep personal hopes. 

Mr. Obama is taking office at a time when outstanding leadership is needed in almost every country around the world. A time when the traditional “1st 100 days of honeymoon” has been replaced by crisis control at every turn.  

I long for the time when citizens of countries whose leaders did not practice good governance, could look to the US as an example to tout as how things should be done.  

I long for a time when war was the absolute very last thing a US President would put his seal of approval on.  

I long for a time when there is not only a choice between “with us” or “against us”. 

I long for a time when our local children all knew that the best library in our town was that of the USIS. 

I long for a time when there were more news about the great stuff done by the US Peace Corps than stories some armed skirmish somewhere involving US troops.

I hope and pray that Mr. Obama will steer back the US back to the path which resulted in the open admiration of the people of the world. A path that as FDR stated in 1933 would result in a “restoration” of American ethics. 

God bless you, Mr. Obama. May you be rightly guided as you set out to carry out your onerous duties. 

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