Dreams of our future

 

Yesterday, Barack Hussein Obama was inaugurated into the White House and ushered in a new era of American and, perhaps even, world politics.

 

With a Kenyan father and a Kansas mother, having grown up in Indonesia and Hawaii, Obama is a true child of Globalisation and, perhaps resultantly, he looks likely to become the first truly global leader.

 

His highly anticipated inaugural address failed to strike a cord with some analysts yesterday, who described it as ‘business like’ and seemed to think that inventing a memorable catchphrase was the only objective of such an occasion; these people, rather than listening to the message of his address, preferred to wait with baited breath for the ‘I have a dream moment’ and as such, missed the point entirely. With a day to rethink and rewatch I would imagine that almost any critic could recognise the achievement of Obama’s address and if they can’t, then they are buffoons, unfit to hold a pen or punch keys on a keyboard – the type of people who write gushing articles over the brilliance of an emotive speech only to criticize a month later when the speaker fails to deliver a talking unicorn to every newborn child. They are fools.

 

Of course, Obama could have come out and delivered a soaring rhetoric of promises and ideals littered with memorable phrases – he has the charisma and panache to carry it off with ease – but then that just makes him a crowd pleaser and a show off . . . a liar – and I would have thought the US has had enough of that. Instead, Obama summed up concisely and precisely his position and the US’s position within the world. He covered it all, but pulled no punches. He began with a polite and heartfelt nod to President Bush, before carefully damning the practices of his administration; he firmly laid out the difficulties facing him and the US as a whole, before offering solace in the ability to pull together and mend the problems through sacrifice and hard work; he addressed the many, offering support to the Muslim world, opening the door to former enemies that wish to cooperate, whilst bolstering his good nature with stern words against the few who stand against him. As he drew his speech to a close, he re-stated the need for change in a changing world, but crucially, he guaranteed that the qualities required to make this change were old ideals – honesty and hard work, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism – imbedded within every person, of every State, of the United States.

 

The message of the speech was the preparedness of his administration to begin again – to start over, if you’re American – and instigate a new era of American politics where the USA accept that however powerful, power is nothing without respect and Barack Obama is prepared to gain that respect and, as such, haul the USA out from it’s insular introspective past and into the forefront of the global community. This is great news for everyone – even Bin Laden et al, if they weren’t too proud to realise it – because with the power of the USA wielded for the common good, the United States of America have the ability to unite the world.

 

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5 responses to “Dreams of our future

  1. USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA!

    Sorry, don’t know what came over me. Super writing Adam. (If that is your real name.) Surprisingly positive again. You feeling ok?

  2. p treg

    Whilst on lunch the other day I listend to radio 2 with Jermey Vine;
    He had 3 ‘average’ americans on the line;
    He quoted Barack Obama saying something along the lines of ‘part of the african american community need to contribute more to america, work harder; Amercia does not owe its people a favour’

    Jeremy asked the African Amercian what he felt about this, and he replied ‘it makes me feel motivated, and i want to do may bit for our America’. You never know, people who wear their jeans low, may pull them up now (One of Baracks publicly known pet hates)!

    If a white president had said these comments, I feel they would be completely and wholly branded as a racist. I think this opitimises one of the greatest step forwards for all;

    I see this period and era as, not only, one of great transition and advancement, but one in which a lot of people across the world can remove their chips from their shoulders, put down there poker hand of racism cards, and begin to unite as one a little more.

    Paul

  3. Bevan (real)

    Well said Pegmond, I agree that the speech was a decent one and hope that history will reflect that Obama was the right man for the job. However, there was one part of the speech that puzzled me slightly: “We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus – and non-believers” At the risk of sounding like a disciple of Richard Dawkins, what exactly did he mean by “non-believers”? Presumably he meant the few people in America that are educated, sane and tolerant enough to have been trying for years to instigate the majority of the things he wishes to do to make America a better place. I also noticed that he started his day by going to a special presidential church service, surely he has more important things to do what with the pressing matter of running the country/world. Surely religion, by now, should have no place in politics. This was realised over 200 years ago and alluded to by Jefferson in his own inauguration speech.

  4. Dearest Pegman,
    Thank you kindly for the summation of said speech. Although a momentous occasion I thought it probably best to watch countless episodes of The Wire instead, with your review having paved the way for yet more drug deals and shootings.
    It does seem strange that due to the ecclesiastical masses each president must now come from a similar background and share similar views to have any chance of victory.
    I totally agree with Reality-Bevan & Jefferson, and would like to posthumously congratulate the latter for being able to turn a simple ‘thank you’ into “I avail myself of the presence of that portion of my fellow-citizens which is here assembled to express my grateful thanks for the favor with which they have been pleased to look toward me”.

  5. JT

    Mr Mitchell

    I feel your insightfulness into to said speech is thought provoking and provactive. “The American Dream” must be altered as globalisation increases its ever strengthening grip on the global society. The United States, must become that….an emodiment of a unified idea. You hit the nail on the preverbal head in that Barack (we are on first name basis) did not stand before a nation promosing the undelieverable, nor did he fulfill the media hopefulness of a slogan that would be echoed around American classrooms for the next 100 years. At the end of the day, what many often forget is that the Presidency is infact a job, perhaps one of the toughest in the world, but a job none-the-less, and like all jobs, mistakes will be made, and we must embrace these mistakes, rather than criticising him from the word go. I attended a MCs vs Poets battle last night, to which one of the Poets belittled Obama in his first few days as President, in that nothing had changed….this Poet literally got booed off stage…a point of reflection – a few months ago, if you didn’t belittle Bush, you would have been booed, or if not shot. The USA is changing, and along with it, the world. Can this possibly be the turning point in a world so emersed in fear, and loathing for each other, that we might begin to fight towards a unified goal? Although time will tell, I for one am hopeful.

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