Barrack Obama looked and sounded like a President. . .

August 29, 2008

What an astounding convention!  Complete with all the scripts for the drama and other elements that would make the final night of the DNC 08 very memorable.  Seeing the whole Invesco Field filled to the rafters made the whole thing looked like it could eclipse the opening of the Olympic Games!

I missed the speech of Al Gore, the same way I missed the speech of Bill Clinton the night before.  Truly the whole evening belonged to Senator Obama.

It was very American. It was very gracious for John McCain to congratulate Obama on this historic night. It was not just a night for the Democrats, it was the night for the whole America.  That after 45 years, the speech of Martin Luther King is about to see its fruition in the most powerful seat in the whole world.

I was again riveted to CNN – amazed at how the people were soaking all his words in.  The camera would zoom in on many faces with their eyes getting teary-eyed as H O P E and C H A N G E are being spelled right in front of their eyes.

Like thousands of Americans, I did not know Barrack Obama.  His meteoric rise to the Senate is something not regularly seen – and most commonly interpreted as greed for position and greed for power.  But tonight, hearing his background the most compelling of which ” seeing my mother fight with the health insurance agent as in her bed as she fights cancer….” that was starkling imagery that would unalterably shape the compassion of any man toward the have-nots.  His statement about fathers being needed to provide stability and to provide for the children was really powerful.

The speech was not as polished as Hillary’s was.  But what it lacked in perfect prose and lyrical stance, it more than made up by communicating the bone of what America needs to hear. HOPE.

More than 12,000 miles away, my wife and I listened intently as the history is being written right there in Denver.  A powerful message of HOPE could reverberate throughout the world and througout the generations.  Yes, it looked and felt like the acceptance speech of JFK – esp in terms of the drama and other elements, but it was similar in terms of defining a hope for this generation, and eventually a hope for the nation.  And we as non-americans could only hope that it would spread throughout foreign shores.

Obama was starting to fill the huge shoes for the presidency.  He looked like one. He sounded like one. He acted like one.  It is the President’s role to lift up the countenance of the nation.  And Obama did just that.

A son of an interracial family. Raised by a single Mom (America is being raised by single Moms for the past many years now…) who struggled to complete her degree and prevailed against all odds – Obama is a picture perfect promise of what America used to be, and in his campaign, is trying to recover for the nation.  The american promise, that with hard work and partnership, it can be done.

It is going to be an interesting showdown.  Both candidates appear to represent what the best of America is all about.  The proud, patriotic, courageous fly-boy who has been serving his country, who now wants to serve as its commander-in-chief. The promising young man from Harvard who chose the path of public service.

What an amazing crossroad for America.

I am not an American – but I sincerely say “God Bless America!”

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