Hope and Change

6 Nov

In the wake of 9/11, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Thomas Friedman wrote, “People…got a glimpse of what the world could be like without America, and many did not like it. America is not something external to them; people carry around pieces of it in ways often not articulated”.

On 5 November 2008 Senator Barack Obama articulated those pieces for us with trademark eloquence in his election day acceptance speech:

To all those who have wondered if America’s beacon still burns as bright: Tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity and unyielding hope.

That’s the true genius of America: that America can change. Our union can be perfected. What we’ve already achieved gives us hope for what we can and must achieve tomorrow.

For a generation that first learned of the significance of the presidency through a media obsession with semen stains and an Oval Office blow job, Obama’s words meant something. They meant that we are not the global orphans of a bankrupt culture defeated by vapidity and resigned to the hypocrisy of those that have come before us.

America elected a president and the world embraced a new global leader. Hope and change never sounded so good.

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