They can … so why can’t we?
I had a crazy schedule on Wednesday and Thursday (so what else is new?) so I was only able to listen to Barack Obama’s complete speech last night once I got home. Well written, well rehearsed, well presented. Compare that with Bush’s speech and you can see why this relatively unknown young man has risen to the most powerful leadership position in the world today.
Listening to the speech, I wondered why our politicians do not bother to rehearse their acceptance speeches so that they can motivate the people of Pakistan, so that they can make an impression on the citizens of this country, and on the world. Good communication skills – and a lot of rehearsing can make a difference to how you are perceived, can lift a country out of its initial gloom and drive people to take action that is necessary to lift ourselves out of a bad situation.
I don’t know if Obama will be a good President. I don’t know if his election will mean a positive change in the foreign policy of the US. I don’t even know if he will be able to stand up to the challenges that face him, the US and the world as a whole. But one thing’s for sure. His speech was the right first step and it has given a lot of Americans reason for hope. His mantra of “Yes we can” has for the moment given people hope. The fact that an African-American has finally realised the dream of Martin Luther King has given African Americans a boost.
I feel sorry that the US still doesn’t seem ready for a woman President. Some say it was because Hilary was the candidate and she had too much baggage, and not enough of the ideals that Americans were looking for at this point of time. I think that, though that may be true, Americans would not have voted a woman into the Presidency no matter whom she was or how good she was. An African American man has managed to get there after more than a century of liberation from slavery but women still have a struggle ahead of them. Sad but true.
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