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Barack Obama: The hope becomes the 44th President of USA
by Thanos Kalamidas
2008-11-05 08:33:50
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However cliché I might sound this time, there is no time for celebrations, Barack Obama won and the victory party must finish soon, the new president and the Democratic Party must roll up their sleeves and start working before being even sworn in. You see George W. Bush and his neo-cons still have time to screw up things even more and they will do because among other things they are bad losers.

The Republican Party has some really important jobs to do also, time for change for them also. They must grab the momentum and get away from the extreme right way George W. Bush and his neo conservatives led it and that a lot of famous Republicans have left the party the last few years says something or better reminds something Ronald Reagan said back in '50s when he had his crisis with the party, he said it wasn’t me who left the Republican Party, but the Republican Party who left me.

The Republican Party has been disappointing the people who supported it for years becoming a follower of ideas that represent hate and the darkest times of a party that surprisingly ones fought for equality against prejudice. The Republican Party has a lot of work to find its old values and perhaps its dignity.

Now you probably wonder why in glorious days after Barack Obama’s victory I’m writing about the Republican Party. Unfortunately and I mean the word, there is a winner from the Republican Party in this election and the name is Sarah Palin; this opportunist populist that covers racism and prejudice behind a wink and a television smile was not defeated today, McCain was defeated and Palin is here to consolidate the worst part of the conservative America around her and return or be here to remind us with her existence that even the biggest democracy has dark sides. It gets worst if the Republican Party embrace her believing in her myth that she represents the average ‘American hockey mother’ and ‘six pack Joe.’ Risky point and lets all hope that reality will put Sarah Palin were she really belongs, next to her abandoned family.

By the way I always found amazing this reference to the ‘six pack Joes’ from the Republican since most of these Joes are …unemployed without health insurance and most of the ‘hockey mothers’ or ‘soccer mothers’ most likely work cleaning offices to support their families after eight catastrophic years of George W. Bush.

And that’s why the Democratic Party and the new, the 44th American President-elect Barack Obama has to start working straight away and leave the party for the second term. For the first time an American president is excused to say that he received burned land. George W. Bush is leaving behind him a destroyed economy, foreign policy in pieces and a nation at war with the wrong enemy while the real enemy is thriving in the mountains of Pakistan and the Taleban returning stronger in Afghanistan.

Education is a strong foundation in USA that is in trouble at the moment and national health system has become the dream of the average American; these are things Barack Obama promised to short out and he is obliged to do so in his first term, he has to prove the trust the people lay on him. And yes, the boys and the girls have to return from Iraq because the role of the liberation army ended the first two months and now in the conscious of the locals has become an occupation army triggering more trouble and giving excuses to all kind of fanatics.

Let’s hope that in the following weeks and months we will see the message of hope president Barack Obama is carrying will become a wing and a domino effect all around the world. I don’t expect any major changes in the beginning but hope is something we all missed for long time and Barack Obama can give that.

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Eero Nevalainen2008-11-05 15:45:44
Unfortunately, I am afraid that Bush already managed loot the US into such a dire economic condition that there isn't all that much that Obama will be able to do, and when shit hits the fan for good, he gets the blame for it. The Republican "drown it in the bathtub" strategy and all that...

He really needs some serious FDR-mojo to pull this off...

Alexandra Pereira2008-11-05 16:15:42
He won't do it alone, he's not Super-Man nor a Magician, nor would it be honest to demand that from him ("Contrary to the rumours, I was not born in a manger" - B. Obama :) ). Action, empowerment and awareness of all people are needed.
And not just in America.

Emanuel Paparella2008-11-05 17:07:28
What you have just expressed, Mr. Nevalainen, is the old trite will to pessimism that not only contemplates things as they are but also postulates that they cannot possibly change; a rather common stance in the Europeans intelligenstia capable of finding fault even with Moore's Utopia. To take that stance is to misinterpret what Obama represents: a conspiracy of hope which looks at things as they are, finds them wanting and has the audacity to hope for the way they ought to be. European cynics, the so called political realists, proud of their Machiavellian stance, ought to try that attitude for a short while. It may surprise them, how much better the world looks with that mind-set; they may even forget their cynicism.

Emanuel Paparella2008-11-05 17:17:56
P.S. I found this in my e-mail box a few hours after tha announcement of Obama election to the Presidency. Notice that he does not say that he has the magic wand by which he will deliver the goods; rather, he says that it all happened because of you, meaning all the people who helped him get elected and will help him change this country.

Emanuel --
I'm about to head to Grant Park to talk to everyone gathered there, but I wanted to write to you first.

We just made history.

And I don't want you to forget how we did it.

You made history every single day during this campaign -- every day you knocked on doors, made a donation, or talked to your family, friends, and neighbors about why you believe it's time for change.

I want to thank all of you who gave your time, talent, and passion to this campaign.

We have a lot of work to do to get our country back on track, and I'll be in touch soon about what comes next.

But I want to be very clear about one thing...

All of this happened because of you.

Thank you,


Eero Nevalainen2008-11-05 18:23:59
I am not cynical regarding possibility of change, and neither do I deny that inspirational leaders do spread an aura of optimism around... the US economic situation just does happen to look pretty bad, and that's a fact that he will have to somehow deal with. Just hyping people up with "hope" isn't going to make the US deficit and debt and global trade imbalances go away.

AP2008-11-05 20:29:12
Right, Eero, you're totally right about that, but you must recognize that symbolically this election in itself is an achievement which goes much, much beyond economy. Now what we've been saying has been: it's not gonna be Barack alone having to deal with the bad situation of the economy, all people will have to help. Unfortunately, if to bring it down a handful of idiots is enough, to recover from the damages a lot more hands will be needed.
What is happening is just one of those rare moments in History when people, besides being aware that they can in fact change things and make a difference, collectively commit with taking action.

AP2008-11-05 20:35:34
Now go tell all the people who know well all the centuries of slavery and segregation if this is not hope!

Go tell the unemployed people of America, the victims of the Wall Street bosses around the world, etc.! Hope is something no one can buy from you, Eero.

AP2008-11-05 20:52:02
It doesn't feed you either, but you would be amazed to acknowledge how some ideas and measures can rapidly turn into a little bit more bread. :)

AP2008-11-05 20:57:53
A good leader has necessarily to envision and try to achieve a better future. But he doesn't get there alone, much of his role is actually to stimulate the potential to get there - in others. If he envisions positive things people identify with, that's called hope.

Jack2008-11-05 22:48:04
AP, your right. I echo your comments: "he doesn't get there alone." It is a collective effort much like trying to piece together a giant jigsaw puzzle. It's at least somewhat easier and many hands make for lighter work. It reminds me of John F. Kennedy's Innaugural Address: "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country".

Alexander Mikhaylov2008-11-06 01:12:49
‘Ask not what your country can do for you….’ Is that a paraphrase of a famous Cardinal Richelieu’s saying ‘Rejoice that your wife was unfaithful only to you and not to your country’?
Speaking of hope…
Yes, hope is certainly a good thing to have if you do not have much else besides.
I also believe that cynical European intelligentsia has a lot to answer for. For one thing, it helped European nations to mature politically, intellectually and culturally. Isn’t it a sign of a maturity – abandoning childish optimism for the sake of a more realistic attitude (which only a child might mistakenly view as mere pessimism)?

Collective effort…
I simply wonder…Is it truly achievable in highly individualistic society?

Alexandra Pereira2008-11-06 02:04:47


with love, from a very childish Alexandra today :D

Alexandra Pereira2008-11-06 02:41:23
More OBAMART - to continue the series bellow Mr. Paparella's article - by Hyperakt Design Group ("from Brooklyn with love"):

getting more and more childish, as you see... :D "We're ALL Husseins, Russians or not!" ahah Could be a good slogan for Mr. Medvedev? :)

Alexandra Pereira2008-11-06 02:50:07
Best quality of children? They Dream! :)

Alexandra Pereira2008-11-06 03:20:14
Like: they dream with puppies and they DO get them! :D

Alexandra Pereira2008-11-07 04:16:17
Imagine the Dawn of a New Day

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