Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Barack Obama: First President of the World

The 44th Presidential Elections in the US have been followed with great interest and passion not only in Kenya but in all corners around the globe. Never before in the history of mankind has an election attracted such widespread attention. Barack Obama will not only be the first US president of color, but also the first Internet-president and maybe the closest we ever got to a "World President". Polls in more than 40 countries have shown an overwhelming support for Obama across the world. The world had already adopted Obama as ‘her candidate’ during the campaigning period. And despite the deeply rooted financial crisis and the crazy war policies, the United States of America is still seen as a country of hope and opportunity: the American dream is still alive, maybe even more than ever before.

I really liked Obama's Acceptance Speech, and I have the feeling that many people did. My favorite quote from his speech as a Kenyan and as world citizen is “This victory alone is not the change we seek. It is only the chance for us to make that change.” Kenyans, are we listening?

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