Wednesday, November 05, 2008

45 year old dream comes true....

UPDATE : Obama has taken an almost inassailable lead winning a number of battleground states. Obama now has 207 vs 135 electoral votes. 270 is required for victory. Unless McCain can do the impossible and win the democratic stronghold of California (55 votes), the race is essentially over. It looks like a landslide but Obama has only about 51% of the popular vote. Alas, America remains a country very much divided....
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"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."
- Martin Luther King 1963
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Rosa Park sat so that Martin Luther King could march. Martin Luther King marched so that Obama could run for president. All the polls show that if the people outside of USA could vote they would have voted for Obama. Even in Singapore, a poll showed that 70% of the people would vote for him. His message of change and hope resonates around the world. After 8 years of President Bush and Republican politics, I think the rest of world can't wait for Americans to what we see as "the right thing". If polls are to be believed, history will be made today.
.Obama's success and popularity illustrates that most people are able to look beyond a person's race and name to see what he has to offer in terms of leadership.
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During the Bush administration ideology took precedence over prudence. His anti-regulatory ideology gave rise to the big financial mess we see today. The Bush Doctrine resulted in a disastrous war and gave rise to anti-Americanism around the world. I think right now Americans want a president with no ideological baggage - someone who will do what is best for Americans and will apply sound judgement to act on the best advice available. Obama promised "change" for Americans and a shift from "Washington" politics. Obama's convincing rhetoric has elevated the expectations of Americans which have to be quickly matched by action if he wins. Obama can make history by winning the election but the rest of history will be made his ability to perform.

13 comments:

Sgcynic said...

"Obama's success and popularity illustrates that most people are able to look beyond a person's race and name to see what he has to offer in terms of leadership."

Our ministers up there does not share this optimism.

Anonymous said...

Give credit where credit is due... Long before Obama comes into the scene, little multi racial Singapore had voted for a Jew to lead them... people of Anson, majority were not Indian, elected an Indian to represent them...

Decades later, people in power tried to build racial barrier, through CDAC, MENDAKI, SINDA etc..

Anonymous said...

*Phew*
Global Financial meltdown averted *for now*.

Bush and Republican cronies on the way out. together with trickle down economic policies.

What difference a month makes! :-)

NoName

Onlooker said...

Now there is hope for the Americans.Hope it motivates all the people in the world.
When people want change it is always for a good reason.
My reason for wanting change?
:- I want My country to be safe for my fellow Singaporeans again(I do not want to see another soup spoon incident).
At least a safe home we can all come home to.
PS Elites are addicted to cheap labour.
A reboot is require to purge unnecessary Delete ie too many collecting million without doing a thing.
Obama win because of his accountability. He is able to win votes because he is able to prove his own words with his action.
His website also helps dispel the foxy smear campaign against him.

Anonymous said...

Btw, do u remember what MM Lee said about blacks?

Anonymous said...

i agree that SINDA/ MENDAKI/ CDAC/ Eurasian Association should be SCRAPPED! They form racial barriers!!

err...i don't know what MM Lee said about the blacks??

AlphavilleSG said...

This is change we can believe in!

Now... Please get rid of the PAP

Anonymous said...

Didn't LKY once disparage the 'calypso' culture of the West Indies? Obviously believes that blacks are genetically 'inferior'.

It must suck for LKY to realise that after all this time the most he could manage was to become the leader of a small Asian island unlike this young black man who is so gifted and smart, and has become the next president of the united states.

LKY, Barack Hussein Obama pwns your sorry racist ass...

Anonymous said...

You know what is the answer by the Great Sage...

Hey, no lah. Barrack is not real black what... His mum is white. Real black cannot be that good lah....

Even in his death... his mouth could still move lah.....

Anonymous said...

Well, one thing for sure, Obama doesn't need his dad to put him in the seat.

This alone, makes LKY and LHL the two biggest losers in life.

Anonymous said...

Could not agree more with anon 7.26am. The creation of racial barriers is nothing but tactics to ensure that the ruling party remains in power. Even a kid knows that the pappies would be history if it had remained all single seats. Perhaps then we would have leaders chosen by the people for the people. For all the rhetoric of having the people's mandate, the old man knows perfectly well why he is still in power.

Anonymous said...

I too have a dream...a 43 year old dream. Wonder when it will come true..at least we will get a public holiday..

"r" said...

On the contrary I think Obama's race actually helped him to clinch the top job. I saw an interview in which a white American said he would vote for Obama cos that would somewhat undo the guilt of racial discrimination in the past. In a way its like a kind of reverse racism?

That said, though I really hope for Obama's rhetoric to be translated into reality, I dont think his win really makes any difference to helping to resolve the economic crisis. In fact the more pro-business republicans might just do a better job at that. It seems rather ridiculous that the media largely attributed the asian stock mkt rebound to his win - what the hell has it got to do with Obama??? Just goes to prove how irrational the markets can be these days... they r just desperately seeking for some direction.