BARACK OBAMA ELECTED
"Every American child learns at a parentís knee the most fundamental of truths about their country. Anyone can grow up to be president of the United States. It is the essence of the nationís republican ideal, the meritocratic belief at the core of its organising principle. It is also, at least empirically speaking, complete balderdash.
"In 220 years a country that has steadily multiplied in diversity, where ethnic minorities and women have risen to the very highest positions in so many fields of human life, has chosen a succession of 42 white men as its leader. For good measure, the vice-presidency, the only other nationally directly elected position in the US government, has been held by a succession of 46 white males."
on November 4 night, in a tumultuous break with this long history, Barack
Obama was elected as the 44th President of the U.S.A. symbolising the ultimate
realisation of the American dream "and breaking the ultimate racial
barrier to become the first African American to claim the country's highest
there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all
things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive
in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your
answer," Obama told more than 240,000 celebrants gathered along Chicago's
waterfront. Many had tears streaking their faces.
US president-elect Barack Obama has realised Martin Luther King's dream of 45 years ago, Australia's Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said on November 5.
"Forty-five years ago Martin Luther King had a dream of an America where men and women would be judged not on the colour of their skin but on the content of their character.
"Today, what America has done is turn that dream into a reality," Mr Rudd told reports in Launceston.
Mr Rudd said the US election result was a great testament to the strength and maturity of the American democratic process.
Senator Obama carries a message of hope not only for America but for the rest of the world, he said.
"A world which is in many respects fearful for its future," Mr Rudd said.
world looks to America for global leadership on the great global challenges of
the 21st century."
Cabral Pinto writes in The Nation (Nairobi):
A non-white has become the American president for the first time. You may call Barack Obama black, African-American, Kenyan-American or simply American. In electing him, Americans have given content to their vision of US citizenry.
US had given the impression that the top political leadership is the preserve
of its white male citizens. This has been proved untrue, and it is only a
matter of time before America elects a woman president.
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