barack-obama-21Everybody is getting on the Obama bandwagon these days. Sean Combs, aka Puff Daddy opined in his interview with CNN’s Larry King that he feels like there is more honesty in Obama than the proverbial old boys of politics and I couldn’t agree more.  Everyone seems to be suffering from the effects of a wicked recession these days so we all seem to be on Barack’s back cheering him on, irrespective of our political stripe. To me, Barack’s victory epitomizes the fulfillment of the desire for equality in the U.S. of A – not in Canada, France , Britain or anywhere. Credit the U.S. of A for such an achievement in the pursuit of equality, truly a milestone in its history. For those of us who aren’t Americans we can only cheer and perhaps hope that our countries can be equal to the task of giving its citizens equal opportunity to succeed and realize their dreams. The Kenyans have their reason to celebrate. After all Barack’s father was from Kenya and they can claim Barack to be their son too and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.

At our usual cafeteria lunch talk last week, an Indian officemate of mine said, “I wish there will be an Indian (bombay) U.S. president in the future”.  I murmured to myself, darn we’re really going global, aren’t we? 🙂 And of course , not everyone is giddy with Obama, and that’s to be expected. Obama’s line in his inaugural address – ” to our enemies, we will defeat you” didn’t bode well with America haters, especially those hypocrites who hate America but continue to live in America, including those haters who live abroad but work for an American company.  The irony is , at the end of the day, the devil they so hate puts food on the table for their families 😡  Their disgust turns into cynical comments such as ” Obama isn’t really black. His mother was white – that’s why he won”.

Obama’s victory certainly inspired not only the visible minorities in America but also those in other parts of the world who are struggling with their identity. In many ways, Obama’s victory was heralded as their victory too. Even Manny Pacquiao’s pugilistic success is deemed to have parallels with Obama’s rise to power according to this article.  I don’t know about you but I get annoyed with some people who can’t delineate fantasy from reality,  especially those  who think a sports celebrity can save his ailing country through his victories. Another downside of such delusion is people’s tendency to equate patriotism with rambunctious cheering and flag waving.  Patriotism has more to do with good citizenship and nation building than cheering in the bleachers.  Obama stands a chance to change and save his country.  Pacquiao doesn’t – even if he knocks King Kong out in the first round. 

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