Why I Have Great Pride in President Barack Obama!

       For the last 78 years, I have been a part of American History, good and evil; tonight, on the eve of President Obama’s election, I felt a yoke being lifted from my neck, my confidence in my American democratic Republic was restored, and faith and pride in my America was resuscitated.  Frankly the questionable Presidential elections in 2000 and again in 2004 brought me to conclude that democratic elections in America were never to be again; I lost faith.

     My first vote for President was cast at the age of twenty-one, for Adlai Stevenson, the greatest man never to be President in American history.  I cried when he conceded the election to Ike Eisenhower who was President for eight years and never uttered a quotable word.  However, despite the fact that I lost an election, I respected President Eisenhower.



     Today, after eight years of having my America become a military aggressor, torture prisoners-of-war, spying on our own citizens without legal warrants, and violating of our own Constitution and International law, I found most Americans, including myself totally depressed and despondent about President Bush’s American policy.  Having President Bush take dictatorial powers upon his self, a President who constantly used the word I and never we Americans, and a President who taunts the American people telling them that, “I am the decider” and not we the American, caused me to loose faith in America.


     Before Barack Obama was considered a candidate, I heard his voice telling Americans that America’s aggressive war in Iraq is wrong and the American people need to come together as one and renew the American democratic Republic of the people, by the people, and for the people, .  His words described what I wanted for America, however, I was of the opinion that America was too divided, too racist to have faith in an intelligent, well educated, and sincere American, the son of an African immigrant and a mother from Kansas; I lacked faith in the American people.  My own grandfather had owned slaves and that is how close America was to acceptance of the enslavement of Africans.


     For me to see Obama elected tonight was a moment in history that I will cherish.


     There were times in my life when I have had respect for Sen. John McCain; his concession speech this evening was something for which I will always admire him.  He believes in America and he believes in reconciliation of political opponents free of animosity; we are all Americans, and John McCain will stand with President Obama and the rest of us for the good of the democratic American Republic.



     President-elect Obama, in his victory speech, reiterated his promise that America will change and together we the American people, both Democrats and Republicans will convince the world that we are a peace loving people, a compassionate people; he also warned America’s enemies that we the American people, both Democrats and Republicans, will defeat them.  Obama told Americans that we will unite to face the future; there is diversity in America but we are all Americans.  Personally, I believe in what Barack Obama said; that is why I voted for him. For the first time in eight years, I can say that I am proud of the President of my American democratic Republic.


     You know, Obama just may be the reincarnation of Adlai Stevenson.

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