Imagine that you have endured a nightmare from which you desperately tried to escape. You are sweating, and tossing, and turning silently screaming as loud as you can but no one will come to your aid. You are so afraid of the thing pursuing you that you risk inflicting even worst damage to yourself by running blindly through traffic, completely ignoring the cars that narrowly miss smashing your body to pieces. Even though you have never done so in your life before, you are unhesitant in racing to the precipice of one building where you boldly leap across to the top of another building in a vain attempt at escape. You don’t know why you are running, but you have been running for the past eight years tirelessly trying to find a way out of this nightmare. You are not alone. I have been running too!
It appears that the entire world has shared our nightmare. In fact, it appears that all of us breathed a collective sigh of relief when the nightmare finally went away on the night of November 4th, 2008. The civilized world in a wave that started on the shores of America and traveled jubilantly around the world in the twinkling of eye, no; the speed of light to finally awaked us from the terrible nightmare that was the reign of King Bush the 43rd. The state of constant fright brought on by war and the threats war, the complete disregard for Constitutional Law, the total annihilation of the rights of citizens of this great country, the end to a progression of lies that arose time and time again to cover schemes designed to circumvent the rights of the people abruptly was lifted from an entire world.
The people wept and I wept, we chanted his name, we danced as if there would be no tomorrow for the remainder of the night; we ran madly through the streets invoking declarations of being saved at last; all of this in response to the end of a nightmare. All of this is in celebration of the overwhelming election of Barack Obama to the presidency of the United States of America. What was it that could have given so many people of diversity the cause, so many around the world, who somehow shared the same nightmare worldwide an assurance that it was over, that they could go back into their houses, to their beds and finally obtain the sleep that they so desperately need – the elections were over in America and America had chosen well - OMG?
What does the election of Obama mean that so many people of so many different walks of life could spontaneously share the same instantaneous outburst of total satisfaction on cue? It means that what we have all hoped for so long has finally come down to Earth. It means that rational thought can again be expected to be applied to the decision-making possesses that originate from the Oval Office. It means that we won’t have to listen to lies and the rumors of lies every time a press conference is called. It means that the world’s most powerful nation can again be expected to follow the original creed written in the cornerstone of the Statue of Liberty - “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free”
A true African-American for the first time in the two hundred and thirty-seven year history of the greatest, most powerful country in the world will become President on the twentieth of January, 2009. That is a remarkable statement! It seems that the sentence itself is not one that we should ever utter because it seems that it never was suppose to happen. What? A Black man in control of the most powerful country in the world… nah; you are on drugs man; that will never happen!
Yet, it has happened and like Murphy’s Laws; it has happened at the worst time in terms of the huge task that this one man most overcome to bring order to a chaotic situation. What is even more amazing is that the ‘world’ feels that he is the only one that will bring the right stuff to the table to calm the fears and provide the answers to all of the people of the world. The people of the world believe that he is the ‘one’, the savior of mankind, superman, if you will.
Interviews in countries around the globe - Africa, France, England, Argentina have been televised with the interviewee saying the same thing… Obama will fix whatever is wrong; he can stop the Taliban from over-running the people of Afghanistan, he will negotiate with the Iranians to stop the development of nuclear weapons, he can stop the Mississippi from flowing South, oops, no he can’t so that, but you get my drift. There is so much that needs the attention of this President, so much that he must accomplish that I feel that he will be a Superman if he accomplishes fifty percent of the task that have been placed at his feet.
The audacity of hope and faith are surely working overtime to bring a happy ending to this story!