As you all may be aware, Obama was different from his predecessors in this election campaigning. He ran a campaign where he used the very modern tools. Eight years ago, when George W. Bush assumed the office, social media sites like Twitter, MySpace, Facebook and YouTube didn’t exist but
Obama being well aware of the impact and the depth of penetration of internet and the social media sites now, relied heavily on them to convey his messages to his fellow citizens and to raise funds needed for the campaign, as senior political analyst Bill Schneider, CNN, describes it, “In the old model, the president talks to the people on television [and] the people talk back in polls. In the new model, communication is online, and two-way.” He campaigned actively on the Internet; you might have noticed an active Barack Obama on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Black Planet, MySpace, MiGente, Flickr, AsianAve, and LinkedIn. Obama had a clear vision that motivating and bringing the common man actively into the democratic process can make the magic for him and actively campaigned for vote for change, brought a record number of people into the political process – many for the first time, many for the first time in a long time, that literally made him through; hence it’sn’t a wonder if someone on the street says it’s the internet that put Barack Obama in the White House. His foresight became true. Having their personal finances and jobs hit a lot by the worst ever slowdown due to many wrong policies of the previous administration for the past eight years and multiple wars, the people of the United States too were in dire need of a change of government, a government that will take concrete steps to stop recession and bring back the economy and life to normalcy. Hence coupled with these aspects and propelled by the Internet, Barack Obama won the presidential race to become the 44th President of the United States of America.
I doubt anybody else in his shoes at childhood would have risen to such a great echelon but Barack got it clear in early adulthood that education alone can equip himself to fight against the odds in his life and the odds and inequalities in the society like discrimination on the basis of race, religion, creed, color, culture, ethnicity, ancestry etc., though he had emotional imbalances in childhood which he described in an interview with Kenneth Meeks for Black Enterprise as “I was affected by the problems that I think a lot of young African American teens have; they feel that they need to rebel against society as a way of proving their blackness. And often, this results in self-destructive behavior,” but his long vision, determination and planning made him what he is now.
I do admire (or rather worship) hard workers and great visionaries, and I think I will be doing injustice to my own personal ethics if I didn’t tweet a direct message or shout loudly over the blogosphere my hearty congratulations to such a great personality with such a great achievement, no matter whether it’s heard or not (I’m not suggesting Barack Obama to grow beard or mustache and we’re a century and a half away from Grace Bedell and Abraham Lincoln, believe me, this is not a déjà vu! He is smart now than he would have been with whiskers or a mustache!!). I think it won’t just be a feeling of mine but any fence-sitter who has been observing the American politics for the past two years will at least like to whisper silently the wishes, and if you too have that urge to wish him, come on join me below.
Congratulations Barack Obama on assuming The White House today. Congratulations Barry for your self-determination to achieve and for your determination to bring in a change in every American’s life. You got a long list of issues to resolve along with the major headache of bringing back the economy from the tangles and wreckage of recession, and with the need of enormous effort to cease recession that I doubt a four-year stint isn’t enough; yet amid your busy schedule, let’s hope you’ll be active in the social media throughout your tenure and will be a President within easy reach for a common man. You’ve given out a lot of hopes to everyone alike, expectations are sky high, and people are expecting miracles from you. Hope you succeed in fulfilling everybody’s hopes without fail. Wish you all the very best in your term as President.
Congratulations US citizens, on electing Barack Obama as your President. You made it evident to the world that all men are created equal and that the United States of America is a land of opportunities and sky is the limit for anyone in the US determined to achieve, but US citizens, when are you going to create another golden history by electing a first ever woman US president?
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