"The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit, to choose our better history, to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness." - Barack Obama, President of United States of America
I was extremely overwhelmed while watching the Inaugural Ceremony today. Our generation will proudly boast of being part of this historic event. It was inundating to observe the calm on Barack Obama’s face and the pride in his wife Michelle Obama’s eyes. While I am extremely happy for him and the Americans and the people worldwide who believe that Obama stands for hope, but I can not deny that I was (and am still) a little envious too. When I saw the expression of people in the crowd, of joy and happiness, I realized I have never felt (yet!) what these people are feeling.
At that moment I coveted for that same experience that America was going through. Having that one leader who would stand for hope and joy, who would make you believe that your nation can over come racial-religious-political barriers and break new grounds. I yearn for my country to produce a leader who would stand for “the people” and honor us with this same gratitude and hopefulness.
Obama’s victory is “human” victory at some level and I do not mean to sound territorial here. None-the-less I yearn for the feeling of pride which was in Michelle Obama’s eyes and the same confidence which was on the faces of people in the crowd and the same optimism which this nation (U.S. of A) is moving forward with. I guess what I am saying is - I want my own Obama! NOW!