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November 5, 2008

Yes We Can…

Tuesday November 4, 2008 – America voted.

I bet no date has ever caught the attention of a nation and the world as this date has.

Before I say anything, I will wish all the readers of this blog a belated happy Halloween. I thought of my mask for Halloween, and the first idea I get – Let me wear a Bush mask. What has been scarier than this face? In fact, show me a scarier face in the last decade.

Do I sound like a “democrat”? Well, I am neither a republican, nor a democrat, nor an independent. I am just an observer from India.

I have been watching the debates and the campaign over a period of the last 12 months. And I can say the few phrases that caught my attention “Change, we need”, & “Country First”.

But… “YES WE CAN” – No other phrase has caught the attention of the entire world.

My few cents, as the world sees the most tumultuous economic times in the 21st century. The one thing that keeps human spirits alive is Hope. It keeps us alive in the victories and tragedies of life. Hope keeps you alive to survive and succeed. I must say that this is hope that has written a new chapter in the 200 plus years of American history.

Democracy is oft defined in the words of a senator from Illinois – “By the people, of the people, and for the people”.

This was a moment in history, when another senator from Illinois gave a new slogan to democracy – “Yes, We can”.

If Martin Luther King had a dream, Barack Obama has made that dream come true.

And as Obama said: – “A new dawn of American leadership is at hand.”

Folks, this has been the most inspiring message I have ever heard.

His message to the world: – “Our stories are singular but our destiny is shared. To those who have wondered if America’s beacon still burns as bright, tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from our the might of our arms or scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals, democracy, liberty, opportunity, and unyielding hope”.

Barack Obama has officially won the 2008 Presidential Elections. This has been a defining moment in history, and I feel privileged to have witnessed this.

And my good words to the competitor – Sen. John Mc Cain. A true soldier, who accepted defeat graciously, thus saying to his supporters “the defeat is just mine, not yours”

From a citizen of the world’s largest democracy, I salute you, America.

Disclaimer: The views expressed here are just my own.

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