Barack Obama: Culmination of a Near Perfect Storm
Change. To be honest, it would be difficult to pinpoint exactly when most societal or political storms begin to form, effecting change.
It could be argued, a storm formed about two hundred years before the creation of this nation, as European newcomers were brought face to face with the land's indigenous peoples.
Still others would agree, thunderous rumblings were heard when the soon to be formed nation, grappling with the need to maintain the established practice of enslaving Africa's descendants, sought to declare its own freedom from tyranny.
And, no doubt, it could definitely be noted that clouds began to converge, most visibly, about fifty years ago, around the time the U.S. wrestled with domestic issues of inequality, fears of insurrection, as well as concerns for what occurred in the countries of its neighbors and U.S. influence and intervention in the affairs of other nations around the world.
Whenever clouds begin to form, it signals a coming change from what many may have previously held to be the way things would continue to be.
Change, this time, began with an expression of hope, actually, an expression of the “ .... audacity of hope”, the phrase uttered by Barack Obama, a man most of the world 'met' when he spoke those words in the summer of 2004 at the Democratic National Convention.
In February 2006, heeding a sense of urgency, he summoned his will and said “Yes we can!” , announcing his run for President of the United States, in Springfield, Illinois, in the land of Lincoln.
Later, as the field of Democratic candidates seeking the presidency thinned, Barack Obama stated his candidacy represented “Change we can believe in” .
After months, heading down to the wire with Senator Hilary Rodham Clinton, the first ever viable woman candidate for president, one June evening in 2008, Senator Obama took the stage to acknowledge his pledged delegate lead, earned during the primaries, arousing the crowd and declaring, for the first time, “ ....This is our moment. This is our time ” .
Then, in August 2008, on the 45th anniversary of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s I Have a Dream speech, Barack Obama took the stage, confidently accepting the Democratic Party nomination for President of the United States at the conclusion of the Democratic Convention.
All while he made this momentous run for president, his fellow Democratic opponents, challenging him during the primaries, continually asked, 'Exactly, what does change mean?'
As the two leading party nominations were finally decided, with the two remaining candidates, the Republican candidate, Senator John McCain and Democratic Senator Barack Obama, battling to the finish line in November 2008, it was still unclear to many what exactly change would mean.
Shortly after 11:00 PM, Eastern Standard Time, Barack Hussein Obama Jr. was declared the projected winner, destined to become the 44th President of the United States. He took the stage in Chicago, Illinois, in the state where his run began, and proclaimed, “ .... Change has come to America.”
Change. What is change? What would change be? Well, it turns out that the majority of voters in the United States weren't as concerned about what change would be. They simply didn't want things to continue the way they had been, deciding Barack Obama would bring about much needed change.
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