Barack Obama, the Phenomena
His name, Barack, a Swahili name, means 'blessed' and he has been hailed by many as a phenomena, poised to do phenomenal things, prompting many to be amazed at the meteoric rise of his political star.
He is only the third African American since the period known as Reconstruction, which ended in 1877, to be elected to the United States Senate.
To some romantics among the American populous, Barack Obama's story takes on almost Lincolnesque qualities. His father, born and raised in Kenya, was a goat herder. His father's father, was a domestic servant in a British household.
His mother's father, during the Depression Era, here in the United States, worked on oil rigs, signing up to go to war after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and upon enlisting, according to information provided at Barackobama.com, ”.... he marched across Europe in Patton's army....”, his maternal grandmother and grandfather's roots anchored in Kansas, in the heartland of America.
Barack Obama's father and mother, an interracial couple, whom he described to have “.... not only an improbable love; they shared an abiding faith in the possibilities of this nation....”, met while both attended college, his father having been awarded a scholarship to attend college here in the United States, with his parents settling in Hawaii. His father eventually returned to Kenya. The senator was raised by his mother.
The senator's web site speaks eloquently of his family's dreams and hopes for him to aspire to do and be whatever vision captured his imagination and desire.
It's a safe bet Senator Obama came under the most public scrutiny, viewed through the eyes of those of this nation and the world, when he delivered the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in July 2004 in Boston, Massachusetts entitled, The Audacity of Hope.
It was a rousing speech, meant to rally the Democratic Party around their chosen candidate for president, Senator John Kerry.
In 2004, Senator Barack Obama spoke of:
.... The audacity of hope!
In the end, that is God's greatest gift to us, the bedrock of this nation; the belief in things not seen; the belief that there are better days ahead....
Here we are, Election Day, November 4, 2008, with many anticipating Barack Obama may indeed be poised on the verge of another phenomenal achievement, that being the attainment of his goal to be elected as President of the United States of America.
As a constitutional scholar, a constitutional lawyer, Barack Obama has viewed, within its pages and what is held by many to be one of the most revered documents upon which this country has been built, his motivation for walking the path he has chosen, a path that has forced this society to attempt to perfect itself and the ideals, stated in the Declaration of Independence, to make good on those ideals by wielding its companion document, that document said to be a living document, the Constitution of the United States, which is said is meant to grow as this nation grows, as the nation has reached a point in time where it may appear that those words written in the Declaration Of Independence are being willed to come true, “ .... all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
I join all who wish Senator Barack Hussein Obama Jr. well on his continuing journey, via Hawaii, traveling through Indonesia, having planted seeds and taken root in Chicago, Illinois, walking in the heritage of Africa and America.
May God the Creator watch over and protect you and the Ancestors aid you on your way.
Ashe! (It is so!)
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