Swift it was, and sweet was the victory. Barack Hussein Obama II, defying the odds of history, is now officially the US president-elect. This was via a landslide win in the US elections, just a few hours after the polls ended in the east and middle states of the United States of America.
His victory was the victory of millions of supporters who braved more than two hundred years of racial prejudice, upset the conventional wisdom of the White Anglo-Saxon Protestant America, and stirred up the staid Establishment in Washington DC. The young, the women, the minorities, the unempowered and the disempowered, all found their voice and united behind Obama’s candidacy.
America will never be the same again–the dam has been breached and a new era of a fuller democracy based on people’s participation has dawned. It is a genuine movement of the American people, within the constitutional framework of the electoral process.
However, the birth does not automatically make the person. A change has been made–the Change people expect.
But what is change if not an elusive concept defined in as many ways as the people who uttered it. It remains president-elect Obama’s heavy burden to define this–sans rhetorics–and bring it to reality. We wait eagerly how a people-powered leader will fulfill this destiny.
The American people have wrote–and having written–should ensure the realization of what they have wrought.