Ladies & Gentlemen of the free world... we are witnessing history in the making. It was only 1-short-week ago when millions of voters turned out in record numbers in America, to elect the 44th President of the United States... and this time we got it right!
We didn't settle for a presidential candidate who wanted to continue the same lopsided politics of the last eight years, and we didn't settle for a candidate who promised to pull tricks out of a hat, come 2009.
Instead, we thought long and hard on our voting decision... and we chose a man (an educated and highly-qualified man), who has shared some of the same struggles as the ordinary American: student loans and being a child of single parentage, among other things. We chose a man who not only talks the talk, but walks the walk... we chose a man who we can finally recognize as being FOR THE PEOPLE...
We chose Barack Obama!
(America's new President-elect)
Barack Obama is a man of character and a man of diligence... and as I think back to a television interview of Congressman Elijah Cummings (Maryland), where he gave full detail of a phone conversation he had with Obama announcing his candidacy for President, I'm reminded that Barack Obama is also a man of faith.
Cummings recalled that Obama was driving during their conversation and that his voice was calm but excited over the phone, and he went on to say how Barack had pulled over his car and asked Cummings to pray with him so that God's grace and mercy could be with him during the presidential process. To me, right there in Obama's gesture of faith, he shows us a raw humility and reverence to a higher-power that can truly solve all of our problems, and when you put your trust and faith in God, all things will work out for the better, and I am so glad that this country now has a President who embodies that notion.
Moreover, looking beyond the brunneous complexion of Obama's skin, we must first see that he is a man of mixed heritage (of both African & European descent), who was raised in America. He represents the identity of this nation's vastly growing multi-cultural population, and I believe that's why so many people -all over the world- feel a connection with him, because he looks just like you and me. In looking at Obama, we are re-assured that we are all of the collective, human race and not just black and white.
And with his two, beautiful daughters and his wife (and soul-mate), Michelle Obama, the new First-family further symbolizes the diversity that makes up this world. Although Michelle's African-American heritage denotes a reflection of America's past cruelty towards dark-skinned people, we hold tight to the promise of America's future... knowing that men and women (in the words of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.), will continue to be judged by the content of their character and not by the color of their skin.
Mr. President, because of you, my faith in mankind has been restored and I am finally proud to be an American... I am at your service, sir. We are all, humbly, at your service.
May God Bless Us All!
Avon L. Dorsey II.
Publisher- STYLE 101 Magazine