Election- A Big Boost to Multiculturalism Worldwide
Surrey, Vancouver, Nov. 18, 2008
A lot has been said and written since Barack Obama’s triumphant
race to the White House on November 4,2008.
Indeed, it was history in the making. For the first time in
American history, the most powerful nation on earth will have
an African-American as its commander-in-chief. Obama’s ascent
to the highest elected office in the U.S. has given a much-needed
boost to international brotherhood, America’s image and
optimism. It has given new hope to people belonging to visible
minorities. Overwhelming participation by youth in Obama’s
election has added a new dimension to the electoral process. Obama’s
election has given everyone a reason to be optimistic about the
Obama’s emphasis on change and hope has infused a sense
of optimism not only in Americans but also people around the globe.
Furthermore, it has given multiculturalism, intercultural understanding,
tolerance and racial harmony an unprecedented lift.
Obama has proven that with unwavering determination, perseverence
and resilience, no barrier is unsurmountable in reaching the top.
In this process, he has become a great role model for millions
around the globe. As a result of Obama’s election, Americans
are beginning to see themselves differently. Also, the world is
bound to see America differently.
In addition to Obama’s landmark election, there are couple
of other aspects that can’t be overlooked. His main opponent
for the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton, did a commendable
job in fighting for the nomination. She proved to be very tough
competitor for Obama.Hillary Clinton proved herself to be a tireless
very determined, resilient and resourceful campaigner.
Her strong showing and stamina in this marathon race has proved
that the glass ceiling for women aspiring for the top jobs is
fast disappearing. She was a trailblazer .It may not be before
long that a woman will be occupying the White House in Washington.
Another aspect that jumps out of the recently concluded race
for the president of America is the question of age. The Republican
candidate, John McCain, despite all of his problems and limitations,
has shown that age is no longer a barrier in seeking the highest
office in the land. By age 72, most of the people are inclined
to take it easy. Rather than retiring to take advantage of the
rocking chair, McCain had the courage and conviction to go through
one of the most grueling experiences of his life. In this process,
he has proven and shown the world that age should never be considered
a barrier in going for the most difficult goals in your life .His
courage should serve as a great source of inspiration for young
and old alike.
Now that the election is over, not only the American public
but also the whole world is waiting with a baited breath to watch
Obama deliver. The challenges facing him are huge. More than ten
trillion dollars of national debt, ever-growing deficit, the economy
in a meltdown, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are only some
of the major issues facing Obama. As leader of the free world,
he is expected to be a miracle worker. Expectations have been
raised to a high level.
Will Obama be able to meet those expectations? This is a big
question mark that is hard to answer at this time. However, Obama
does have time and goodwill of the people on his side. Regardless,
Obama deserves our sincere congratulations for what he has already
accomplished and best wishes for what he is going to achieve in
the next four years.