We should say that again: Barack Obama is the President-elect.
It has been a long time. We in America can be proud of ourselves. Barack Obama is scholarly, educated in constitutional law, intellectually curious, a master communicator, and possesses the moral values of Ghandi, the wisdom of Solomon, and the courage of Sergeant York. Barack Obama is a transformational figure – and at a time when the history of civilization is most desperate for legitimate leadership.
George Bush is neither intellectual nor moral. Bill Clinton may have been the most intellectual of all Presidents, no need to dwell on his morals. George H. W. Bush was a reasonably smart person with Republican morals – the contemporary GOP has forgotten the concept of noblesse oblige. Ronald Reagan had great communication skills, and contemporary Republican morals. Jimmy Carter was a bright guy who could not make decisions. Gerald Ford was a stand up guy with a limited understanding of the world around him. Then there was Richard Nixon. We could go on – but suffice it to say that the free world has been desperate for moral leadership for a long time.
The world has breathed a sigh of belief. We can almost feel the tension relaxing.
September 11, 2001, released the absolute worst possible insanity from the most powerful leadership position in the history of man. With meager intellect, a shallow grasp of human motivation, and a hot ego desperate for a war-time legacy – George Bush began the destruction of world diplomacy and civility. Those aching News Conferences with the eloquent Tony Blair were embarrassments for all Americans. Who can forget the President spitting words of hatred and violence with a big ugly smirk, “Bring it on.” Bush does not realize that he was fortunate to have Tony Blair standing beside him to smooth the tension. But the world gasped in horror.
Barack Obama’s intellect needs no defense. People have said he is merely an orator, able to present a speech. The difference between Obama and Reagan is simple, Obama wrote his own speeches – those wonderfully presented words actually reflect the composition of the man. When Obama says, “this is not a red America, or a blue America, a Republican America or a Democrat America, a white America or a black America – This is the United States of America” – he means exactly that. These are not just words. This is a promise and a commitment to the unity of this country and of all mankind.
Obama possesses the practical reasonableness necessary for a leader. He is forty-seven years old and has demonstrated intelligent choices, balanced choices, during his life. He has demonstrated an empathy and compassion for others. He has demonstrated that he believes in personal responsibility. He believes in teaching others how to be responsible – and then letting those people make their choices. He is a leader who empowers his followers – with little egotistical need to dominate with micro-managing (a fault of Jimmy Carter). Obama will seek compromise because he understands the value of consensus as opposed to majority domination.
Obama possesses the courage necessary to take a position and hold the hill. In nearly thirty debates with the most powerful people in this nation Barack Obama held his position. Obama demonstrated patience and a sound temperament – demonstrating faith that his position would prevail. When attacked, whether justified or not, Obama was prepared and willing to defend himself and to counter punch. He is not some four-eyed-scholar hunkering down in the corner of the school yard, afraid of the bullies. Obama stood up to the bullies and said in paraphrased terms – “Your bullying days are over.”
Obama possesses the intellectual curiosity and capacity to grasp the nuances of international relations and international economics. With a profound appreciation and understanding of other cultures and other faiths he is not likely to offend the sensibilities of others at the cost of diplomatic relations. Obama’s scholarly and depth of intellectual understanding of the vast variety of government structures will allow him to spin the wool and weave the blanket of world peace.
The ugliness of the McCain Campaign will be forgiven by Obama – his courage, intellect, and moral values speak louder than his ego.
These character traits, Intellect, courage, and moral values, will dominate the Obama Presidency. Obama will not deny science. Obama will not deny diplomacy. Obama will not deny poverty. Obama will not deny inequality.
And the world will be a safer, more sane place.
Thank you Mr. President.