While we, as Americans, realize the historical significance of the '08 Presidential Election I wonder do we realize just how important our voices were to the rest of the world? Do we realize what significance that the outcome of this election has had and will have on the world around us?
"Your victory has demonstrated that no person... should not dare to dream of wanting to change the world for a better place." Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black president, welcomed Mr Obama's victory as a sign of hope for everyone.
Kenya has declared Thursday a public holiday to celebrate the election of Barack Obama to the US presidency. Mr Obama's step-grandmother was seen dancing and cheering jubilantly outside her house after the results were declared. Mr Obama's family stayed up all night in the western Kenyan village of Kogelo watching the election count...
African leaders from South Africa to Somalia have sent their congratulations to the US president-elect. European leaders have hailed the triumph of Barack Obama. European leaders have called the victory "brilliant" and it is a "vision for the future". Others in Europe stated the the result was "historic" and called for "a new deal for a new world". Moscow is looking forward to a "fresh approach", and leaders across the Middle East have congratulated Barack Obama. Governments in South Asia have also given warm reactions to President Elect Obama's victory.
It is, however, maybe best stated by Israeli President Shimon Peres in his letter to President Obama:
"Dear Mr President, The world needs a great leader. It is in your making. It is in our prayers. God bless you."
Do we realize the opportunity? Will we seize the opportunity? Now is our time. The years of cowboy politics are behind. The future is progress and progress is good.
Stand strong America and use the voices that we, the people of this great country, have found.
You have been given a voice, use it. Go out and SCREAM! about something you care about.
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