Continued from Part 2
America, our problems can be solved (Barack Obama)
...as a people we shall get there... (Martin Luther King Jr.)
Anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do (Eleanor Roosevelt)
We did not come here to fear the future. We came here to shape it (Barack Obama)
Being President doesn't change who you are; it reveals who you are (Michelle Obama)
A change is brought about because ordinary people do extraordinary things (Barack Obama)
his writer would take it if accused of over-hyping Obama's victory. Nothing would be too much writing about this victory, taking cognisance of the fact that a few hundred years ago, black were seen as sub-humans, they were slaves in Europe and America, and were never allowed to vote or to contest for elective posts. Today, a black man has been re-elected the President of the United States (the most powerful man in the world). Unfortunately, the leaders of the African continent are not getting their act together. Hopefully, in no distant time, Africa would become a continent to reckon with and its leaders would exhibit exemplary leadership.
With the hindsight of what blacks went through in America, Obama's electoral success becomes one of the wonders of modern history. Imagine that a country where blacks were turned away at polling stations on election days few hundred years ago, is now the one that elected and has re-elected a black person as president.
As one of Obama's campaign volunteers, this writer, like many others, were receiving personal mails from the Obama campaign (this writer is one of the tens of millions of people on the president's campaign email list). This writer received mails from President Obama; Michelle, his wife; President Clinton; VP Joe Biden; David Axelrod and Jim Messina from the Obama campaign; Rachel Haltom-Irwin, the National Get Out the Vote Director, Obama for America; Yohannes Abraham, Deputy National Political Director, Obama for America; Jen O'Malley Dillon, Deputy Campaign Manager, Obama for America; Rufus Gifford, National Finance Director, Obama for America; Marlon Marshall, Deputy National Field Director, Obama for America; Ann Marie Habershaw; Chief Operating Officer, Obama for America; Julianna Smoot, Deputy Campaign Manager, Obama for America; Jeremy Bird, National Field Director, Obama for America; Gillian Bergeron, Deputy GOTV Director, Obama for America; Mitch Stewart, Battleground States Director, Obama for America; Natalie Foster, New Media Director; David Plouffe; Julián Castro; Mayor, San Antonio; even Jay-Z, Beyonce Knowles, Kal Penn, Sandra Fluke wrote to Obama volunteers, at one time or the other, trying to energize them all.
One of the volunteers was Dr. Maya Angelou. Do you remember or know who she's? Maya Angelou (born Marguerite Ann Johnson; April 4, 1928) is an American author and poet. She has published six autobiographies, five books of essays, several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning more than fifty years. According to Wikipedia, she has received dozens of awards and over thirty honorary doctoral degrees. Angelou is best known for her series of autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969)", tells of her life up to the age of seventeen, and brought her international recognition and acclaim.
Maya Angelou wrote to fellow Obama volunteers and supporters trying to drum up support for Obama's re-election bid. And, she told us a pathetic story about how blacks were denied voting rights previously. This was her mail sent to this writer on Wednesday, October 24, 2012:
I am not writing to you as a black voter, or a woman voter, or as a voter who is over 70 years old and six feet tall. I am writing to you as a representative of this great country -- as an American.
It is your job to vote. It is your responsibility, your right, and your privilege. You may be pretty or plain, heavy or thin, gay or straight, poor or rich.
But remember this: In an election, every voice is equally powerful -- don't underestimate your vote. Voting is the great equalizer.
Voting has already begun in some states that President Obama needs to win. So please use this handy tool to make sure your friends in those key states know where to cast their ballot. You will be doing them a great favor.
As a country, we can scarcely perceive the magnitude of our progress.
My grandmother and my uncle experienced circumstances that would break your heart. When they went to vote, they were asked impossible questions like, "How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?" When they couldn't answer, they couldn't vote.
I once debated with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. about whether an African American would ever be elected president. He believed it would happen within the next 40 years at the time -- I believed it would never happen within my lifetime.
I have never been happier to have been proven wrong.
And since President Barack Obama's historic election, we've moved forward in courageous and beautiful ways. More students can afford college, and more families have access to affordable health insurance. Women have greater opportunities to get equal pay for equal work.
Yet as Rev. King wrote, "All progress is precarious."
So don't sit on the sidelines. Don't hesitate. Don't have any regrets. Vote.
Go, rise up, and let your friends and family in early vote states know where they can vote today. We must make our voices heard:
Your vote is not only important. It's imperative.
Dr. Maya Angelou"
When Obama was re-elected, Maya Angelou sent out this mail:
''I was grateful to see President Obama's victory speech. I was over the moon to see the audience. There were about 60 percent white voters the other 40 percent were African Americans, Asian, Spanish speaking etc. I wept at that spectacle, it told me that the pundits that continue in our country to try to polarize us, to keep us apart, are not succeeding. Americans are waking up not only to the truth, but the truth in each other. Hallelujah!''.........MAYO ANGELOU"
According to science, humans evolved from Africa and the continent was the cradle of civilization (suffice it to say that Africa was the cradle of humanity and early civilization). But along the line, one thing leading to another, Africans lost it all, and the people and the continent become the laughing stock of the world. It's good that a progeny of Africa in America is now the world's most powerful man and is ruling the world's most powerful country.
Naiwu Osahon, in his "from Slavery to the White House", wrote this excerpt:
"Our history did not start with slavery. We were alone in the world for 13 million years, including 80,000 years of the 100,000 years of Homo sapiens' existence. Our priestly jewels hitch hiked to planets 'Heaven' and 'Mars' once a while and regularly hosted alien icons up to the epoch of the Pyramids some 5000 years ago. Seven thousand years ago, we launched the human race into the merry ways of modern civilization. We invented religion and still hold the only key that unlocks the telephone links with the spirit world. "We created all the Gods of mankind and conceived the 'Virgin Birth' by Auset of Horus, being the first born and unique gem of the 'Eternal Source.' We dominated the earth spiritually, politically, militarily, intellectually and technologically, until our 2000 years ago invasion by the Caucasian kids we sired abroad and our 1500 years ago incursion by Arab kids, the products of Black and White liaison. Our errant Diaspora brood, thinking they are a different and superior race, called their ancestors, fools, pagans, animals with lower than the Chimpanzee IQ, and in 325 CE, fashioned a racist religious adaptation, founded on a fictional 'sodomy' curse, an act peculiarly their fort and notorious pre-occupation even now. "They grabbed Northern and Southern Africa simultaneously with two prong pogroms targeting our total elimination, to claim credit for our scholarship and exclusively usurp our God-given natural bequests. We have now checkmated apartheid but not the Arab genocidal wars ravaging Africa from the North down through to Darfur, to, as they smugly claim, dunk their action blueprint in the Atlantic Ocean in the South. "The West has destroyed the eco-system with reckless industrial pollution, causing disastrous climate change and drastically shortening the earth's life span. They unleashed two world wars in rapid succession and are busy right now fostering the third with endless instigations of pockets of religious, 'racial' and tribal skirmishes, through divide and rule tactics, and the bombing of terrorists they covertly nurtured, to gain turfs and control others fortunes, pretending righteousness. They revel in cutthroat capitalism and have introduced genetically engineered food stuff that ruin the organs, and needled this with HIV/AIDS infestations, to quicken the decimation of aborigine populations of the world, to feed their rapacious materialistic appetite, by keeping the world's natural resources all to themselves. "We lose sight of our oneness, our African essence, which makes us brothers and sisters, and to correct this, all Africans must return now to our spirituality, which is Ma'at, to confront our problems together as one unique people whose ancestors pioneered civilization and who are poised to take back the leadership of the world in every endeavour. We have achieved the first step from slavery to the White House with Obama's 'can do' challenge, the New World Order is next and requires your total loyalty. We cannot progress as a race or impact on the world of ideas without our native reference point of excellence, which is Ma'at. "We are taking back our leadership of the earth from where our illustrious ancestors were kicked off inelegantly some 2000 years ago, to repair and restore it to virtuous equilibrium for the benefit of all who dwell in it, Blacks and Whites, Jews and gentiles, animate and inanimate objects"
In 2016, America would become Obama-Clinton land. Why? The last democrat who won re-election before President Bill Clinton was Franklin Delano Roosevelt and that was in 1932 (when he won his first term election). For those who don't know who Roosevelt (1882 -1945) was, according to Wikipedia " FDR, as he was known, was the 32nd President of the United States (1933-1945) and a central figure in world events during the mid-20th century, leading the United States during a time of worldwide economic depression and total war. A Democrat and the only American president elected to more than two terms, he facilitated a durable coalition that realigned American politics for decades. With the bouncy popular song "Happy Days Are Here Again" as his campaign theme, FDR defeated incumbent Republican Herbert Hoover in November 1932, at the depth of the Great Depression. Energized by his personal victory over paralytic illness, FDR's unfailing optimism and activism contributed to a renewal of the national spirit. He worked closely with Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin in leading the Allies against Germany and Japan in World War II, but died just as victory was in sight".
Since 1945, the only democrat who won re-election was President Clinton and many see him as "the first black president". Despite the fact that he has white skin colour, Clinton behaves like a black man and he has aligned himself mostly to black people and cause. Today, President Clinton is loved and revered, he's a political institution and a king maker. President Obama is following his footstep. Today, Obama is the second democrat who won re-election after Franklin Roosevelt, Obama is well-liked, just like Clinton, and he would end up as successful as Clinton, and, would become a political institution likewise. The Democratic Party is now Clinton-Obama's Party and no democrat would win the presidency in future without the blessing and help of these two political machines, as long as they're alive. Al Gore ignored President Clinton and kept him at arm's length during the 2000 Presidential election and that turned out to be a political miscalculation and he (Al Gore) paid dearly for that political mistake. Where's him today? He has faded, because, he failed to enlist the support of the political oracle, President Clinton, then. With this re-election, President Obama has carved out a niche for himself in American history and no blessing is greater than that!
Now, let's continue thanking President Obama for:
For 1.1 million jobs created in 2010 alone, more than the entire 8 years of George W. Bush:
For the love of people:
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet members of Maude Smith's family at her home in New Orleans, La., Aug. 29, 2010. The President and First Lady were visiting New Orleans to mark the five-year anniversary of hurricane Katrina. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama greets workers during a shift change at V&M Star, a manufacturer of steel products, in Youngstown, Ohio, May 18, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
For the love of family:
President Barack Obama embraces First Lady Michelle Obama as they wait to speak at a rally on the campus of Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, Oct 17, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama wait in the Map Room of the White House, before welcoming President Felipe Calder-n of Mexico and his wife, Mrs. Margarita Zavala, on the South Lawn of the White House, May 19, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama sits with daughter Sasha during a barbecue with family and friends in celebration of his 49th birthday on the South Lawn of the White House, Aug. 8, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
For America's First Lady:
First Lady Michelle Obama greets children at Children's Place in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, April 13, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)
First Lady Michelle Obama greets children during her visit to a school, Escuela Siete de Enero, in Mexico City, Mexico, April 14, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)
Here are 25 reasons 25 people (such as President Clinton, VP Joe Biden, Colin Powell, Mayor Bloomberg, Jay Z etc) gave why they would vote for Obama prior to the election:
1. "The Affordable Care Act is saving my daughter's life."
2. "Obama is for the vets. He helped us wind down in Iraq; he's improved mental health policy with VA benefits."
3. "Obama stuck his neck out for us, the auto industry. He wasn't going to let it just die, and I'm driving in this morning because of that, because of him."
4. "Osama bin Laden is dead, and General Motors is alive."
Joe Biden, Delaware
5. "Supreme Court Supreme Court Supreme Court."
Bill Clinton, New York
7. "He cares for the 100 percent."
8. "When Obama came into office, he successfully renewed our country's place in the community of nations, making cooperation in tackling the world's challenges possible."
Willis, North Carolina
9. "The actions he has taken with respect to protecting us from terrorism have been very, very solid."
Colin Powell, Virginia
10. "I was really very grateful to him for standing up for those kids who are having a really rough time out there because of their orientation."
Jane Lynch, California
11. "For me, President Obama is our best choice because he has a vision of the United States as a place where we are all in this together."
Bruce Springsteen, New Jersey
12. "He has a real plan for rescuing the economy that passes the 'math' test."
13. "Having someone in office who understands how powerful our voice can be is very important."
Jay Z, New York
14. "I am voting for Barack Obama and Joe Biden because I can trust them to care for the middle class and restore the American dream."
15. "The first measure he signed into law after becoming president was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act -- so a female high school counselor or physical education teacher can fight for equal pay for equal work."
Connie Britton, California
16. "I believe in the America he wants for my grandchildren."
17. "We need four more years of repair, of helping the middle class achieve a sustainable economy."
James Taylor, North Carolina
18. "I've watched him fight for our country, stand by the middle class, the working class, the military, the education of our children, universal health care, women, the environment, and matters of national and domestic security."
19. "The gifted 12-year-old I taught, whose parents were deported and left her here with her grandmother, will be allowed to stay and finish her education. She's been in the U.S. since age one."
Jamie, North Carolina
20. "I want our president to place scientific evidence and risk management above electoral politics."
Michael Bloomberg, New York
21. "I have four children who are under 26 and able to stay on my health care plan. That's been huge."
22. "He's fighting to defend and better Social Security and Medicare -- because millions of Latino seniors rely on them."
Cristina Saralegui, Florida
23. "Thanks to the President's efforts to keep student loan rates low, I can expect to save nearly $1000 as I work to repay my student loans. And I don't have too many of those, thanks to the Federal Pell Grant program."
24. "It's been wonderful to have President Obama as a champion for access to health care for all women in this country."
Cecile Richards, New York
25. "Re-electing Barack Obama would lead to a stronger economic recovery than would be the case were Mitt Romney to win on November 6th."
Jared Bernstein, Washington, D.C.
(Courtesy: Obama for America)
THE THANX IS ALL YOURS!!!
Continued from Part 2
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