Thursday, 22 January 2009


At his desk: 9am on his first day in office
and the president was already hard at work
This week Barack Hussein Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States of America, probably the most popular incoming holder of that office ever. Obama’s public persona is relaxed but firm , humane and decisive and his language skills ensure inspiring oratory. At the Inauguration ceremony he spoke almost mundanely about the great challenges facing America, the poetry of the campaign trail has already, it seems given way to the prose of leadership. There is such a wellspring of hope and expectation for the new president amongst not just Americans but from the world community , that it’s unlikely any one man could fulfil them all. That expectation is well expressed in this little adage I came across…~GOSh.~
Rosa* sat
so Martin+ could walk,
Martin walked
so Obama could run
and Obama ran...
so our children can fly
*Rosa Parks, the lady who by refusing to give up her bus seat to make room for a white passenger in 1955, became an important symbol of the modern Civil Rights Movement
+Martin Luther King

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