it is official. barack obama will be carrying upon his lanky shoulders the hopes of the democrats in the upcoming presidential elections. not too long ago a scenario like this was highly improbable – a black man and a white woman on the front and in the spotlight going at each other (unless we are talking a twisted variation of shakespeare’s simlilarly improbable portrayals of othello and desdemona).
then again it would come as no surprise that obama clinched the nomination. after all, his heritage and his professed beliefs placed him at an advantageous position. here is a man who might well be the unifying force for a country that has never in history been so divided. he is neither purely black nor white, a product of a mixed union. he appears to transcend the ridiculous quagmire that the once-great system of bi-partisan politics have descended into.
in his auto-biography ‘the audacity of hope’, he affirms his affiliation to the democratic party and its fundamental principles, yet at the same time expressing the desire to work with, not against, the republicans towards the betterment of american society. he is contesting at a time when americans, tired of the war in iraq, are looking for change – pretty much the single word that has come to characterise his campaign. he seems different, not the aloof egomaniac that politicians too often are. rather, his ability to rally at the grassroots level is a direct result of his sincerity and his willingness to listen to the people.
yet it always takes that leap of faith to invest one’s trust in a politician. after all, politics is more often than not the sum of promises made but not delivered. in his own words, obama admits that he sees why that is the case – for many of his colleagues and forebears, once overwhelmed by the trappings of office and the impasse that is the political process, lose the initial fire that spurred them to run in the first place.
the question that is on the minds of the democratic demographic now is: “will clinton be offered, and if so will she accept, the place beside obama as his running mate? if she does then the democratic camp will be fielding what could possibly be the strongest one-two in recent history. both of them obviously have widespread appeal among the people, especially among the minorities. the fact that clinton is an ‘establishment figure’, well connected in the upper echelons of american society, might prove to be a crucial factor against the impressive resources of the republicans. whether such an alliances will materialise is left to be seen, though it would appear to be the logical progression.
the world awaits.
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