November 4th 2008 – A historical day
“I was never the likeliest candidate for this office. We didnt start with much money or many endorsements. Our campaign was not hatched in the halls of Washington – it began in the backyards of Des Moines and the living rooms of Concord and the front porches of Charleston.“
It seems that I’m lucky enough to live in an era of extreme events. Lately it seemed to me that the world had more eyes and ears for the climate change and it’s negative effects and the financial crisis. And while our world is facing great challenges and threats, days like today show that mankind can achieve the sometimes unimaginable.
Today is a the first day in a new age for America, with President Obama to lead the country that is mainly responsible for so many of the problems (and great things) in the world. By beating the Bradley effect he is the first black president in this conservative country (yes, America is a conservative country). This means hope and that is exactly what the Americans need nowadays as they are suffering one of the worst economic crisis in the last century. Obama will have to change the way America is operating as a leader in the world. Internally Americans always are very strong for their democracy, not to say how true that is, but it will be essential for America to also act on this in their international relationships.
A very hard time to become the president of America
“For even as we celebrate tonight, we know the challenges that tomorrow will bring are the greatest of our lifetime – two wars, a planet in peril, the worst financial crisis in a century.”
I think this presidency is one of the hardest any American president has faced. Of course President Roosevelt had to solve a World War, but now President Obama has to solve a problem that is changed the forces of nature itself. And the cause is of course from human origin and huge investments need to be done to make the world a lot greener and more balanced. That’s why this presidency will be extremely hard, because America needs to invest while their financial burdens and costs of finance have never been so high.
America needs to unite and endure the hardship as a nation
“So let us summon a new spirit of patriotism; of service and responsibility where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves, but each other. Let us remember that if this financial crisis taught us anything, its that we cannot have a thriving Wall Street while Main Street suffers – in this country, we rise or fall as one nation; as one people.”
The coming 4 years might just be enough to see the financial sector gain the necessary trust back. That’s why it’s such a relief that Obama has been addressing these issues firmly during his campaign. I believe that he truly understands that he has to reform America’s way of energy consumption. Hopefully he can urge American companies to invest in R&D again, they used have the biggest R&D budgets. I truly believe that once America puts their head to it, they can overtake Europe and Japan in green technology. And I believe they will, they will take their financial pains fast and hard, while Europe will take it slowly but long. In such doing Americans will need a leader that can unite the whole country in order for America as a whole overcome the challenges faster.
Will he continue as the Web 2.0 president?
“But above all, I will never forget who this victory truly belongs to – it belongs to you!“
I’m quite sure the campaign managers of Obama have shown their great understanding of the long tail in politics (more examples of long tail), because the amounts of campaign contributions they’ve been able to get are enormous. Obama alone achieved to get more contributions than Hillary and McCain together. I heard that he really is really twittering and he has about 4 times more friends on Myspace and Facebook than McCain. Through the web he has been able to reach millions of young people and people who did not go voting in 2004. With that he turned more than 10 states that were voting for Bush in 2004, just compare the situation in 2004 and the results of today.
“But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face. I will listen to you, especially when we disagree.”
But like any president he will also have to do things he didn’t promise and not do things that he did promise, that’s the fate of any president or political party that are in the government. But I just hope that he will continue to use the internet to listen to the voice of normal Americans. In the dark days ahead his messages on the internet can stimulate, convince and provide understanding. Whether he will keep his election promises, time will have to tell. I just hope that he will keep on using the internet to stay in touch with the people that have been touched by him.
Click here to find the full speech of Mr. Obama in video and text.