The past decade has had its fair share of events which marked a significant milestone in our lives. From the Economic Recession of 2008 that led to job loss, foreclosure and bankruptcy, to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in September 2001, and the devastating tsunami off the Indonesian coast of Sumatra in December 2004. However, I believe that none of these events will have a great impact on future developments as much as the election of the 44th president of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama.
Barack Obama based his election campaign based on one mantra – Change We Can Believe In! Unlike any election before it, this one managed to unite everyone by echoing the sentiment of change to every corner of the world thereby evoking strong emotions that indeed we can change the world we live in. It made us all optimistic about the future. Not surprising, the US election of 2008 became one of the most followed events of our time.
Obama’s journey to the White House is the epitome of determination, sacrifice and hope for all people regardless of their race or background. Being the first African American elected president of the US, Obama proved to the world that America is indeed a country of endless opportunities. His election as president united the country, bringing about the healing process that America needed badly following centuries of oppression and racial discrimination.
Never before have we witnessed an event hold such significant impact on the future of a country and the world at large as the 2008 US election. It has opened new opportunities for the minorities, created hope for the oppressed, united the world in a quest for positive change, and dispelled widely held beliefs that America is a white man’s country. Obama coined a creed which summarizes the spirit of a nation: ‘Yes We Can.’ The future holds endless opportunities for us if we only dare to dream and work toward fulfilling that dream. Then, with God, nothing is impossible.