Today Obama’s Victory Speech made me jealous of the Americans! We need a leader who can say this too!!! (change some nouns as applicable)
“If there is anyone out there who still …. questions the power of … democracy, tonight is your answer … It’s the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled – Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been a collection of … States: we are, and always will be, the United States of America.”
“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, it’s 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.
Let us resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long. Let us remember that it was a man from this state who first carried the banner of the Republican Party to the White House – a party founded on the values of self-reliance, individual liberty, and national unity. Those are values we all share, and while the Democratic Party has won a great victory tonight, we do so with a measure of humility and determination to heal the divides that have held back our progress. As Lincoln said to a nation far more divided than ours, “We are not enemies, but friends…though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection.” And to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn – I may not have won your vote, but I hear your voices, I need your help, and I will be your President too.”
I watched this on a full bladder, waiting for an ultra sound scan, delaying because I didn’t want to miss a single democratic syllable. If I was not in a Hospital waiting room, I would have written three (or more) jubilant posts to share my mad joy at the victory of all that Obama stands for 🙂 [And that has to be another post :)]
Yes I know he is not OUR leader, and this is not happening here in India. That is why I am so jealous.
If you missed it, if you don’t see why I should feel the way I do, watch him speak.