Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Open Letter to Obama

I got all choked up and teary-eyed when the election results came in today and Barack Obama had won. I really wish him all the best, especially as he takes over the reins at a particularly difficult time in US history with uncertainty if not meltdown in the financial markets and environmental catastrophe imminent.

I'm sure we all have our own particular prayers for the new president. Novelist Alice Walker writes him an open letter in The Root, full of good advice.

Hmm what else should we tell him?

Update :

Maya Angelou's reaction.

(Thanks Melissa for sending me the link.)

16 comments:

GUO SHAO-HUA said...

i'm too concerned about our local political scene to care about Obama and whatever.

bibliobibuli said...

it's actually quite a nice change to get caught up in someone else's politics ...

damyantiwrites said...

The election of an American President has far-reaching effects all over the world. Though I liked McCain in the beginning, he turned into an irate, negative old man during his campaign.

Obama has taken the pressure very well, and I only hope he will continue to do well under a lot more pressure.

X said...

McCain has always been an irate, negative old man (that is when he's not looking somewhat lost.)

GUO SHAO-HUA said...

"The election of an American President has far-reaching effects all over the world. "

that is absolutely correct. but the whole election has become a carnival-like spectacle worthy of a High School Musical 4.

bibliobibuli said...

oh yes. the whole election process is a big expensive carnival.

X said...

Politics is a big expensive carnival.

Anonymous said...

mccain is a good man.

bibliobibuli said...

his speech yesterday was most gracious. i was impressed by that.

X said...

Anonymous -

I don't think you can judge a person by one speech. You haven't seen him looking lost or flaring up at trifles yet. The speech was probably written for him by a speechwriter :)

Anonymous said...

i judge him according to what he has done from his country.Yes,he is old but filled with honesty and honour.yes,A good man.do a bit of research about his life, you will understand why i call him a good man.

p.s,X, the same thing could be said about obama too.it's a two way street in life.

do you really understand what a 'good man' is?

bibliobibuli said...

anon at 10.40 - x lurks on my blog winding everyone up which he sees as his duty in life. just tread round him.

i really hope things go well for obama. (true what you say about mccain too.)

but obama represents something much bigger than the US presidency. example - here in malaysia our PM was asked immediately the result was in "can some one from one of the minority races ever become prime minister" and had to answer "of course".

never forget that all out lives are affected by whoever gets elected to the white house, yet unfortunately we don't get to vote!

X said...

Well it took them 320+ years to elect a minority.

The nature of "good" is open to discussion. I'll have to ask a philosopher about this.

Our lives are affected by a random butterfly fluttering halfway around the world. It remains to be seen if that has a bigger effect on our lives than the presidency.

X said...

Actually I find it interesting that people always take offnce with me. Damyanti writes that he was an irate and negative old man, and no one's offended. I question someone's interpretation of "good"... :)

LOL.. I'd love to have a British reporter actually ask the prime minister whether a minority will ever be elected :)

Damyanti said...

No one has taken offence at what I said because I said McCain has become "irate and negative" in the course of the campaign...and not objected to him being called "good". A man can be "irate and negative", which makes him merely less likeable, but not necessarily bad.

I don't find McCain a bad man either, based on what little I know of him. He just looked less measured than Obama....is all I said:)

And X, you are a naturally controversial person :)(at least in your virtual incarnation), so I guess you should be happy people take offence!

When I was younger, I aspired to be controversial for the sake of it, and though I have grown out of that long ago,I miss it sometimes ;). I never succeeded, either :(.

X said...

So a man can be irate and negative and still be a good person?