Posted by: cherrylaurel | January 23, 2009

President Barack Obama

Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions – who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans.  Their memories are short.  For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.                                 — U.S. President Barack Obama

Now is the worst time for a black man to be the President of U.S., the used to be richest country in the whole world. Some might say he made history by fulfilling Martin Luther’s King’s dream but some said, he saved America from “the clueless on how to run the economy,” President George W. Bush. The Guantanamo Bay controversy on the rise, the Gaza war, cleaning up US troops in Iraq and racism are just some of what is on President Obama’s menu … but his real biggest challenge is facing the global financial crisis.

On his first day in office, promised swift action on the beleaguered economy. House Democrats, at Obama’s urging, have signed an $825 billion economic recovery package that the president says will save or create up to 4 million jobs and invest in health care, energy and education. He has signed orders to close the Guantanamo Bay detention centre, review military trials of terror suspects and ban the harshest interrogation methods.

Some says Obama is a Socialist, meaning he is in favor of the “redistribution of wealth.” It is like this, if you are a rich guy, then the government will tax you more than an average person (in short, somebody poor!) and the money will be used for financing the healthcare of those people who cannot afford it. A simple Robinhood drama if you ask me. But then again, welfare for the poor could be a threat to the freedom of the productive class to keep its money.

I am not an American but it was such a delight to witness history unfolding on Obama’s inauguration. His Presidency is a symbol of hope to those who thought it was impossible.

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  1. Obama is smart on so many levels for ordering the closure of Guantanamo. It has been a long time coming

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