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A Historic Occasion

Tomorrow Barack Obama will become the first black American President, a celebration for African Americans, for diversity advocates and for 21st Century societies in general.

There are plenty of examples of things that are not going so well these days … the economy, the fighting in Afghanistan Iraq and Gaza, the bus strike in Ottawa, the corporate greed of some CEOs, the greed and small minded attitude of some unions … people are ready for some good news!

I am excited, and yet apprehensive, about this event. The expectations of this man are enormous … and yet he has achieved so much just to get to this position. How can any one man be the saviour of a world beset by so many problems? I fear that our high expectations for Barack will mean he has no chance of success … and I hope I am wrong!

Fear and anxiety apart, tomorrow marks a new day for this world of ours. A historic and joyous occasion that we will tell our grandchildren about. That it will be held one day after Martin Luther King day in the US is a nice touch, and maybe Barack will be allowed to reach is dream … maybe he already has!

Whatever this man achieves from here he has give us a historic day to remember and he has already achieved much … I wish him every success and applaud his accomplishments to date.

I will try very hard not to be sceptical when things go wrong, as they surely will, and I will try to remember to give this man all of my support … because just maybe this man has a chance of achieving even greater things, and that would be good for us all!

Good luck Obama the world wants you to succeed.

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