This blog entry may cause people to stop following this blog. It may also mean I get some rather angry comments but I need to write it. This is not an unbaised post.
Barack Obama has been one of the biggest inspirations to me, ever. I admire him and feel that he has been given the rough end of what may appear to some as a very good deal: President of the United States of America.
How many people think that is an amazing job? I’m sure it is but it’s accompanied by many, many pitfalls. Not to mention the amount of strength, courage, time and effort it takes to get there.
Barack Hussein Obama (yes, that is his middle name, and no, he’s not a Muslim) was born in Hawaii (yes, he truly is American). He has had a varied life, living in Indonesia for some of his childhood. Barack is a lawyer, a community organiser and an author – among many other things.
He is an idealist and I admire that. On 20th January, 2009, he was inaugurated as 44th President of the USA. On that day, 55 years, one month and 19 days since Rosa Parks had refused to give up her seat for a white person on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, a black man became President. With Obama’s inauguration, people felt hope, optimism, self-worth and inspired. His election, to me, sounded a silent tribute not only to Rosa Parks but also Dr Martin Luther King, James Meredith, JFK, Robert Kennedy and so many more who campaigned for African-American Civil Rights in the 1960s. For people who gave their live to this cause, this was their dream come true.
For anyone who told you “You can’t do xxx”, “You’ll never be xxx” or “You don’t fit in”, this was a big fat “Yes we can!”. Barack Obama might have been told he wasn’t the “right colour” to become President. He may have been told his background wasn’t conventional enough. Barack Obama may have been regarded as “too left” or inexperienced but he didn’t let peoples’ small-mindedness stop him. Neither should you.
After becoming President, Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples”. I don’t see Mitt Romney being rewarded this prize anytime soon.
Obama wants to legalise same-sex marriage – the first incumbent President to publicly support this. He is pro-choice, supports the repealing of “Don’t ask, don’t tell” in the US Military, he ended US military involvement in Iraq and introduced a health care reform to ensure everyone in the US had affordable health care. Obama signed an arms control treaty with Russia.
Mitt Romney would like to increase fracking across the US and has pledged to repeal ‘Obamacare’. If it were up to Mitt Romney, US military personnel would still be in Iraq, with no end in sight. He is also against same-sex marriages and is pro-life. He would also like to limit the growth of entitlement programmes. So, if you’re not wealthy and self-sufficient: Mitt Romney isn’t interested in you. Although he does, allegedly, wear some interesting underwear.
Barack Obama has had a very large mountain to climb following his inauguration mainly due to the inadequacies of the previous Republican administration. George W. Bush started wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that Obama has had to deal with. Bush was unable to find Osama Bin Laden. He presided over one of the worst financial crises in decades, it has been left to Obama to try to help those left without jobs, healthcare and homes. He has had to battle against a Republican majority in the House of Representatives, and battle he has.
Vote for Barack Obama and give America a chance to move forwards.