“If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.” - Barack Obama
The racial barrier has been swept away: the 44th President of the United Stated of America will the first black man who will enter the Oval Office as the President.
Seen by the humble eyes of a stranger as I am, it seems the last victory, a highly symbolic victory of freedom in a relatively new nation whose history has unfortunately been stained by many racist acts and decades of bloody fights to establish a situation of freedom and justice. For all. For a situation which, at my eyes, should just be called democracy or normality.
Many newspapers are reporting extracts of the speech of Mr. Obama and I opened the blog with one of the phrases I liked most, because it contains and synthesized the hope and the trust in democracy, which was what I had lost after almost a decade with Mr. Bush in the Oval Office.
Congratulations, Mr. Obama, and have luck. You made history and will enter the White House in one of the most difficult periods in the North American history that I can remember since I'm alive. A probably prolonged and very difficult economic recession is waiting for you. People who trust you will be waiting for the change you promised. And the weariness and the disenchantment produced by two wars, left as a heavy legacy by the George Bush administration, will be waiting for you to ease.
You said "That's the genius of America - that it can change." And it's true. So, good luck Mr. Obama, and thank you America: you could and you did the change. I hope that now America will have much more credit, and it deserves it. Reading the international press, I think the mood of the world has already changed. Mine, has. And I really feel confident that this time, the great problems of the world such as economy, environment, the Middle East question, do really have a chance to be solved.