It’s been an incredible week for the world. Barack Obama has become the most powerful man in the world.
I am immensely happy with the decision of my neighbours to the South. And yet, at the same time, I feel very sorry for Mister Obama.
In what is surely the most brilliant campaign in the history of American Politics, this well-spoken Hawaiian-born gentleman might have backed himself into a corner, trapped by the expectations of not just his country, but the world.
I don’t like being pessimistic about anything. I consider myself an optimistic realist. But the last while in American politics has been fraught with odd decisions (to say the least). Seemingly run like the Old West, the republicans have made quite the mess. This is not to say that previous installments of Democrats did any better, mind you. The point is that Obama has a monumental task ahead of him, and it certainly won’t be made easy by his use of one of his greatest campaign assets: accessibility. It’s tough to do your job when everyone will be watching you, waiting for you to make a mistake so that they might jump all over you.
I’m not going to write too much more about Mister Obama. There are lots and lots of articles in every medium, far more eloquent than anything in my repertoire. I just want to say that Americans have changed the world. I believe it is for the better.
Please, please, please, America, don’t just step away from this man, after you’ve raised him onto a pedestal. He’s invited you to participate. The key word in the slogan Yes We Can is surely the word We. He’s invited you to bring change. He’s invited you to work together and make your country strong again. Strong in the right way.
Maybe if you do what he has so politely asked of you, our own citizens up here realize that change can be a good thing. Maybe you will inspire Canadians to take more than just a passing interest in how their country is run. Perhaps you can show us that we have the ability to move ourselves out of this rut, and possess more power than we could ever possibly imagine.
I live in a country where more people paid more attention to another country’s election than participated in its own. I admit that I feel somewhat jealous that you have such a passionate, inspiring and ultimately interesting person to lead you. I don’t know if we have to wait patiently for someone like that up here. Or maybe, if we were more passionate ourselves, it would create the right environment for someone as great as your leader to step forward and bring our country out of political mediocrity.