yes i heard.
very impressive and sincere in his words. Barack Obama was clearly affraid to speak out. 2 minutes in to the speech i thought oh deeah ! he is giving champagne,
words that people want to hear.
My fellow citizens, thank you for making me your president, here is some champagne, now go home and sleep, i'll wake you up after 4 years. He took 18 minutes to say that. He did it in style.
As an outsider what did i expect ?
not a word.
offer transparency to the people.
Make democracy work. Not a word about that eeder.
He is not aware that democracy was crushed to death years ago in the US. Closest he came to mentioning the dead democracy was with this statement.
"......On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the
petty grievances and false promises, the
recriminations and worn-out dogmas that for far too
long have strangled our politics."
No, democracy did not bounce back on Nov 4th 2008. People were so frustrated that they would have elected a donkey to power. But we have Obama.
Obama was not possible in 2004
and will not be possible in 2012.
Obama happened by chance in 2008.
Any hope to make the democracy work ?
Yes there is.
Obama can do it.
and he can come back in 2012.
and lead the world by exmple.
You have the best.
Best brains in the world. Science medicine and technology, best in philosophy and journalism, art music literature and entertainment.
26 nobel prize winners from 2000 - 2004. yes i counted. Highest for any country.
These best brains allowed the country to be taken for
a ride by a few criminals. Were they sleeping ?
No, democracy was not working. their voices were not loud enough. and they fell on deaf ears. Media was not on their side. Media supported the criminals.
Now Obama can change all that, offer transparency in administration. He can allow the Citizens to participate in running the government. consult the
best brains on major issues.
He made good use of the internet for his election campaign. Now he can use the internet to revive the democracy and show the world.
He can have web site for direct opinion polls on major issues. Direct, not through agencies which are not always reliable.
Have discussion forums on various issues. He can have a full fledged establishment processing all the views of the people instead of wasting money on CIA, supporting crimes against humanity.
Stop terrorising, bullying, political and economic arm twisting of the small and poor countries. Not a word about that in his speech.
"....... know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy".
i think he very badly needs a crash course on American history.
i would have called him an honest man if he had said,
"we are 5% of world population but our contribution to the environmental damage is 30%". Now lets rectify.. ???
All he can say is
".......nor can we consume the world's resources
without regard to effect. For the world has changed,
and we must change with it"
To change, He has time till December 2009 for the next Kyoto Protocol.
"......we'll work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat and roll back the specter of a warming planet"
He says lessen. Does not say eradicate. Good start anyway.
He chose to remain silent on Human rights, perhaps he doesn't like jokes.
..."To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds"
But at what cost ?. He doesn't say a word about globalisation.
He did not waste any time blaming the previous government. That was wise. No point in doing that.
Perhaps there were speech writers behind it, but they cannot bring an honest and sincere tone which Obama brought convincingly.
He means business.
There is no guarentee that he will not invade Iran, Trinidad or Fiji. Hope he does not repeat the blunders.
He brings hope and dignity back to the White house.
Good luck Mistah ! I wish you well.