After much struggle and an exhausting campaign, met what seemed an impossibility in a country whose history has been marked by humiliating black people to unhealthy extremes. Which shows us that something important is happening. At last we began to move and this is a big step forward by our neighbors across the pond. The truth is that I feel happy. Happy because I think I need that change, because I see that new generations are betting against other values beyond the purely patriotic pride and gratuitous violence. So much for claims of wanting to be the kings of the world out of terrorizing others. Today is a great day for the American people. I hope that the arrival of this new president really mean a radical change in thought and heart of all American citizens. I’m sure Martin Luther King would be proud of this victory. At least today we can say that such struggle was not in vain. “To those, to those who would overthrow the world: we are going to win. To those who seek peace and security: we support you. And those who wonder if the U.S. lighthouse still light so strongly,” Tonight we proved once again the strength of our nation should be authenticated not the power of our weapons or the scale of our wealth but of the enduring power of our ideals of democracy, freedom, opportunity and hope strong. There is the true genius United States: that America can change. Our union can be perfected. What we have already achieved gives us hope for what we can and must achieve tomorrow. (Excerpt from Barack Obama’s speech after proclaiming victory in U.S. elections. UU) I really hope so desired change occurs. Incidentally, the bell has been super curved and has been amazing all that has been done at propaganda in recent months.
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama (Hardcover – Jan 9, 2007)