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Senator Barack Obama’s has engaged America like no other presidential candidate before him to live up to its ideals that “all men are created equal.” That statement may seem out of place because some may say and indeed, some have said, the fact that Obama, an African American, is the presumptive nominee of a major party has answered the question about the equality of all men in America. But has it? Obama has done a superb job of focusing his message on the issues and directing his campaign in a dignified manner, away from racial or negative politics, but race is so embedded in the fabric of the American culture that it seems impossible to get beyond the racial dynamic.
His nine-day world tour have certainly energized those who want to see the country return to its rightful place as the leader of the free world and a beacon of hope. The reception Obama received during his whirlwind tour has highlighted the need for change and solidified the call for a new direction at home and abroad. The warm welcome he received seemed like a breath of fresh air to Europe after seven year of hostility and arrogance from the Bush administration. According to Obama, “If I was bumbling and fumbling through this thing, I would have been criticized.” And he also said, that it should not be held against him if over 200,000 people came out to see him in Berlin.
Obama seems to be genuinely baffled by some of the negative comments that have been used about his recent overseas trip. Senator John McCain recently made an overseas trip but it was quiet, and there were no cheering crowds to greet him. His closeness to the current administration and its policies that are anathemic overseas could very well be the reason. However, it shows how desperate the Republicans are; they are not “for” anything (as in offering solutions except ‘staying the course’ in Iraq). The Republicans are “against” any and every thing Obama offers as solutions to the nation’s problems, which incidentally are of the makings of the GOP.
The economy is still reeling out of shape, the deficit growing by leaps and bounds; housing foreclosure is still running amok; almost 50 million Americans still do not have health insurance; wars are still raging in Iraq and Afghanistan and Americans soldiers, Iraqi and Afghan civilians are still dying. Instead of offering solutions, McCain and his surrogates are talking about staying in Iraq possibly beyond 16 months. They have no clue about handling the economy (McCain has already stated that he does not know anything about economics but he does know how to win a war); they are promoting offshore drilling instead of looking for new sources of energy and they do not even mention healthcare. The country needs new leadership not an older version of President Bush.
The road to the White House is full of distractions and is filled with bumps along the way. It is Obama’s job to navigate the pathway to arrive safely at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.