Enter President-Elect Barack Obama
After history was made on Tuesday, 4 November, 2008, there was a stirring speech at Grant Park in Chicago that heralded the new direction that America choose at a time when about ninety percent of the people thought the country, traditionally the most optimistic one in the world, was headed in the wrong direction. The celebrations around the globe and in this country were spectacular, and expressed the hopeful anticipation of what President-Elect Barack Obama would deliver to the world – a new dawn, a new hope, a new dream, a new solution. If there is one word that will embody the Obama Presidency, it will be “restoration.”
President-Elect Barack Obama faces the opportunity to begin to restore America’s greatness at home and abroad – to restore the “consent of the governed,” the “government of the people, by the people, and for the people,” the Bill of Rights, the concern for human rights, the peace, the security, and the global awareness and leadership that were eroded for almost a decade. The President-Elect receives his power at a time of unprecedented peril and many threats, but also a time to take opportunities to restore and rebuild what made America the Promised Land of so many, and the pride and joy of its citizens, whose help he will need greatly. Now begins the great endeavor.