USA's 44th President

So, congratulations to USA for on 20th January 2009, the world saw the inauguration of their 44th President - Mr. Barack Obama.

A significant event for many, he is the first black (mixed) president in the US history. Note that when I mentioned the word "black", it doesn't contain any racist intent or whatsoever. Instead I just want to stress that the world is seeing a significant change of mindset especially in the US where they are able to push aside racial differences and come together to elect a president. This is a very admirable in terms that the US is the center of attention of the world and their ability to do so will certainly become the motivation and role model for other people in different countries the world to emulate.

Although this is just the pinnacle of the journey for Mr. Obama's presidency, the expectations are running high and feverish seeing that the world is expecting a depression worse than anyone can imagine in decades. Personally I don't think he is able to create any miracle in just a short time (to get things right), but given time he may be able to change things bit by bit. In times like this, optimism is a better choice than self deceit or finding faults of others. We'll see what he can do as time passes....

During his inauguration speech, a part of it really captured my attention. Below is the transcript of his speech :

"To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict or blame their society's ills on the West, know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history, but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist."

This excerpt truly is splendid in context. Very short and compact, yet very meaningful and accurate. Although he did not pinpoint any specific country, but give a little thought and I believe you will get on the same page as I am. *winks*

As the world gets more and more populated (maybe we could say "over"), so is the diversity of the people. Every country is diverse in culture and beliefs and the difference between a country's success also depends on how the people are able to live together,developing the country. A country will only be able to brave through adversities that lies ahead by not just changing the economic policies or law enforcements, but also social mindsets. As children of Earth, we are born as humans and nothing should stand in the way to differentiate us from other human beings. Only when a nation is able to stand together, tall and proud proving that they are able to put aside their social differences and walk through the passage of time as "a country" rather than "a race", then they are really to able to carve a glorious page in the books of history of their own.

As mentioned earlier, the people of USA showed the world that they are able to change their mindset as a nation and that is just a start. The hope is that it will inspire other countries to see things differently from now on as it has already been proven beyond doubt that advancement doesn't only come in the form of technologies or knowledge, but also the people's ability to accept others as a part of their own, or what we commonly term as -- Equality. The past serves as lessons that the mistakes should not be repeated and appreciation of our forefathers' achievements. Yet when the need to change is unavoidable, collective and rational consideration should be gathered so that the people do not fall behind others just for the sake of preserving the past, but in the end running in the face of reality, deceiving ownselves and just crumble in the face of never-ending changes.

Rules and laws are only as good when they are needed and able to live up to the function of protecting the people. However when these laws become outdated and even obstructing the progress of a nation, acts of clinging to it just for the benefit of a certain portion of the people will in the end harm the overall welfare of the country. To achieve greatness, the people of a country will have to unify in ideology and mentality, and to do so everyone must be EQUAL. No more, no less. Until this fact is truly being understood and carried out, there is no hope to stand as tall as any other nations, even more impossible to become a leader of leaders. The proofs are just across the sea, look at them and learn something from them.

Bottom line is, choose to deceive to your heart's intent because the world shall witness your act which will go down in the history books as the most humiliating act which will cancel out all that is built from scratch in front of your eyes, today.

"Know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy"

*winks* (:


Below are the 2-part speech of Mr. Barack Obama during his inauguration :-

Part 1

Part 2


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