Skip to comments.We can do it (Yemeni Muslims for Obama)
Posted on 01/12/2008 5:35:21 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Following the primary elections in Iowa and New Hampshire with some Yemeni friends, we became so excited that we stayed up through the night until 8 am the next morning following the updated results projected by CNN.
All of us supported Senator Obamas candidacy for different reasons. Some of us, including myself, were attracted to Obama for his marvelous charisma and leadership skills crowned by his outstanding speaking skills. Some others supported him because they dont believe in the ability of women to lead or rule a nation. However, what was more important was the message of his campaign and his desire for visualizing real changes to American policies to match with the clear change in American public opinion.
We were astonished when we realized the earthquake triggered by Obama in American politics. No one had imagined that the young Obama, son of an African-Muslim, would be able to compete with Hillary Clinton, financially supported by the drug companies and other giant US businessmen. Although he captured 37 percent of the Democratic vote compared to Hillarys 39 percent in New Hampshire, a stronghold for Hillary, we all considered this result a great victory for Obama and for the American people. It is also clear that there is something big happening in the United States.
The question is whether the American people really want change. If so, they need a true leader, not a person led or dictated to by his/her team of experts.
Thus, lets just compare the speeches between Clinton and Obama. Obama came out with a full worded address just minutes after the results were projected. His speech We can do it changed his defeat into a victory. Obama appeared and expressed himself like a tough leader rallying his supporters. He was bold and never shaken in his shoes. In contrast, the victorious Clinton came out with a prepared speech dictated by her team, making sure she would not forget a word or a phrase of the written oratory.
Lets quote Obama and find out the leadership language he used by heart. A few weeks ago, no one imagined that wed have accomplished what we did here tonight. For most of this campaign, we were far behind, and we always knew our climb would be steep. With strongly voiced words Obama announced a lasting victory on his path to the White House, giving his supporters in New Hampshire and in the other states the hope of winning the election.
Not only this, his second sentence was stronger and full of solid facts. But in record numbers, you came out and spoke up for change. And with your voices and your votes, you made it clear that at this moment in this election - there is something happening in America. As all analysts, journalists and observers confirmed the record turnout in New Hampshire, the competition between him and Hillary was tough, as both were in a close lead until the last minute. This indicates that there is, in fact, something happening in the United States. Such strong and confident expressions cannot be given but by a truly experienced, qualified, intelligent leader. Obama did not forget to mobilize and encourage his supporters to continue on the path for change. In his last phrases, he summarized the real prospects for change, affirming these changes can only be achieved when he is president. And when I am president, we will end this war in Iraq and bring our troops home; we will finish the job against al-Qaeda in Afghanistan; we will care for our veterans; we will restore our moral standing in the world; and we will never use 9/11 as a way to scare up votes, because it is not a tactic to win an election, it is a challenge that should unite America and the world against the common threats of the twenty-first century: terrorism and nuclear weapons; climate change and poverty; genocide and disease. These problems surrounding the United States and of the rest of the world has led to changes in American public opinion.
Can any of the Democratic candidates or the Republicans accomplish these changes? I believe in Obama and Obama alone. I doubt Hillary, Edwards, McCain, Romney or any other candidate can accomplish any of them, simply because they all graduated from the same ideological school that believes they can overcome problems by simply changing tactics but not policies. No one can beautify the distorted image of the United States over issues of democracy, freedom, and human rights since the invasion of Iraq. And none of the candidates reading from the same political book can beautify this image. Only real change will do. Obama said it clearly, We can do it. He said it as a leader but not a learner. He trusted the American people can accomplish their aspired change for the better. America is the leader and model for the world yet it requires change and new faces to rule the presidency. The presidency should not be inherited from father, brother, husband or wife. It is a democracy, not a monarchy. We questioned how authority could be offered to their sons and relatives after George W. Bush was elected following his father as President of the United States.
Asad of Syria inherited the chair of his father, daughter Dhya al-Haq of Pakistan succeeded her father, Bhutto succeeded her father and her son succeeded her, and the list is longer to come. Can the American people do it and say we dont want a president that is a crown prince? Obama said it clear when he said, Yes we can, yes we can, yes we can. Lets hope he can!