The Capitol will be the stage of a historic landmark in the history of the nation Tuesday.
Euphoria is in the air in the United States. Joy and expectation of great things to come reside in the hearts of the majority of its citizens. It’s Inauguration Day, It’s the dawn of a New Era!
Hopes are pinned on the shoulders of Mr. Barrack Obama by his fellow-citizens and also by the citizens of countries around the globe. How he manages to create such an aura of magnetism to himself is beyond our understanding now.
From what we have heard, read and seen so far, there is no doubt he is sincere, decent, committed and compassionate. There is no reason to doubt his words and his commitment. He will surely do his utmost to deliver his best. But he is also a human being, as such he may not be able to deliver all that is expected of him.
There is a simple logic to this. All the hopes and expectations that are placed on him now come from many and varied groups and individuals. This being so, the hopes and expectations are tainted with the self-interests of such individuals and groups. As a president of the United States, Obama’s one and top priority is to do the best for his country and this may not jell well with all these biased hopes and expectations. He may have to make many decisions that contradict such hopes and expectations and the veneers of attractiveness will start peeling off.
On this highly symbolic day, on this historic day Americans should pause and ponder on their hopes and on the interests of the nation, are they in sync. If a clash of interest takes place, are they prepared to subjugate their self-interests in the interest of the nation?
Like every other president before him, Obama is treading a terrain filled with minefields. It is hard to be president, as an outsider, I hope his fellow-citizens do not make it harder for him.
May Obama has the wisdom and the courage to do the right things for mankind. United States of America, I wish you well.
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