It is a unique experience to participate in and follow an American election from another land. The election has been the main topic on the lips of the people in Norway as well. Barac Obama is overwhelmingly popular in Norway. At the same time the topic has brought from the question of whether or not the United States was ready to elect the first africanamerican president.
Last night we turned a new page in history. Barack Obama’s thrilling victory to the 44th American President is a triumph which promises change, overcame centuries of prejudice and finally shows that in the United States a man can finally be judged not by the color of his skin, but by the content of his character.
“It’s been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this day, in this election, at this defining moment, change has come to America,” vows Obama. This is a change long coming for the American people and I feel that it shows a movement into the next generation, into my generation! Which is a generation that grew up under very different circumstances then the one before. I grew up in an integrated society. I grow up with a much more balanced understanding of that people could look different and come from different backgrounds, but still were my equal.
It is important to also point out that Obama stands for more than a change in the status of africanamericans, but to change in many other areas. Obams states in his acceptance speach, “There are many who won’t agree with every decision or policy I make as president, and we know that government can’t solve every problem. But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face.” There is something about him that makes me believe that this is one promise he will hold to us all. I feel that yesterday the American people took back Democracy and finally spoke out for what we want for the future. I thank everyone who turned out to vote and used their democratic rights, regardless of who you voted for. Us? My son and I, both US citizens voted through the good old mail system from our home in Norway over 2 weeks ago.
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