barack-ing it

January 20, 2009

A change has come.

As many of us have predicted, Barack Obama is now the 44th President of the United States. A lot of trust has been bestowed upon him, and some think it’s too much for him to shoulder. But after watching and listening to him during the inauguration, I have no doubt he’ll continue to be the Cool-Guy Obama.

The crowd was unbelievable, hundreds of thousands of people wanted to witness history. There were smiles, there were happy tears. Even in a little apartment somewhere in central London, I was amongst the emotional lot, curling up on my sofa, eyes fixed on Obama. I was so emotional watching him take the oath (and I’m not even American!). Though he was over-excited and stumbled a bit, he regained his familiar coolness in a nano-second. As a law graduate, he is very very good with words and knows how to say things to engage you to believe him (pffttt i guess different law schools have different ways of teaching).

Some of his words that touched me during his speech:

  • “We will extend our hand, if you will unclench your fist”
  • “Your nation will judge you on what you build, not what you destroy”
  • “Greatness is not a gift, it is earned”

He looks like a genuinely good man with values, and has carved a place in many hearts, not just Americans.

I’m sure the whole world is excited to see what he’ll do after this. Let’s all hope he can bring peace and harmony not just to America, but to the rest of the world too.

Picture of Obama made out of 2000 stamps, taken from