Barrack Obama’s victory speech and South Africa
The victory speech of Barrack Obama on 4 November opens up a new world. It is however very difficult to predict what the impact will be.
Barrack Obama won the elections for president of the
Most of what he said had been said before. He knew it all; and yet, the way he said it made the whole difference. His performance this evening was in itself proof of effective leadership, showing sensitivity to the various groups of the country and yet being in the lead.
It was a good mix of typical social democratic view points and the American style, ‘you can make it to the top wherever you come from’. He wants a society that cares and that gives equal opportunities for all. At the same time he is another example of something quite different: it is not the social care that gives you success but your own personal hard work.
The promises abounded this evening and one shudders a bit when thinking of how literally impossible it will be to fulfill all these promises.
What is particularly difficult is to say at this stage what significance Barrack Obama will have for the rest of the world and
First, just because Obama’s father was a Kenyan it does not mean that he will be able to pay special attention to
Secondly, it struck me that at no time did he mention the role of civil society, voluntary organizations, NGOs and especially the churches. This is quite significant and one may ask, why did he leave that aspect to the Republicans? You could have a strong state and yet leave enough space for far reaching engagement from civil society, and the role of the churches in terms of fostering leadership and moral formation for the wider society is simply wrong to bypass. Typically, in
Thirdly, he did not at any point mention developments in the wider world, outside the
Finally, and fourthly, at best Barrack Obama will be able to make an impact on a rather different level. At best he will move the
The best I could think of in terms of Barrack Obama becoming president of the
A lot more could be said about this, but it may be enough to say here that both Europe and Africa, especially