Barack Obama is the 44th president of the United States


This is a historical moment. Just as I am writing this, John McCain is in Arizona declaring his defeat. At the same time, people all over the world are celebrating the election of the first African-American president of the United States of America.

The election of Barack Obama is the first time a black person is elected as the leader of a country with a white majority. But more importantly, Barack Obama has been elected as a leader towards a new world view.

Barack Obama has not been elected as a black man, but as a liberal citizen. He has been elected under the motto of change, and he has been elected because he has given the world hope.

Mr. Barack Obama,
you have given us a huge promise. You have given the promise of change, the biggest promise that can be given. And you have given the world a new hope in times of recession and, most importantly, fading believe in the powers of democracy and civilization.

Now it is up to you to help the world to make this dream you inspired come true. While some may expect a Messiah, we must not think of you doing wonders. But what we do is to expect you to do the best.

So while we have huge expectations towards Barack Obama, we all, Americans and all citizens of the world, also have huge duties. It is our duty to work on making the dream of change come true. Barack Obama has given many people the hope this can happen. But he is not the one to do all the work – at the end, we can only reach our goals of prosperity and equality and, most importantly, freedom ourselves.

"„Der Unterschied zwischen Reich und Arm ist der, dass die Armen alles selbst tun müssen mit ihren eigenen Händen, die Reichen aber können jemanden anstellen, der die Dinge für sie tut.“"— Betty Smith

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