On January 20 2009, more than two million people gathered in the Capitol and celebrated the historical moment. The new President, Barack Obama is certainly an extraordinary character: lived as an African-American suffering from racism, graduated from Harvard Law School, and worked for civil right. In many ways, the figure himself represents American Dream that no matter who you are, you can achieve anything that you dream of. Apart from his personal appeals, both domestic and international policies of his seem to be ideal and doable as well. The 44th President suggests a unique solution, which is ‘hope’ to be settled before its first step towards reconstruction, building the fundamental principle- ‘unification’ and ‘hope’.
Most American has been hard-hit financially and politically and it is now affecting people in worldwide as well. There are war and battles everywhere internationally and conflict inside the US from discordance about the international fairs. Internally, we can see a contradiction of ‘the United State of American’ name itself, where the politic has been seriously polarized due to War in Iraq and the conflicts among the groups: gender, ethnic, race, age, belief, and certain social class. Simply we don’t see America is united.
Consequently, the strongest message that Barack Obama has proclaimed is to bring ‘United State’ as genuinely ‘united’. Unlike the former President Bush, who was white, from upper social class, and whose main doctrine was creating a one solid policy that would benefit the country in term of executing his policies, most of solutions that Barack Obama brought up were liberal and embracing various views and perspectives. He respects all the view and attempt to find the common goal of the U.S. He esteems and is willing to work with both the conservative and the liberal. In addition, the main slogan and message that he constantly demonstrated during the campaign were ‘promise’ and ‘change’ whereas both Bush and McCain proclaimed to ‘fight’ against the controversies.
In one part of the inauguration speech ‘with old friends and former foes, we will work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear treat, and roll back the spectre of a warming planet’ and ‘to the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect’ Obama suggests that he clearly knows it is time for the U.S. to be one and to be the leader to make the world as one, not the leader who conquer, while Mr. Bush contradicted this idea and committed troops to Afghanistan and Iraq.
So did the crisis in Middle East resolved due to invasion? Isn’t it clear that offence creates more peril? In my opinion, the only, and best way to transform your enemy as a friend is to convince the enemy, not only compromising with them financially but having sincere conversation, putting ourselves on their shoes and finding a solution that can minimise the conflict and have true friendship. To summarize, unlike any other Presidents that we have seen it before, he is the leader who is willing to have a discussion and lead into a solution that fits two opposite parties: ‘the time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit’.
Today, we often see news about American economy amidst financial crisis, and the surging stagflation. Collectively, the crisis does not only apply to a single class, but to all classes: ranging from labour to upper classes. Some critics say the situation is worse that the gloomiest period, Wall Street Clash in 1929. Even a year ago, due to the unreasonable doubled or tripled value of the stock share, it seemed that nothing is going to get on its way and the only thing they had to do was enjoying the opulence that has been granted. After all, however, it has been revealed that the growth was attained by the unhealthy way in terms of unethical management and the lack of capital allocation, and ‘failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age’. Therefore without profoundly considering the economy regime of the President, the Nation is going walk through the debris.
Indeed, as we have continuously seen it from campaign trail, we can see his competency of analysing and penetrating the economical problems. From the speech, although there are no directed or named policies, we can find a doctrine or a path that he is going to lead America throughout next four years: ‘the state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act- not only to create new jobs, but lay a new foundation for growth’. This suggests that the solution has been derived from the past, such as New Deal or New Frontier from the great President Roosevelt and J.F. Kennedy.
Therefore his solutions are not just based on novel attempt, but from experience and success that has been originated from the past. Moreover, we can see, ‘The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or small, but whether it works – whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intent to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end’ indicates that his policies are pliable as well, and most significantly, he seeks to find a solutions from the basic fundamentals – family.
Furthermore, frankly speaking, the government and the policies itself cannot dramatically change a nation; it is what people make country. In other words, hopes and dreams are more and should be regarded as a vital factor. In this perspective, throughout the inauguration speech, for example, ‘today, I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in short span of time. But know this, America – they will be met’ / ‘Our challenges may be new.
The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends- hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism’, Mr. Obama kept assuring that we could overcome our burdens at the end. And he urges his people to reconstruct as their ancestors did: ‘for us, they toiled in sweatshops and settle the West; endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth. / Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remarking America’. Therefore, he is not confining the ‘unique’ solution to his the policies, but he encouraging and giving out hope.
In conclusion, Barack Obama is a President that we never had seen it before the one who will harness the country in a right way. He is be ability to understand both side and stand for the weak, and endeavours to seek a mutual agreement are the things that. His issues are not just base on prejudice but humane issue. Most significantly, him itself is a ideal model which represent American Dream and creates a atmosphere of hope, and by him and this event, America has been being unified as one and found its path out from the mist.