Rhetorical Obama Crowned

obamaRhetoric people can spin magic web around the world for themselves. In the recent past few leaders have captured the mood of the masses through their sweet and firm words. Barack Hussein Obama has become the latest rhetoric express to win the hearts of Americans and many around the world. In Japan more than 400,000 copies of “The speeches of Barack Obama” sold. With a lot of anticipation I was watching the swearing in ceremony of Obama like billion others in the world.


The much touted USA’s presidential oath taking was boring till Obama stepped into deliver his acceptance speech. One was made to wonder what the silly American hype about such a dead wood beating ceremony. A cheerful 2 million people gathered braving sub zero temperature. 1.3 bn people were watching from their television sets. But all complaints vanished after Obama took over the mike and punched those who gathered in front of him and around the billion television sets. He gave hope to the hope lost people. Obama gave a universal vision by promising to address the longstanding global problems. From alternative energy to checking terrorism to providing health to generously helping all nations, the president elected gave warm touch to the wounded hearts.


Over 45,000 soldiers were guarding the inauguration ceremony. More than 58 agencies were coordinating the security of the event. Everything was kept ready for any eventuality. Even there was an alternative president to swear in was kept. Robert Gates, US defense secretary the man who can become president of the formidable democratic nation incase Obama became a victim of terrorist attack was sitting in a secret location. The “designated successor” was equally protected like Obama.  Ku Klux Klan, neo Nazis, Al Qaieda and other violent groups are aiming to kill Obama. Pooh poohing all the threats the first African American president of the USA truly exhibited his universal leadership skills. No wonder people welcome him as the 21st century leader. Not only Americas expect from Obama but also billion others across the oceans are waiting for the dawn of good times. A qawali ceremony was organized in Nizamuddin in New Delhi.


To live up to the initial expectations of the people Obama thundered “hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord” as the route to handle the current economic meltdown.


Expressing the American responsibility he said “We have duties to ourselves, our nation and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly.”


“our time of sanding pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions – that time has surely passed,”


“Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and begin the work of remaking America”.


“Without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of control. A nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous.”


“We say to you(terrorists) that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us and we will defeat you.”


“To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect.

“A man whose father less than 60 years ago might not have been served at a restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath”.


Now Obama has the challenge to turn his rhetoric to reality. Each of his promise should be hot pursued. There is no time to lose or wait. Four years will vanish thin in the thick air of politics. If he misses this opportunity then rhetoric value will be lost. From fixing the middle east problem to ushering human rights full world starting from Guantnamo bay Obama has his presidential plate full right now. He must give equal attention to the local and global issues. If he gets one-sided fate will embrace him like it did with Bill Clinton. One has to watch his actions carefully to check whether rhetorical president lived up to his promise.


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