Like a Spring Breeze
On November 4, 2008, Senator Barack Obama was elected as the forty-fourth
president of the United States. His victory speech in Chicago on that
occasion gave a strong impression of his sincere belief that America and
the world would change. It was the most historical and revolutionary moment
since the collapse of the Berlin Wall.
“Hello Chicago! If there is anyone out there who still doubts that
America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if
the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the
power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.
“It’s the answer told by lines that stretched around schools
and churches in numbers this nation has never seen; by people who waited
three hours and four hours, many for the very first time in their lives,
because they believed that this time must be different; that their voice
could be that difference.
“It’s the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat
and Republican, black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, gay, straight,
disabled and not disabled—Americans who sent a message to the world
that we have never been a collection of Red States and Blue States: we
are, and always will be, the United States of America. [Omission]
“The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not
get there in one year or even one term, but America—I have never
been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise
you—we as a people will get there. [Omission]
“This is our time—to put our people back to work and open
doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the
cause of peace; to reclaim the American Dream and reaffirm that fundamental
truth—that out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope,
and where we are met with cynicism, and doubt, and those who tell us that
we can’t, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up
the spirit of a people:
“Yes We Can. Thank you, God bless you, and may God Bless the United
States of America.”
As many as four million people visited Washington to watch Obama’s
inauguration ceremony on January 20, and after it was over, he immediately
went to work.
The once-in-a-century economic crisis that originated in the United States
has enveloped and brought hardship to the entire world. Needless to say,
the success of President Obama’s “Green New Deal” will
be a key point in resolving the problem. But for now, anyway, the appearance
of President Obama is like a spring breeze that brings much joy.