We may as well call November 4th National Negro Day because we just made history by electing Barack Obama! What? You say you're yellow, white, tan, cafe con leche,...no worries, you can claim this holiday as your own too, I have. Sharing is good.
In essence Obama's victory symbolizes the idea of what America can strive to be one day. His win does stand for hope of a brighter future. Simply put, Obama made change the second he was announced the 44th President of the United States. For one, he is first bi-racial elected president. Secondly, the world can breathe a sigh of relief and celebrate with us. There is hope for peace in the future. Heck, BBC surveyed 22 countries and they all picked Obama over McCain by a margin of 4 to 1. The world hates us just that much less today. One day they may even like us, at least a little.
But, when you sober up from the sheer euphoria of this victory, remember this, we are in a recession and have not hit rock bottom yet. Obama has inherited an eff-upped situation and change cannot happen overnight. In fact, I wonder how much real change will happen at all. Obama has already turned from a more leftist stance to a centrist one during the presidential campaign. I can only assume the powers that helped get him elected decided that was the best way. I know my Obama worshiping friends have defended his obvious strategy to appeal to a wide range of Americans for votes. I'm not so quick to ignore that. Nevertheless, I recognize that working with both sides of the dominant party lines and even those parties in the fringes is crucial to move the country ahead.
Immediate change? I for one will be a part of the millions who continue to suffer through these difficult times. Obama is not my savior, he's no messiah and I don't expect much by way of miraculous changes from Washington DC. I just know some of the bleeding will stop. How much will improve in the areas of education, health care, the war...is still to be seen. I'm hopeful but not naive.