“Tonight we mark the end of one historic journey with the beginning of another — a journey that will bring a new and better day to America,” said Barack Obama in St Paul, Minnesota, earlier this week.
He had taken the stage for his Democratic nomination victory speech to the sounds of U2’s ‘Beautiful Day’.
It was a grateful message, for a domestic audience, at the end of a bruising and extended primary campaign. And this November, let’s hope for a better day, not just for America, but far beyond as well.
All around the world, we yearn for a US President who can engage across frontiers. A President who understands foreign policy, because he actually has a passport. A President who’ll belatedly bring change, on global warming and Guantanamo. A President elected by engaged voters, who will re-engage America with the rest of the world.
We’ve all waited such a long time for this moment, and finally it’s in sight at last. Grab onto hope, America, run with it, and take us with you.
Define your vision not with fear and torture, but by building new bridges beyond your shores. Spring the bounds between west and Middle East.
Leave religion and race behind, whilst embracing diversity and tolerance – the watchwords of America’s historic past resounding through the renaissance of her bright new future.
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