And so it has come to pass. This is his moment. This is his time. His movement is real. Today Barrack Obama will affirm the greatness of America. It is greatness not by the might of America’s army. It is not greatness measured by the scale of America’s wealth.
The spirit of contest between John McCain and Barack Obama was captivating. The concession of McCain was extraordinary in grace.
Barack Obama will today be the quintessence of the power of America’s ideals; democracy, liberty, opportunity and unyielding hope.
What is to be said in an inauguration speech that will last 17 minutes?
Faced with the worst economic crisis in a generation, two wars and a perched planet what will Barack Obama say to the American people and the world?
President Obama will seek to mend the wounds of division in the words of Lincoln “though passion my have strained it must not break the bonds of our affection”.
President Obama will be audacious and cautious. He will extol the virtues of sacrifice, courage and persistence in the face of tough odds. In your hands, my anxious fellow Americans, and not in mine, is the monumental responsibility of renewing the promise of America.
Like FD Roosevelt, President Obama will make it clear to the American people that the problems they face today demand thought and they serve to quicken the conscience and enlist Americans’ sense of responsibility to resolve them.
Like JF Kennedy, President Obama will reassure the world that America will pay any price, bear any burden to support the cause of peace and liberty. He will usher the new dawn in America’s foreign policy founded on the pillars of diplomacy, defence and development.
And to the great expectations of an adoring world, President Obama will echo the words of Kennedy and say ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do to advance democracy freedom and development for the benefit of all mankind.
I wish you well Mr. President.