Barack Obama, the president that is


By Denis Wabuyi

Having watched 2 victory speeches of President Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, I was so eager to another electric moment after Hillary Clinton conceded defeat.

I abandoned my desk and sat in front of TV eager for a “Yes we can” moment or the call to Go-Forward that Obama made after the 2012 election.

I was proven wrong the moment the president-elect, Trump took to the Microphone. It was more of a dinner chat with partners in a struggle but too casual, it was not uplifting but honestly it was courteous.

As a villager from the pearl of Africa, the one direct benefit from an American president has always been hope, inspiration; same as exhibited in 2001 (after the 9/11 tragedy), 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2012.

The closing lines of any Obama speech could move even the laziest of humans to action, his speeches were uplifting, evoked hope and self belief.

They were always weaved in a story, a story told from Illinois, Berlin, Dublin, Cairo, Florida or Washington but it would never leave you the same even if you come from a village without a single graduate.

I don’t mourn Trump’s win but the fact that Obama’s speeches will be no more at least as a president.

I will miss the greatest political orator of my lifetime and I will never forget the speeches he gave in Berlin in 2008, the YES WE CAN 2008 victory speech and the closing of the 2012 DNC speech which went thus;

“I never said this journey would be easy

And I won’t promise that now

Yes, our path is harder but it leads to a better place

Yes, our road is longer but we travel it together

We don’t turn back

We leave no one behind

We pull each other up

We draw strength from our victories

And learn from our mistakes

But we keep our eyes fixed on that distant horizon knowing that providence is with us and that we are surely blessed to be citizens of the greatest nation on earth”

Obama 2012

Denis is an independent account. He writes the X-FILES FROM THE VILLAGE weekly and other business related articles.

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