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Lessons from Obama

What an historic occasion! Through the electoral process, we have elected the first person of color to the highest office in the United States. That, however, is only part of the story. While I am truly ecstatic about this, I am also excited for some other reasons. These relate to the possibilities that I see on the horizon. Barack Obama is, above all else, an outstanding inspirational leader. He has tremendous presence, clarity, conviction, and superb skills.

He is a testament to determination, intelligence, and being raised full of love and support. The American educational system certainly helped out a bit, as we can surely find some number of teachers and mentors who helped shape this amazing man.

There are three things I want to point out.

  • He has had a calm and assertive presence throughout this entire campaign. He has dealt with the adversities and the surprises with diligence and commitment. His path has never wavered. The issues have been in the forefront, and he has relentlessly kept his focus on these.
  • He has effectively used a team of very competent people to run his campaign. The use of technology and ways of bringing people together have been a testament to his skills as a community organizer and one who inspires and empowers others.
  • He appears to be a citizen of the world. Beyond looking at what is good for America, he looks for integration into what is good for the world.

He considers the complexity of situations, and picks a path that is the best path for all interests. Altogether, I am very hopeful for the next 8 years (Obama in 2012!) with what he can bring to our planet. We all need to begin to work beyond the simplicity of nationalism and create what is good for this planet we share. My belief is that this man, this new leader of America, will pick up the pieces of the shambles created by his predecessors and will carve a new path for us all. The future is full of possibilities and bright with hope. The next test is how we follow.

We have, for the first time in a long time, a leader of people first, and a politician second. I loved Bill Clinton for what he did, but he was not in the same league of inspiration as our current leader (great, none the less, and I am thankful for all he did and continues to do). This is the biggest test for our culture of rugged individualism. Americans now have a leader. He has a vision. He has conviction. He needs our support. Whether you voted for him or not, it is time for us to pull together, get on the same team, and make a difference for the world.

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