So it’s official that Barack Obama has got the Democratic Party caucus vote from the state of Iowa, beating rivals John Edwards and Hillary Clinton. On the Republican front, Mike Huckabee has come out tops in Iowa.
Of course, this is just the first of many caucuses and primaries leading to the party nominations. But I like the results I see so far from both camps. Whatever it is, please let’s not have Hillary Clinton or Rudy Giuliani ending up in the White House.
I’ve been following Obama’s campaign on the Internet for several months now, and I must say I’m rather impressed with the man. There is something different about him. Inspirational leadership is what comes to my mind.
I remember watching a video of a speech he made in a predominantly black church in South Carolina (or some other southern state). Instead of playing to the crowd and lamenting about how black people are suffering from discrimination in America, he preached self-improvement and self-reliance. Obama is a second generation American, whose father is Kenyan.
Of course as a non-American, my primary concern for the President of the United States is what his or her foreign policy will be. On this front, I’m hopeful that Obama’s proposed approach of using soft power to advance America’s interests will be more effective than simply brandishing their military might at every turn. He has even proposed engaging traditional enemies like Syria in dialogue, something the Bush administration has steadfastly refused to do.
The US President has such a big impact on so many countries beyond just America. I hope more Americans realise the weight of responsibility that rests on their shoulders as they choose their next leader.