Oh……..To Be Truly Inspired…….
Posted by ErnieJean on January 21, 2009
Hands Up those who stayed up till wee hours of the morning(Malaysian time, of course) to witness the inauguration of the 44th President of USA.
Weren’t the crowd in DC that day just so awesome!!! I bet if you line them up side by side, they would have formed a chain to go round the world at least once!! (Ok, OK, I made that one up……..)
Be honest now, did you suffer goosebumps when he took his oath? Or gasp with inspiration by his much anticipated inauguration speech? Or for one quick moment, you had wished that this historic turn of event had belonged to you and your nation?
Now, why would Malaysians, who live on the other side of planet earth, react to Obama with such strong emotions? Obama-Mania is certainly alive on Malaysian soil.
Let’s face it, there’s probably no other political leader in these current times who could command such fervant hope, adoration and expectations as Barack Obama. I’m sure by now, even his hardest critics would have been won over, at least for a second or so, with his powerful but heartfelt speech, delivered with such sophisticated sincerity and conviction.
For those of you who missed out on the historic event on TV, click on the link for a transcript of D-speech that moved millions ;
I’m not yet a die-hard fan of his, since I’m always viewing all politicians with suspicion, but you know which part got my “bulu-roma” all standing up and eyes all teary?
To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect.
To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West: Know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. (HEAR!! HEAR!!)
To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.
WHAM!!! The last para definitely hit home…….real hard!!
It was like he was talking to us…..and to the leaders of this country, who boasts of being multi-racial tolerant, on the surface only but practises otherwise.
A country where her leaders says it’s ok for “ka-ki lang” (translation : own people) to hold protests and rallies but not others.
A country where her leaders shamelessly flush billions of taxpayer’s money down someone else’s drain pipe pants and call it “development for the nation”.
A country where leaders are encouraged to cling onto power through deceit and dishonesty.
And that’s why I had lumps in my throat when I heard President Obama’s speech. Like all Malaysians, I am aware of the sort of leaders running my country but helpless in doing anything about it. To see the Americans, who lived through 2 terms of embarrassment when they had Bush as their commander-in-chief, wake up and decide for a change, makes me truly envious.
Will Malaysians will ever wake up? Some did………but obviously not enough, as our leaders constantly remind us. “We have the backing of the majority,” they sing ala William Hung, while justifying their sinful escapades.
You know what?
I’m no fortune-teller and thus will not be able to predict whether he’ll be able to meet all those expectations, but I’ll be praying for President Obama and his team………that they will succeed in what they have been tasked to do.
And perhaps, with that in hand, Malaysians will finally be truly inspired enough to really vote for a change, that it’s never too risky to vote for “A Devil One Doesn’t Know” rather that stick to the “Devil One Has Known for the past 50 decades“, for the former could turn out to be the angel we so badly need.
And oh yes, I’ll be praying for our future PM and our ruling coalition too……..that they’ll come to their good senses…….(NOT IN A HUNDRED YEARS!!!!)
Psssttt……. By the way, did you know President Obama’s head speech writer is a 27 year old chap, John Favreau? 😀