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Final Obama Article

November 23, 2008 at 10:19 pm / by

Here’s my final Obama article which was published in the Ham&High on Thursday. I’ll scan in the actual article next week. Please do leave comments or email me your thoughts.

As I started the scintillating task of doing all my washing from the last two weeks of being in the US, I found a sorry looking ‘Yes we can – Obama 08’ sticker at the bottom of my washing machine. Whilst trying to fish it out without ruining my manicure, I started fantasising about helping out on the Obama ’12 campaign. A little early I know, but that’s what laundry-boredom does to you!

Obviously Obama will stand again and will probably be facing a tough Republican opponent of Sarah Palin (with Joe the plumber as her running mate). By then, she may have extended her reading list beyond the Wasilla Frontiersman and become a more formidable adversary for Obama. Then again, she’ll probably blow her chances in the first Presidential debate with Barack because she won’t know which continent Pakistan is in.

By the time I had taken all my socks out, my mind wandered a little further into the future and I gazed into my soapy crystal ball to 2016, when Obama would be standing down from his second term, what might the world of 2016 look like and what achievements might Obama be looking back on? He will reflect on how daunting his task looked when he was sworn in; inheriting a country in the midst of a severe financial calamity and embroiled in two wars, not to mention a society which contains a significant number of inhabitants who still harbour deep suspicions of the name Barack Hussein Obama.

However, he will look back on the opportunities his victory gave him. An enormous mandate for change, majorities in congress, massive support among America’s Net generation and wave of international good will. No doubt he will have built upon the success of his grassroots campaign and strived to reinvigorate American society, engaging disillusioned citizens into everyday life which will empower sections of society whose voices were previously unheard. This will be fundamental to tackling the root causes of terrorism and appease some of the fears right wing Americans may have had.

Getting his own house in order will have helped Obama re-establish America’s credibility as a bastion of freedom. This will provide those who seek to preach hate against America with less ammunition. It will have helped to heal relationships with certain states that were previously at odds with the USA, offering new opportunities for peace and prosperity.

As he looks forward to his 55th birthday Obama will probably be battling with the teenage Malia about her curfew and simultaneously reflect on his achievements in Iraq. With American troops back on US shores and recognition that Iraq is an independent country which America can support but cannot bully into making constitutional reforms, he will have left Iraq stable, democratic and with a prosperous future to look forward to.

As I decided to hang my clothes rather than tumble dry them (the credit crunch, and two weeks stateside with the current exchange rate has hit me hard!), I started thinking about what economic achievements Obama can hope for. Hopefully Barack’s progressive taxation would have lead to an economic recovery. Firstly he would have made higher education more affordable by providing increased tax credit for educational assistance to students with minimal incomes. This will create a more skilled workforce along with his idea of providing training for jobs in the technology sector so that companies can employ workers from within the US.

Sitting in his solar powered oval office in the energy autarky that the White House has become, Obama will reflect upon his investment in renewable energy sources and fuel infrastructure and its success in creating an innovative job sector. This will have helped to reduce both unemployment and America’s enormous carbon footprint. He will also have created a National Infrastructure Reinvestment Bank which will transform the transportation system and again create jobs and stimulate economic activity.

As for healthcare, Obama’s programme would have worked so well that he would have inspired India, China and Russia to use the blueprint, redeploying some of their massive military spending to blossoming healthcare systems.

As the spin-cycle reaches the end, my mind comes back to 2008. We already have Obama O’s Cereal which promises a breakfast of change. Who wants to place their bets on a Barack video game for X-box and a summer blockbuster about the Obamas (Barrocky maybe?). By the next election, we should also have cheerleading squads of both sexes with chants of ‘Baracking the Vote’ and he’ll win the youth vote by a landslide because of his campaigning videos on youtube will be so effective.

As for me – hopefully in 8 years time, I’ll either be so rich that I’ll have someone to do my washing or perhaps science will be so advanced that there will be robots to keep my shirts clean. Since I work in politics, I’m betting on the robots!

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  1. All Barack really needs to do is get us Universal Healthcare and out of Iraq. But Those are the big things he needs to accomplish for re-election…

    Of course our Status of Forces Agreement that’s about to be ratified calls for our leaving Iraq on 31 Dec 2011; so the “end of the war” is pretty much accomplished…