God bless you.
I thank God and I am happy that Barack Obama has been elected President of the
That he is the first black to be so elected is not the main reason for my
gratitude and happiness. Sure, that's beautiful history, perhaps long overdue. And I don't
believe that Americans--mostly white, remember--elected him primarily because of some
moral guilt over longtime racial injustice or some deep-seated, feel-good generosity to
give a black man a break.
Americans elected him because he was the best candidate. He had the best
background, said the right things, made the best impression, ran the best campaign and
represented the best hope for real, substantial, positive change for and the healing of
I was there in Washington, D.C., in 1963 when Saint Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
led us in the civil rights march on Washington. It was for progressive breakthroughs
like the unprecedented election of Obama that we marched and demonstrated. That
could happen only with much of the fulfillment of King's dream taking place.
Now, it has happened. The blood, sweat and tears shed for this milestone are now
justified and the mythical America that patriots dreamed of, soldiers fought for and the
constitution called for is now closer to reality.
What got Obama elected was faith. We believed he is the best man for this job at
this particular time with America being in the terrible condition that it presently is. We
prayed to God for such a man as he presented himself to be. God answered our prayers
and gave us him as an apostle of hope for real healing. Now, the real work begins.
More than a million people have come to Washington to witness or to be near
Obama's inauguration and swearing-in. It's like one big family reunion, Carnival,
Woodstock, Monterrey, Mardi Gras, World Cup, Super Bowl and more all rolled into one.
Because so much is being reported about this historical first, his election and
inauguration is probably the most commercialized in history. Obama coins, pictures,
T-shirts, pencils, caps, cups and whatever else are sold at almost every store or
Our prayers have been answered. Our faith has been fulfilled and rewarded. And I
am grateful and happy for this as we all should be. But we should be happiest and most
grateful for the work that now stands before us instead of for the work that has been
Now, the same faith, sacrifice and hard work that we exercised to get Obama
elected must also be exercised to heal America. The mere election of Obama will not
accomplish that. He can not do the job alone and the job will not be done overnight
because America is in the worst shape it has ever been economically and the economy
will get worse before it gets better because the population of the millions who have lost
their homes, their jobs, their pensions, their savings, their healthcare insurance, their
dignity, their hope and their trust in American leadership is increasing every minute.
Less we forget, millions also voted against Obama and millions will remain
against him, don't want to see him do well, don't want to see America healed and will
continue to work against what he does and what he stands for. There will be domestic
terrorists working to sabotage the good we will try to do. There are still congressmen
and senators in Washington who have sold out America's best interests because they
are in the pockets, and on the payroles, of special-interest lobbyists. But we must still fight
to put our faith in God and our faith in America to work.
So much wrong has been done to America by so many for so long that it will take
a miracle for these wrongs to be righted within Obama's term if they ever will be
righted. But we must hold onto our faith in God and our faith in America. That is what
has brought us safe thus far and that is what will lead us on to excel and prevail.
Our will to build must be stronger than our enemies' will to destroy.
Our will to love must be stronger than our enemies' will to hate.
Our will to help must be stronger than our enemies' will to hinder.
Our will to heal must be stronger than our enemies' will to kill.
Our will to live and work together must be stronger than our enemies' will to separate
us and turn us against each other.
Now that God has blessed us with Obama, let's bless God by putting our faith in
Him and our faith in America to work by doing those things that will heal, save and
rebuild America to be stronger, richer and more unified than ever before. And the hope
of these accomplishments coming to pass is the best medicine that sick people like me
can have. And it's also the best preventive care that everybody else can have.
God bless you.