So (nearly) everyone is all excited and happy and crying that Obama will be the next President of the USA. And indeed it is great; great that a man with some native African DNA in his make-up is going to be president of the most powerful country in the world. It is a clear sign of how far things have come since the times of Kunta Kinte, and the toe-chopping white slave-masters. But what now for the prince of charisma? What master plan will he unleash to set the world straight? What will happen once the "I have a dream..." speeches stop, and he has to knuckle down to actual diplomacy and national problems?
You see, no matter how much you want to bang him, ladies, Barrack Obama is a politician and therefore will ultimately fail. We've seen it all before: Tony Blair, heralded as the Labor Saviour when elected to power in Britain in the 1990's... ended up being called a war monger and pooch poodle to GW Bush. His successor, one Mr. Gorden Browne, was thought to be someone who would turn around the opinions of the current Labor government. He has in fact only made things worse. In Ireland, Bertie Ahern, once seen as the man of the people, he who could do no wrong, the “Teflon-Taoisach” surrounded by his "smokes & daggers", is now slowly being shown up for what he really was and is: a criminal. Again like in the UK, high hopes were had for a fresh start with Brian Cowen, and again, we are left wondering are we in the frying pan or the fire. Even Hitler when elected in Germany, was seen in the same light as Obama is today.
So thats why I don't share in this jubilation over a man being elected to the White House across the ocean. I acknowledge what he signifies and it is truly great, but I still only give him a year before people call for his head. If I'm wrong, and he makes it through 8 years with the people calling for more, then my humility will be the least of everyones concerns. For without a doubt, if we see this man stay true to his word and conviction, then we will have lived through an era in which we can safely say, that we have witnessed one of the greatest politician's ever to have governed anywhere in the world.