Thursday, February 21, 2008

Obama's Greatest Challenge

Illinois Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama (L) and Republican presidential hopeful Arizona Senator John McCain (R).

by Godwin Y. Agboka

It appears we will be lucky enough to watch history unfold in the United State of America. It looks more likely that a Democrat will win the race to the White House. Should that become probable, we will have the first woman or first African-American President of the US.

It is stunning, however, the manner Senator Barrack Obama has taken the Democratic race by storm. 10 wins in a row—since Super Tuesday—and still counting. He looks unstoppable now. He has ruggedly broken the aura of invincibility around Hillary Clinton, and provided tough answers to the question of electability.

I am not sure if the word ‘destiny’ makes any sense in politics, but that is how I describe Obama’s surge. As the days unfold he becomes increasingly popular, while his opponent, Hillary crashes to the pit of unpopular media analyses, scrutiny, and inevitable corpus of unpopularity. Obama’s movement is growing at a pace faster than a tsunami, and powerful than a whirlwind.

It appears, for the first time, in many decades, the expectations, among voters, are reaching boiling point—call it a crescendo. They need a change, a refrain that has been heightened by Obama’s campaign. Obama talks about hope, but Senator McCain and the Clintons believe that that hope is false. However, Obama believes that “there is nothing false about hope.” The man knows how to say the right thing at the right time.

The greatest challenge Obama faces, however, is how to meet these expectations of the American people, whom he is courting and winning by the minute with his message. Should he finally win the nomination, and, then, the general elections, to become President, will he be able to change the politics in the White House? Can he truly change America? Can he unite Americans?

Some say what Obama is doing is populism, and we all know what that (populism) can do.


Anonymous said...

I think it’s too early to predict who wins the White House.

Don’t forget there’s this widespread rumour about Karl Rove mobilizing independents to vote for Obama because they believe he’ll be easier to beat than Obama.

All McCain has to do now is bide his time. Being touted as the most liberal congressman is not a good reputation for Obama.

McCain has to keep highlighting Obama's voting record in the U.S. Senate, and keep challenging him to provide specifics on exactly how he plans to deliver this great "change" that he keeps promising.

It may look and sound different, but Americans need specifics.
Also McCain certainly needs some coaching on how to deliver speeches.

The content is superb but the delivery is sometimes tediously slow. Inject some pace in there and show enough passion.

The democrats may have the shock of their lives in 2009. I can already sniff the party scenes at his inauguration.

Honestly the next time I read an article about how super human Obama is I’m going to puke.

Anonymous said...

This is going to get tricky.

The Republicans can actually beat Obama on the issues..that's if America is smart enough to talk about the issue isteaf of falling in love with this Obama doll.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the writer about the huge expectations Obama is creating among Americans. He might crumble under the heat, considering his inexperience.

He is exploiting his charisma to win the nomination. I am told some Republicans are mobilizing support for him, because they know they can beat him instead of Hillary.

Anonymous said...

Why are all u so scared of the republicans? Hillary's negativity is actually above 40% and there's no way she's going to win an election against McCain