President Obama’s Olympic moment makes Luther King dream come true

I am sure we all admired the rolling brilliance of Barack Obama’s oration when, in his Presidential acceptance speech, he said:

“If you are willing to work hard, it doesn’t matter who you are, or where you come from, or what you look like, or where you love*. It doesn’t matter whether you are black or white or Hispanic or Asian or Native American or young or old or rich or poor, abled, disabled, gay or straight you can make it here in America if you are willing to try.”

Please read them carefully because these words represent a defining moment in the history of America – just as I felt the Olympics were for Great Britain:

“The London 2012 Olympics could mark the moment when the British people accepted, at last, what it means to be British and became comfortable with the cultural diversity we embrace – a diversity which is not defined by our place of birth or the colour of our skin but by the way we have behaved over the last two weeks.” (Olympic success defines a new Britain for the 21st Century).

So significant is the juxtaposition of these two events, less than four months apart, that it takes time to consider just how momentous they are. I suspect the older you are, the more time you will need – particularly if you were alive on 28 August 1963.

For a new world order has been defined, in which the American people, and possibly all God’s children, are free at last.

How so?

Because Americans voted for individual freedom over corporate finance. They recognised the economy was the most important issue facing their country – but however superior Mitt Romney’s track record in financial management, when it came to issues like abortion and gay marriage, the American people simply did not want to live in his world.

Thus by his re-election, the US President is the living embodiment of his own message. He is his own mandate for the next four years.

In Barack Obama, Martin Luther King’s dream has come true.

And the world, surely, is a better place.

At last.

*I think he meant to say ‘who you love’ or ‘where you live’, with the former most likely.

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