Barack Obama: the quiet revolution
Wednesday 05 November 2008
Elected the first black president of the United States,Barack Obama, 47, has reclaimed the American dreamhe defended throughout his campaign. Ambitious andcharismatic, the Democrat has vowed to be a leader forall Americans.
It’s the story of a man who reclaimed the American dream. At 47, Barack Obama, who wasunknown to the public only a few years ago, became the first African-American citizen to beelected president of the United States. The man who promised that dreams could still come true,and that change could come, can now fully enjoy his victory.
“If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible,who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power ofour democracy, tonight is your answer,” he told the huge crowd gathered at Chicago’s GrantPark.
On stage, with his wife Michelle and his daughters Malia and Sasha, he offered the world animage of a new America.
Barack Obama, the story of an ambitious, talented man with lots of charisma
He came into the limelight in July, 2004. The Democrats were holding their national conventionbefore the presidential election and the local Chicago official came on the stage to support JohnKerry, electrifying the hall.His speech, but also his dignified appearance and clear and profound voice, conquered theaudience. The senator from Illinois developed a rhetoric he would complete and repeatedly comeback to.“There’s no right wing or conservative America, there’s the United States of America,” herepeated. “There’s no black America, white America, Latino or Asian America, there’s the United