There is one story that the world is still talking about – the next US President Barack Obama and what he will do in power. The world has huge expectations of President Obama but are global expectations too high?
The dust is settling after Tuesday’s historic election and President-elect Obama has just 11 weeks before he takes power and inherits an ailing economy, two wars and huge expectations. He is already appointing key figures in his new administration but what do you think is the most pressing issue he should tackle first?
Kenya, the birthplace of Obama’s father, has declared today a national holiday and there have been scenes of jubilation all over Kenya. Thousands of WHYS listeners and bloggers in Africa have been in touch with World Have Your Say throughout Obama’s election campaign, the vast majority proud of Obama’s african roots, with big expectations of what Obama will do for Africa if he gets in power.
Mariam in Sierra Leone texted us saying:
Obama is the embodiment of hope and peace for Americans and the entire world.
And during the campaign Um Rahma in Uganda said:
If Obama is elected us president on Nov. 4th the whole world will be safe
This South African columnist says Africa is claiming Obama’s victory as their own and hope trade and infrastructure will now improve. But are expectations too high for Obama in Africa?
Many people are citing Obama’s international upbringing as a reason he is a “global president” – but this blogger is representative of many who think his priority will only be American interests. Can Obama be a global president?
There is another question that keeps coming up in the blogosphere does the election of a black US president prove that there is now equality of opportunity? Is the fight for equality over?