President Barack Obama: One more time

By Dr. Kwame Nantambu
December 02, 2012

Dr. Kwame NantambuThe most significant aspect of President Barack Obama’s re-election victory is the salient reality that it has relegated to the ash heap of America’s societal history the 1968 Kerner Commission’s report on race and poverty in America to the extent that “America had become two societies—one Black and one White, separate and unequal.”

As America’s first African-American president, Barack Obama has succeeded in bridging the racial divide because it would have been totally impossible for him to get re-elected without the majority white vote/support. It’s that simple. As president Obama eloquently stated in his victory speech:

“It doesn’t matter whether you’re black or white or Hispanic or Asian or Native American or young or old or rich or poor, able, disabled, gay or straight, you can make it here in America if you’re willing to try. I believe we can seize this future together because we are not as divided as our politics suggests. We’re not as cynical as the pundits believe. We are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. We are and forever will be the United States of America.”

The fact of the matter is that most Americans have realized that unlike politics, there is a lag-time where economics is concerned. In addition, the multiplier effects of macroeconomic policy also take time to materialize to their fullest potential in the economy.

In other words, as a result of the deep financial/economic bottomless pit that Obama inherited in 2008, it would have been totally impossible for any president to turn the economy around in just the space of four short years.

Most Americans understand this economic reality and that’s part of the reason why Barack Obama was re-elected. And this is not withstanding the two-year long sustained acerbic refusal by the Republican-controlled Congress to pass/support jobs-creation Bills proposed by the president.

Barack Obama needed four more years to finish the job.

Truth Be Told: In the President’s own words “The recognition that we have common hopes and dreams won’t end all the gridlock or solve all our problems or substitute for painstaking work of building consensus and making the difficult compromises needed to move this country forward. But that common bond is where we must begin. Our country is recovering. A decade of war is ending (Osama bin Laden is dead; General Motors is alive).”

Indeed, President Obama was able to capture 332 electoral votes (270) needed to win compared to Governor Mitt Romney’s 206.

Moreover, it must be mentioned that President Obama has also promised to work with both sides of the political spectrum to return America back to its power house position as the world’s number one economic giant. To this end, he intends to “sit down with Governor Romney to talk about where we can work together to move the country forward.” That’s maximum presidential leadership.

From an Afri-centric perspective, President Barack Obama seems to be keenly cognizant of slain Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King’s opportune, apocalyptic admonition, thus: “Now the judgement of God (6 November 2012) is upon us and we must either learn to live together as brothers (and Americans in common struggle) or we are all going to perish together as fools.”

In the final analysis, with the re-election of Barack Obama as President, his vision and mission automatically and assuredly guarantees “the best is yet to come” for the United States of America.

Shem Hotep (“I go in peace”).

Dr. Kwame Nantambu is a part-time lecturer at Cipriani College of Labour and Co-operative Studies.

2 Responses to “President Barack Obama: One more time”


  • A fellow trinidadian wrote a Road March for predident Obama in recognition of what his accomplishments mean to all people of color. it was hot enough to mke top Ten on Billboard in the USA.
    I think it would be good for it to be heard in trinidad becuse it incorporates our culture and reflects the President’s diversity so well. i would like to send a link so it can be shared with the home folks. The fact that he is a Trini musician did not allow him to compete to be on the President’s program but his people were definitely inspired by it.

  • Barack election was based on several factors (1)Lack of Republic appeal to minorities, Latinos (70 percent) vote for Obama when he deported more of them than any other President. Nearing election he sought to regularized the status of Latino children born in the U.S. by giving them a pathway to citizenship and that won them over.
    (2) Romney appeal was to old white voters, younger voters of all ethnic persuasion and new voters rode the Obama wave to the White House.
    (3) Voters were terrified of Romney returning to deregulation of banks and financial institutions that got them in the current mess. Romney did not do enough to distance himself from the Bush years.
    (4) Clinton’s speech changed the momentum and planted in the mind of voters that it will take some time to recover economically.

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