There is not other word to define the last electoral night in the US. A black man reaching the presidency of the Country by a landslide. I was almost sure of the victory but not of the dimensions. A lot of things were coming to my mind during the night. Most of the time two great names: Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, Both of them killed forty years ago, when they were young courageous and full of ideals.
I was almost nine. But I remember very well those days, because my father was journalist, a journalist who new very well what was suffering violence in his own flesh only to tell the truth. He wanted us to know what is freedom, how to live respecting all human beings regardless of their race, ideas, just because they are human like us. I remember the day Robert Kennedy was killed, my father tipping fast in his old writing machine his column, smoking, worried. And then, answering to our simples questions as kids about what happened.
It was Bob Kennedy who said that year (1968) that in forty years the US may see a black man in the White House. He was right exactly forty years from then Obama has win the presidency. Bob Kennedy was killed that same 1968 year. Nobody knows how would be the world if he would survived, but I sure think that somehow he was able to see ahead in a way very few have the courage to do. They (he and Martin Luther King Jr.) perished only months apart, but not in vane. They are part of what we have seen last night. The same has happened in many countries no so powerful as the US. We have a lot of unknown heroes that have made us free.
Obama’s speech on election night was really something. He was taking us back to the times of ideals. And I thank him for that. It may think naive here in Europe, but I don’t care. He mentioned the falling of the Berlin’s Wall. I lived very intensely those years in both sides of Europe, and I can tell from my experience reporting that the East was calling to the West of Europe searching for help in freedom of speech, democracy and other ideals, but they found instead that the West mostly was looking at them as a new market and nothing more. It was a big disappointment for them.
Barack Obama said yesterday night that his Administration will not make that mistake he said he will offer help for this thirst of freedom if it’s wanted. Let’s hope he deliver this promise
I like these talk about ideals, Let’s do it. And then, think about how to make them real. if not now, then in the future. What’s wrong about it? What would be of the world without ideals? It will shrink in pessimism, and stop going forward.
So. It’s been a day to remember and refresh ideals, good people who struggled before us and made possible changes. In the future will be the time to see and comment about how will the new president do all he has promised. But this will be tomorrow’s job. today’s is celebrate a historic electoral night in the US.