Caption: American President Barack Obama at farewell speech
It is normal for a person to seek power and wealth. If wealth comes first, then his next quest is for power. If power comes first, pelf follows naturally. I ruminate on this subject of power and pelf after listening to the American President Barack Obama’s farewell speech as the President of America, for the last eight years, here this morning on TV because of the sharp contrast I see between Barack Obama and his successor President-Elect Donald Trump who will take charge on 20th of this month.
Barack Obama came from a lower middle class family with the disadvantage of being a mulatto, biracial — father Black and mother White and made it to the highest office of the President of America, world’s most powerful country with the audacity of hope. (‘Audacity of Hope’ is the title of the book he wrote while entering the primaries in 2004). In contrast, we have a red neck of a White President Donald Trump who is stinkingly rich born with a silver spoon and arrogance of power and pelf, a deadly combination. For Trump, humility is anathema and in contrast Obama is a great humanist, never a jingoist like his predecessors and above all an orator par excellence that America had rarely seen.
Fareed Zakaria, Indian-American journalist whom we see regularly on CNN International TV had once described Nelson Mandela in these words: “Mandela’s greatest acts are that there is no retribution, there is genuine forgiveness and leaving the highest office voluntarily like George Washington of America.”
Well, the same could be said of Barack Obama in a slightly different way adding that Barack Obama is America’s Nelson Mandela. Like Mandela, Obama too had a good head and a good heart, a formidable combination for a good trusted leader. To recall, Nelson Mandela once said in jest, apparently referring to himself, th...more