I’ve always been surprised by how closely I’ve followed American politics ever since I moved back to Malaysia. I think it comes from knowing how deeply American politics affect the world, or from missing that chapter of my life so much that it hurts sometimes. Or maybe, it comes from my eternal love for an underdog, which was what Barack Obama was when he first began campaigning for the 2008 Elections.
Besides being one of the best speakers I’ve ever seen, Obama embodies a kindness and compassion that so many leaders today lack (or don’t realize they actually need). And while the world may berate him for not fixing their problems overnight, what the world may not know is how much character it takes for someone to be in position and make a difference.
So congratulations, President Obama, and well done, America. I wish with all my heart I could be there with you.