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Barack Obama, Presidente de USA

La verdad es que, desde que anoche escuche el discurso de Obama, llevo dándole vueltas a si escribir este post, o no. Sobretodo porque escucho a tanta gente que, sin tener ni idea de quien es Obama, se arrima a su hombro con una facilidad pasmosa, sin pararse a considerar quién es Obama y qué propone al pueblo americano para gobernar los próximos cuatro años.

Hay quiene piensan que, por ser Obama demócrata, es uno de los suyos porque es de izquierdas. Ay, quienes tengan este pensamiento, que equivocados están. Barack Obama es un liberal con unas ideas del mercado, que en algunas cosas difieren de McCain, pero en el fondo es un liberal, podrá serlo más o menos, estoy de acuerdo, pero no deja de ser un defensor del liberalismo económico. Que nadie piense que con Obama vamos a volver a un pasado diferente. No, no señores, las formas es posible que cambien, pero en la sustancia es la misma. Es posible, y muy posible, pienso yo, que la economía, con las nuevas medidas que va a tomar Obama a partir del 20 de enero de 2009, pegue un cambio bastante considerable.

Otros, pensando en clave social, piensan o intuyen que Obama va a dar un giro de tuerca tan bestial a la política social americana, que USA va a ser más parecido a Cuba que a la propia esencia del pueblo americano.

Otros creen que, por que Obama, es partidario de los matrimonios gays, del aborto o de la eutanasia, entonces es más cercano a las ideas de Zapatero o de cualquier dirigente europeo similar. No, señores, siguen equivocados.

Una gran mayoría, españoles y europeos, tienen una visión tan particular de la tan traida pregunta de Radio Caracol a los dos candidatos sobre el posible encuentro con ZP, que llevan dos meses dando caña, caña sobre este tema, y confundiendo a la opinión pública: McCain, y sino volver a oirlo, en ningún momento dijo que no se iba a reunir con ZP, dijo que se reuniría con los amigos de Estados Unidos. Él no entro a valorar quién es o quién no es amigo del pueblo americano. A Obama se le preguntó en referencia a algo que McCain nunca dijo, y claro se armó la parda. Mi opinión sobre este tema es, que ZP se ha ganado lo que se ha ganado, a fuerza de despreciar a los soldados americanos en un desfile. Si fuese al revés, estaríamos 100 años dándole vueltas a este tema. Ahora no nos quieren ni ver en el G-20, no me extraña, lógico y normal, si este señor que nos gobierna no se entera de que va la economía de mercado. Según ZP no había crisis y eramos el país más solvente del mundo, pero quien se cree… claro el ombligo del mundo.

Personalmente, en las ideas básicas de la convivencia y por lo que entiendo del liberalismo, y de aspectos tan importantes, como la vida humana o como el trato que se deban dar a las personas, estoy más cercano a los postulados de McCainn. Sin embargo, la elección de Barack Obama no me disgusta en todo, porque creo que la política económica, que propone Obama, puede dar con las claves, para comenzar a solucionar la grave crisis, que sufrimos desde hace algunos meses.

Por último, hay quienes piensan que Obama va a sacar a sus soldados de Afganistan, de Irak, y de tantos sitios donde realizan labores de pacificación, como de ayuda humanitaria. John Fitzgeral Kennedy, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan y Bill Clinton eran y son demócratas. Kennedy era católico, no lo olvidemos; Obama es de color, no lo olvidemos. Todos estos “comandantes en jefe” llevaron a su país a conflictos bélicos, con resultados bien distintos y, en algunos casos, dolorosos. Pensáis que Obama va a ser diferente. Los Estados Unidos de América se han ganado, a lo largo de su historia, un papel en la salud del mundo. Sin ese papel, habría triunfado  el nazismo o el comunismo, qué sería peor????

Soy de la opinión que Barack Obama va a ser un muy buen Presidente para el pueblo americano, y va a beneficiar al resto del mundo en algunos aspectos, sobretodo económicos. En otros, habrá gente que esté de acuerdo y gente que no. Lo que para mí si está clarísimo, y cristalino, es que McCainn tenía formas de pensar, y sobretodo, formas de ejecutar diferentes a la que tiene el próximo presidente de USA, y con las que me siento más identificado. Hoy he estado en dos conversaciones, en una se hablaba con mucho respeto de uno y de otro, pero en la otra se ponía a caldo a McCainn, porque ha ganado Obama. Me quedo con la primera, qué por otra parte, es la más cercana a como piensa el pueblo americano.

Finalmente, y como muchos habreis oído las palabras de Barack Obama, y no os habréis parado a pensar como se hacen las cosas en América, cuando un senador pierde las elecciones a Presidente, a continuación las palabras de John McCainn:

Remarks from Senator John McCain
November 4, 2008 “Thank you. Thank you, my friends. Thank you for coming here on this beautiful Arizona evening.

My friends, we have — we have come to the end of a long journey. The American people have spoken, and they have spoken clearly. A little while ago, I had the honor of calling Senator Barack Obama to congratulate him on being elected the next president of the country that we both love.

In a contest as long and difficult as this campaign has been, his success alone commands my respect for his ability and perseverance. But that he managed to do so by inspiring the hopes of so many millions of Americans who had once wrongly believed that they had little at stake or little influence in the election of an American president is something I deeply admire and commend him for achieving.

This is an historic election, and I recognize the special significance it has for African-Americans and for the special pride that must be theirs tonight.

I’ve always believed that America offers opportunities to all who have the industry and will to seize it. Senator Obama believes that, too. But we both recognize that though we have come a long way from the old injustices that once stained our nation’s reputation and denied some Americans the full blessings of American citizenship, the memory of them still had the power to wound.

A century ago, President Theodore Roosevelt’s invitation of Booker T. Washington to dine at the White House was taken as an outrage in many quarters. America today is a world away from the cruel and prideful bigotry of that time. There is no better evidence of this than the election of an African American to the presidency of the United States. Let there be no reason now for any American to fail to cherish their citizenship in this, the greatest nation on Earth.

Senator Obama has achieved a great thing for himself and for his country. I applaud him for it, and offer in my sincere sympathy that his beloved grandmother did not live to see this day, though our faith assures us she is at rest in the presence of her creator and so very proud of the good man she helped raise.

Senator Obama and I have had and argued our differences, and he has prevailed. No doubt many of those differences remain. These are difficult times for our country, and I pledge to him tonight to do all in my power to help him lead us through the many challenges we face.

I urge all Americans who supported me to join me in not just congratulating him, but offering our next president our good will and earnest effort to find ways to come together, to find the necessary compromises, to bridge our differences, and help restore our prosperity, defend our security in a dangerous world, and leave our children and grandchildren a stronger, better country than we inherited.

Whatever our differences, we are fellow Americans. And please believe me when I say no association has ever meant more to me than that.

It is natural tonight to feel some disappointment, but tomorrow we must move beyond it and work together to get our country moving again. We fought as hard as we could.

And though we fell short, the failure is mine, not yours.

I am so deeply grateful to all of you for the great honor of your support and for all you have done for me. I wish the outcome had been different, my friends. The road was a difficult one from the outset. But your support and friendship never wavered. I cannot adequately express how deeply indebted I am to you.

I am especially grateful to my wife, Cindy, my children, my dear mother and all my family and to the many old and dear friends who have stood by my side through the many ups and downs of this long campaign. I have always been a fortunate man, and never more so for the love and encouragement you have given me.

You know, campaigns are often harder on a candidate’s family than on the candidate, and that’s been true in this campaign. All I can offer in compensation is my love and gratitude, and the promise of more peaceful years ahead.

I am also, of course, very thankful to Governor Sarah Palin, one of the best campaigners I have ever seen and an impressive new voice in our party for reform and the principles that have always been our greatest strength. Her husband Todd and their five beautiful children with their tireless dedication to our cause, and the courage and grace they showed in the rough-and-tumble of a presidential campaign. We can all look forward with great interest to her future service to Alaska, the Republican Party and our country.

To all my campaign comrades, from Rick Davis and Steve Schmidt and Mark Salter, to every last volunteer who fought so hard and valiantly month after month in what at times seemed to be the most challenged campaign in modern times, thank you so much. A lost election will never mean more to me than the privilege of your faith and friendship.

I don’t know what more we could have done to try to win this election. I’ll leave that to others to determine. Every candidate makes mistakes, and I’m sure I made my share of them. But I won’t spend a moment of the future regretting what might have been.

This campaign was and will remain the great honor of my life. And my heart is filled with nothing but gratitude for the experience and to the American people for giving me a fair hearing before deciding that Senator Obama and my old friend Senator Joe Biden should have the honor of leading us for the next four years.

I would not be an American worthy of the name, should I regret a fate that has allowed me the extraordinary privilege of serving this country for a half a century. Today, I was a candidate for the highest office in the country I love so much. And tonight, I remain her servant. That is blessing enough for anyone and I thank the people of Arizona for it.

Tonight, more than any night, I hold in my heart nothing but love for this country and for all its citizens, whether they supported me or Senator Obama, I wish Godspeed to the man who was my former opponent and will be my president.

And I call on all Americans, as I have often in this campaign, to not despair of our present difficulties but to believe always in the promise and greatness of America, because nothing is inevitable here.

Americans never quit. We never surrender. We never hide from history, we make history.

Thank you, and God bless you, and God bless America. Thank you all very much.”




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