Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Barack Hussein Obama – The 44th President of the United States of America

Cranmer would like to sincerely congratulate Senator Obama on his remarkable victory. It has been a long and grueling campaign, but the Senator has made politics interesting to a whole new constituency, and enfranchised, enthused and engaged a new and very different generation. This is laudable, and shows what is achievable when there is real choice, real campaigning, and people’s votes really count. Maybe the EU could learn from this.

It remains to be seen whether President Obama manages to be the positive change he professes to incarnate, or whether he is truly the Obamanation of Desolation. He is bequeathed two wars, expensive oil, a credit crunch, an economy in recession and a looming annual deficit of a trillion dollars – all of which narrow the life and death choices he must make. The 'change' will not be as profound as many people believe. At the geo-political level all the big foreign policy decisions are related, and the Republicans might just begin to realise that this was an election that was best lost.

But today Cranmer’s heart is with President Obama and the new First Family, because the first black president of the United States is every bit as symbolically-important as was the first female prime minister of the United Kingdom. According to Justin Webb, the BBC’s North America correspondent, there has been a revolution:

"As the SUVs pass - including several with the doors and back windows open, men with large automatic weapons looking out with keen hard glares - I catch just a glimpse of the children, of 10-year-old Malia and seven-year-old Sasha peering out. I think their mother was sitting in the middle.

This is the true revolution. There have been, after all, prominent black politicians for decades now, men and women afforded the full protection and respect that the nation can muster. But seeing little black children gathered up into the arms of the secret service, surrounded by people who would die rather than let them die, is to see something that must truly make the racists of Americas past revolve in their graves.

The real moment you will know that America has changed is not when he takes the oath, but when we see pictures of tiny people padding along the White House corridors - a black First Family - representing America and American-ness."

While Cranmer might have wished this honour had gone to Colin Powell or Condaleeza Rice, today is a day for humility in the face of the express will of the people. America has chosen, and this is democracy in action.

God bless America.

32 Comments:

Anonymous Methodist for Obama said...

A commendable post about a most commendable candidate your grace.

I have prayed for this result, and will continue to pray for him now.

5 November 2008 at 08:29  
Anonymous No nonny said...

Our church held a vigil all day today - so we could all pray that God would guide Americans to the right choice (whatever that might have been).

And, of course - this couldn't have happened if God hadn't let it happen...

I'm with Your Grace, though: I'd have been happy to see any of several black people as President. In my experience, so many black people are so much better than so many white people that colour really is not the point! But I cannot like this one. He makes my blood run cold.

Dominus Nobiscum - America and all of us.

5 November 2008 at 08:51  
Blogger Timothy Belmont said...

My sentiments are closely attuned to those of Your Grace at this momentous occasion in American history.

I remain impartial, as an outside observer of US politics; however, I send my compliments and congratulations to the US President-elect, Mr Obama, and his family.

Belmont

5 November 2008 at 09:07  
Anonymous Methodist not for Obama said...

A nice post, and it is an historic day for America, which may help to heal some divisions in that country, but Obama is a very poor choice. He is a product of the deeply corrupt Chicago political machine. Some of the questions I have about him are as follows;

Will Obama invade Pakistan like he promised to, will he create an internal security force the same size and with same budget as the military like he promised to, will he force energy prices in the US to rocket like he promised to. Will he cut tax to 95% of Americans while raising far more from taxing people to fulfill the huge number of changes he has promised.

Circumstances will probably mean that he will do very little of the above, just hot air to get a win.

I do think he will fulfill his promise to abandon the people of Irag, and he will abandon the people of eastern Europe, he will cut back on military research and cut American armed forces. So poor looking future for Taiwan, Israel and any country bordering Russia and China. Also going to a be a rough time for American allies in Latin America.

I fear for the future which I think will now see more conflict as the tyrants and dictators see an opportunity to take advantage of a weak president. (Essentially what Joe Biden said).

5 November 2008 at 09:32  
Blogger Unsworth said...

Your Grace

An impressive campaign, (and frankly the Republican candidate was not). I shall be interested to see whether Obama can maintain the levels of undoubted support and euphoria for two or more years. I hope so, as American self-confidence is important to us all.

Obama offers change. That is self-evidently the case. We shall see if that change will be for the better. However it will take many months, possibly years, and will depend entirely on the quality of those around him. His choice of colleagues and advisors is critical. These will be the people who bring about change.

But by voting as they have Americans have clearly signalled their profound discontent with what has gone before - and that in itself is heartening. Let us hope that sentiment is mirrored in Britain.

5 November 2008 at 09:54  
Blogger ultramontane grumpy old catholic said...

While applauding the news that America has elected its first black President and one with such charisma, I fear that with the Democrats now in charge of the Presidency, the Senate and the House of Representatives, it opens the way for the slaughter of the innocents.

Abortion rates have been falling in the USA (unlike in this country where regular annual increases of 2.5% make the abortion industry the only growth industry in these islands). But Obama wants to sign a freedom of choice act which would remove every single limitation that's been put in place for the last 35 years - parental notification, mandatory waiting periods, counseling, the use of ultrasounds, and also the conscience clauses will be removed from individual health care workers, or even institutions.

I am with the Bishop of Kansas City-St Joseph in Missouri who has said he doesn't understand the rationale of supporting a candidate who, on one hand, wants to reduce the number of abortions by eliminating poverty, and then on the other hand seeks to remove limitations on abortions, "which are measurable at having reduced abortions by 125,000 a year through parental notifications and the like."

Catholics for Obama may be ringing their bells this morning. If the abortion rates start to rise, they may end up wringing their hands.

5 November 2008 at 09:54  
Anonymous martin sewell said...

Whilst I share reservations about the result, I think your Grace and the honorable John McCain have set the tone for the day and that the blogs communicants ought to demonstrate goodwill and spiritual discipline by taking a self denying ordinance on negativity. There will be time enough for analysis and debate

For now, let us simply unite to celebrate the symbolism of a day for which most prayed and many died

5 November 2008 at 09:58  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From David Lonsdale

Americans will rue the day they elected this man as their President. They have turned their backs on the cries of the unborn in the womb.
In MxCain and Palin america had candidates who were unequivocal in their opposition to abortion. The people decided that a man's colour was more important than a man's principles. With respect, your Grace, I suspect that you will look back in horror at the charitable content of your post when Obama appoints a swathe of "pro-choice" judges to the Supreme court.

We know how the Left behave in power. We need only look at Stalin, Hitler and Mugabe. In power they brook no dissent. A Democrat President spurred on by a house full of Democrats will have no regard for the Christian ethos.

God has a reason for allowing this. I believe it is more about judgement than blessing.

5 November 2008 at 11:01  
Anonymous the recusant said...

I do not welcome the news of a President Barack Obama, primarily because I fear for the lives of the countless unborn that will now increasingly remain so. I believe he will reverse the Brownback-Landrieu bill and consequently allow unfettered research into human cloning and human embryo research and eventually hybrid animal-human research.

It most certainly is good that a black man can reach for the highest office in the land; however he now has the desires and expectation of millions of Americans on his shoulders. Not least the huge underclass who expects a far more generous provision of Medicaid and social security sponsored by federal agencies and removed from the restrictions of state legislature. Both are very expensive, however he did run on a ticket of Change, in that I wish him well.

Does Your Grace still think the 'Catholic Vote' had much impact on this outcome?

5 November 2008 at 11:12  
Blogger Little Black Sambo said...

The new President's abortion policy will reduce the black population of the USA. Perhaps that is what he wants.

5 November 2008 at 11:13  
Anonymous E. J. Thompson said...

Your Grace:

I now understand how my father felt after John F. Kennedy's election in 1960.

At this time, my prayers will be for the continued health of Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.

5 November 2008 at 14:35  
Blogger Livingsword said...

Cranmer….

Firstly oil is not expensive and it would be nice if it went back to its previous high so we in Canada could continue to sell the black and plunder everybody’s gold to a greater degree….

I congratulate Obama and his followers along with all of the US on this historic opportunity…

In the Seattle Vancouver area last night Obama mania/hysteria was palpable…the Obama media mantra of “hope” and “change” was rising like a prefect storm…but few it seems even know his policies on how “change” will be implemented…there may be quite the hang over after the party…

The near decimation of the Republican Party is a good thing for the Church in the US….

5 November 2008 at 15:18  
Anonymous jeremy hyatt said...

And after all those months of wasted effort on your part trying to swiftboat the guy...

Nice try!

5 November 2008 at 17:19  
Blogger McKenzie said...

Nothing has changed except maybe a new opportunity.
Back to duty, but with new mission.

God Bless America!

5 November 2008 at 17:52  
Blogger Christian said...

The unborn are in peril.

Obama will at least disillusion lots of young lefties. If we are lucky they will never vote again after Obama 'betrays' them by not saving the world and re-building America in their own image.

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=C_ksYL26lZE&feature=related

5 November 2008 at 18:39  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So the Prince of Darkness takes over as president of the USA. More deaths for the unborn. I pray to god to help all of us.

5 November 2008 at 19:05  
Blogger Dr.D said...

Obama is God's judgment on the USA for having turned its back on Him. We will now suffer greatly for having elected this evil man as President. It is not at all unlike the Lord to make the majority of a nation blind in order to punish that nation, and that is precisely what He has done in this case. He has blinded us so that we have elected a wicked man to rule over us and bring destruction upon our country. We will suffer greatly!

5 November 2008 at 19:44  
Anonymous Sabina said...

We are so screwed.

5 November 2008 at 20:18  
Blogger McKenzie said...

WHERE IS YOUR FAITH?

"LET THY WILL BE DONE"

IT IS YOUR DUTY TO WATCH AND PRAY NOW.

5 November 2008 at 20:42  
Blogger McKenzie said...

If you need something to celebrate, then join me in celebrating the end of that seedy and embarrassing "special relationship", which I have no doubt leaves Gordon very much on his jack, up the creek, with no crew to paddle his privateering vessel.

5 November 2008 at 21:00  
Blogger McKenzie said...

Sabina

I just read Melanie Phillips Freedom Now Stands Alone

And If she says you are screwed, then basically you are screwed.

But God is God, and well basically you are screwed!

5 November 2008 at 21:38  
Blogger Man in a Shed said...

Russia has already sensed the new weakness in the US and is moving missiles to take advantage.

We will see who Mr Obama really is very shortly.

5 November 2008 at 21:57  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps God is black?

5 November 2008 at 22:03  
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5 November 2008 at 22:44  
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5 November 2008 at 22:47  
Blogger Wrinkled Weasel said...

He's not the Messiah. He's a very naughty boy.

5 November 2008 at 23:42  
Anonymous miserable sinner said...

Your grace, I don't think you'll be too happy with America's new Messiah in the long run. He is VERY radical, and may "legalize" many millions of illegal aliens, including members of his own extended family, in order to secure his re-election 4 years from now. (Those who are badly educated and heavily dependent upon government programs of various types vote Democratic at least 90% of the time.)

White people are on edge about the "browning of America" which is much more obvious in some parts of America than in others. Just today I saw on another website a discussion of middle-class whites in Oklahoma, etc., discouraging their young sons from considering a career in the military. The implied reason was that as the country fills up with non-whites, there is less and less reason for the whites to die to defend a country that is already in the process of surrendering to "invaders" anyway.

Once again, I think it all depends on where you are in America. California was a great place to raise a family in the 60s, but has been losing middle-class whites since the mid-80s. I lived there up until the mid-90s, and relatives who are still there tell me I can't imagine how much worse it has gotten in terms of overcrowding, hostility of Latinos toward whites, crime, school failure, etc.

I think that white people may start marching on Washington within the first two years that Obama is in office. White people are now asking themselves and each other why WHITE people can't organize to fight for their interests the same way that blacks, Jews, Hispanics, Muslims, etc., do. Whites are already a minority in the "under five years" age cohort, so there is no logical reason not to organize for minority rights.

5 November 2008 at 23:55  
Blogger Holy Smoke said...

Your Grace was right in a prior post about Obama. He is everything and nothing at the same time. An "empty suit". He used his skin color to convince African Americans he was one of them. He is not. He has no connection or experience of what it means to be African American. He attended Trinity United Church but supposedly never understood the mission of the church or its pastor. He was "fronting" appearing at the right places with the right people. Mr. Obama is a fake. He is the emperor with out clothes.

6 November 2008 at 07:47  
Blogger Dave said...

This changes nothing. Obama was chosen because he was willing to be moulded by the puppetmasters.
This changes nothing. White racists voted for the white guy and the black racists voted for the black guy. What is different is that some young blacks stirred themselves out of their apathy and registered to vote. When they discover in a year or two that Obama is an Uncle Tom they will never vote again.
This changes nothing. As my friend Wrinkled Weasel commented
"He's not the Messiah he's a very naughty boy"

6 November 2008 at 10:05  
Blogger Dr.D said...

Dave says that this changes nothing, but he is mistaken. The Democrats have raised voting fraud to a new level with massive fraudulent voter registrations followed by having their own people simply file ballots for all those registrants that fail to show up at the polls. This appears to have been demonstrated most clearly in Philadelphia and several other Democrat strongholds. Until the voting system is restructured to assure that there is only one vote to each person, the system is now totally meaningless.

6 November 2008 at 15:39  
Blogger Miss Snuffleupagus said...

Exactly Your Grace. It isn't about Obama. It is about what this says about America as a nation. It is about her people. And it fills my heart with joy.

6 November 2008 at 22:09  
Blogger Dave said...

Wonderful as always, my grace.

I was in France last sunday, Aix en Provence. The catholic priest compared Obama to St. Peter - in both cases there was "mutual recognition" (une reconnaissance mutuelle - also means gratefulness) between them and their people...the idiot then went on to compare himself to obama.

12 November 2008 at 17:18  

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