Where were you when …

Image source: nytimes.com

November 4 2008 will be one of those days when you will always remember where you were, or what you doing when you heard Barack Obama had won the US Presidential election. It’s not just the end of eight years under George W Bush, but the dawn of a new era that provides hope to so many ordinary people in the US and around the world. The image above of the daughter reaching out to her mother, overcome with emotion after Obama’s victory, is described by Judith Warner as ‘the future reaching out to heal the past’. This is the promise that the Obama administration holds. There is no question that it will have to rail against a system dominated by vested interests, and it may fall victim to these interests, but at least there is hope; a rare commodity in the lives of so many people.