America’s Song (The O.B.A.M.A. Song)

“America’s Song” (The O.B.A.M.A. Song)

In honor of this historic moment– the presidential inauguration of president-elect Barack Obama– Will.i.am (of the famed Blackeyed Peas) teamed up with renown composer and music producer, David Foster, to create “America’s Song.” It premiered on The Oprah Winfrey Show on January 19, set in Washington D.C. in preparation for the inaugural celebration. Faith Hill, Bono, Seal and Mary J. Blige performed alongside David Foster and Will.i.am. The song’s official title is “America’s Song.” But we can also refer to it as the OBAMA song, for if we listen to the chorus well, we can actually also sing the words, “Oh Beau-ti-ful A-me-ri-ca, My Ame-rica, is beautiful!” Notice that the first letters of the first five words spell out O-B-A-M-A! It is just fitting because the song was especially made by Will.i.am and David Foster for president Barack Obama’s inauguration. It’s a beautiful song! Just a thought.

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Martin Luther King, Jr.

U2’s “Pride (In The Name Of Love)”

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr Day here in the United States, a national holiday honoring its namesake. It is celebrated every third Monday of January since 1986 when it was first observed. Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthdate is January 15, 1929; he would have turned 80 years old last Thursday.
He is a very important figure in U.S. history in that his legacy of civil rights reforms brought consciousness to the mainstream of American society. A Baptist minister himself, his espousal of non-violent actions through civil disobedience was the core of his aim to end racial segregation and racial discrimination in this country. As a result, racial minorities (where I myself belong to) are accorded the same human rights as whites, an example of which is the right to equal opportunity employment. Now people like me in this country no longer have to shun establishments that say “whites only” or “colored people are not allowed here” at their entrances.
The United States of America is built on the hard work and resources of its people, irregardless of racial color or origin. Unless you are an American Indian, everyone in this country has his/her roots from his/her immigrant forefathers. You may have been naturally-born here, which makes you truly an American; but so are millions of other people. Now this of course wouldn’t matter much– unless you’re not white. This is a country made up of diverse individuals united not because of the color of their skin but because they are human beings– capable of love, kindness, respect, tolerance, fairness, decency and unity.
Tomorrow is a milestone in American history like no other. Because tomorrow this country will inaugurate Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United State of America. Who would have thought that a black man would be sworn in as leader of the free world? Never! Until today.
So tomorrow, Tuesday (January 20, 2009 – date here in the U.S.), wherever you are in this world, if you have access to TVs or the internet, watch Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration as he is sworn into office at around noon (Eastern Time) in Washington D.C. Not until this time is the dream of Martin Luther King, Jr realized– “that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.“. . . to “let freedom ring. And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring—when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children—black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics—will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!

God Bless the free world!!!

So happy! Barack wins U.S. presidency!

Barack Obama wins US presidency

picture courtesy of the Chicago Tribune. Click for more photos of that historic night!

I’m so happy that Barack Obama won the presidency! And in a very convincing manner! History has been made indeed! As the first African-American (and the 44th) president of the United States of America, he defied practically all odds! It is truly a very exciting time for this country! What matters now is no longer the color of our skin but the call of our conscience. Now the road to recovery has begun for all Americans and I am very confident that President Barack Obama will lead the way to a better change. GOD Bless him and the United States of America!Barack Obama’s victory speech video in Chicago on election night, part 1 of 2Barack Obama’s victory speech video in Chicago on election night, part 2 of 2

Click on this link to read the full text of Barack Obama’s victory speech.

Give Change a Chance

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