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Barack Obama: Elected First Afro-American US President

November 5, 2008

There will be no long night in the US elections 2008. As soon as the polls in California and other western states closed at 11 PM eastern time and without waiting for the initial results from the area, Wolf Blitzer of CNN projects that Barack Obama has garnered enough electoral votes and called the race. Barack Obama becomes the first Afro-American elected president of the United States.

CNN’s announcement was greeted by emotional cheers by a sea of Obama supporters at Grant Park Chicago. A crowd of 4000 students from a nearby university, rushed to the gate of the White House cheering for Obama while demanding immediate eviction of President George W. Bush. Cheering crowds were also noted in Wall Street and Dr. Martin Luther King’s church in Atlanta.

The world too rejoices. As far as Obama’s root country of Kenya, huge crowds celebrate.

Shortly after, John McCain delivered his concession speech before teary-eyed supporters and promises support for an Obama presidency. A couple of times, McCain had to control boos from disappointed supporters. McCain ‘s “extraordinarily gracious” words after running a bitter, often venomous, campaign is now a footnote to history.

Obama’s victory is self-healing for America. After electing the like of George Bush twice, America fights back by choosing a leader who promises to transform not only America but the world as well. It is classic battle between message of hope and change on one hand and experience on the other. It is also a repudiation of negative campaign tactics, personal attacks, stunts and gimmicks. It is also a triumph of ethical journalism over propagandist media like the FoxNews and News Corp. Millions of bloggers in the Web proved effective in flagging down lies and falsehoods. Incidentally, McCain’s loss is the fifth time that American voters refused to elect a decorated war hero to the presidency. This is also the first time that an anti-war candidate wins the US Presidency while America is at war. It is expected that under Obama’s leadership, America will self-correct previous mistakes and failures.

The Obama-McCain race is for the ages. It is the stuff that songs, poetry and epics celebrating the triumph of the good guy who takes the high road are made of. Americans and non-Americans will certainly remember where they are on this historic moment. The whole world embraces Barack Obama and see him as the leader of the world. A British news headline even calls Obama’s victory. ” one giant leap for mankind,” a direct quote from John F. Kennedy referring to the first human landing in the moon in 1969.

Ateneo Wins UAAP 2008 Men’s Basketball Championship

September 25, 2008

The Ateneo Blue Eagles wrap up the best-of-three men’s basketball championship series 2-0 to beat traditional arch-rival De La Salle University Green Archers and win the UAAP Men’s Basketball Championship.

In 2006, quiet and gloom pervaded the Ateneo campus when the Blue Eagles lost narrowly to University of Sto. Tomas.

The University of the Philippines hosted this year’s UAAP (University Athletic Association of the Philippines). In May this year, UP President Emerlinda Roman had talked to us about her dream of getting the UAAP Men’s basketball championship. Reality check tells us that this is a long shot. In the past decade UP has been a consistent cellar-dweller in this category.

Meantime that my favorite university cannot be champion, I rejoice with my youngest son who is a graduating student at AdeMU. He was almost teary-eyed when Ateneo lost in 2006 and he dreams of seeing his Alma Mater a champion before he leaves this year. At the sound of the final buzzer, he called me to let me hear the thunderous jubilation at the Araneta Coliseum. The father in me also rejoiced because my child is happy. All the ghosts of 2006 suddenly vanished and Ateneans feel like floating in the air.

The multi-titled Green Archers were so devastated nobody even claimed the trophy and the medals during the awarding ceremony. Well, someone’s joy is sometimes someone else’s despair.

Who was it who said that winning only gives you confidence and losing builds character?

Incidentally, my two sons are my recent converts to being Obama admirers, so this November, I again look forward to rejoicing—this time with the American people as they proclaim the first black US President. I can foresee though that Rupert Murdoch and his FoxNews and News Corp. will be sore losers. Who cares? Many children in the world will be happy. If you see what I see, you would rather have Murdoch and company in despair than the American people and the rest of the world. Moreover, McCain and Palin still have a lot of character building to do. They are very habitually not truthful and losing will be good for their souls.