Barack Obama Promises a New Era in the White House

Candidate Is 1st African-American Nominee by a Major Party

Promise is a word left ringing in the minds of those who followed Barack Obama’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention held in Denver on Thursday. Thousands gathered inside of Denver’s Invesco Field to hear Obama’s words on how he could shape America into the country it should be.

“We love this country too much to let the next four years look like the last eight,” Obama stated as he explained how his influence on the country will differ from that of current president George W. Bush.

Obama highlighted the ways in which he believes he would benefit the nation. Through tax cuts for those whom he feels need it most, alternative fuel options and ending the Iraq war in the most plausible fashion, Obama what he considered a solid foundation to lead this country as the next chief executive.

The thousands gathered around television sets were not the only supporters of Barack Obama Thursday night. R&B singer Stevie Wonder showed his support of the presidential candidate as he sang words of encouragement for the nation: “If my eyes were to see, let them be the witness of a world that is color free.”

Also joining Obama in his appeal for change in America was Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin. Durbin, who introduced Obama on Thursday night as well as for Obama’s keynote address at 2004’s Democratic National Convention, says that “America’s best days are still to come.”

When asked what she felt about Obama’s speech, Jynell Whitehead, a Howard University student, said she felt a “connection with Obama’s hope for the country” and plans to support him in this year’s historical presidential election.

Hope is something that Obama seems to instill in many as he constantly refers to the potential he has for not only achieving presidency, but also making a constructive difference during his time in office. On Thursday, Obama spoke openly about how the America he sees now will change into the America that services its constituents. “The change doesn’t come from Washington,” he stated. “It comes to Washington.”

Christine Morency, a Howard University sophomore, was excited after watching Obama’s acceptance speech. “He did a great job in addressing what he plans to do for America,” Morency said. “I would vote no other way than Barack Obama in the upcoming election!”

For some, Obama’s speech inspired the hope for change and promise for a better future. For others, this speech confirmed their belief in Obama as a substantial leader for the nation. Whichever the case, Barack Obama’s speech captured the attention of millions around the country, but the impact of it can only be anticipated until the results of the 2008 presidential election are revealed.