Elections have consequences
John E. Harmon, Sr., IOM | 1/24/2017, 7:10 p.m.
“All things are possible to those that believe” --Mark 9:23, KJV
For a number of years as blacks endured hardship in the South, while pursuing a relentless quest for justice and equality by our black leadership during those times no one would fathom that, a relatively unknown senator from the state of Illinois born from the union of a Kenyan father and mid-western Caucasian women would craft a strategy to become the 44th president of the United States of America.
This was truly the unbreakable glass ceiling in the minds of many black Americans young and old. Some parents even gave their children a mild rebuke when they heard or read that becoming president was one of their future goals. Even educated and more sophisticated blacks scoffed at the idea that Baraka H. Obama had the gall to even consider running for president, given his limited political experience and unusual name. However, the name “Barack” means the chosen one.
You may recall the day, that the then Senator Barack Obama made his announcement for the presidency. With the backdrop of Former President Abraham Lincoln in Springfield Illinois days before, this now historic announcement, he had declined to participate in a forum hosted by Tavis Smiley. However, he offered Mrs. Obama, to serve as his surrogate at the event, but the offer was rejected and mocked by the host and some participants. This situation became fodder in gatherings, on the airwaves and in social media; Obama’s desire to pursue the presidency of the United States against a field of established candidates, i.e., Hilary Clinton, Joe Biden, John Edwards to name a few, was met with great skepticism. For some, the senator’s candidacy was a pipe dream when you objectively assess what he was up against.
Fast forward, on January 20, 2008, Barack H. Obama, along with his wife Michelle Obama, and their two beautiful daughters; Malia and Sasha became America’s First Family and would occupy the White House for the next eight years.
Moreover, President Obama became the Commander and Chief of the most powerful country and the largest economy in the world. After, the initial shock on January 21, 2008, the opposing party, immediately responded with a shot across the bow from the then Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, declaring that President Obama will be a one term President.
This shot was echoed throughout the Republican caucus and communities across the United States. However, the president, at that time had a majority representation in the House of Representatives and the Senate. This political clout enabled the president to lead our nation back from the brink of economic depression while dealing with multiple wars in the Middle East. I am sure some concluded in their minds, that this crisis would be his undoing. The president was able to put forth a plan to restore the financial solvency of the United States while bringing many of our loved ones home from several years of conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq, in addition to finding Osama Bin Laden, a pledge he made during his candidacy,