Obama’s nomination likened
to man’s 1st landing on moon
By MITCH R. CONFESOR
Filipinos for Obama Movement
29 August 2008
MANILA – The OBAMANOS: Filipinos for Obama Movement welcomes the Democratic nomination of Illinois Sen. Barack Obama as the publicly acknowledged first African-American President of the United States.
The Filipinos for Obama Movement also expresses its utmost support to the views of civil rights movers through the leaders of the U.S. National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), a civil rights organization for ethnic minorities in America.
Moreover, the Filipinos for Obama Movement and its affiliate Philippines-America for Obama (Phil-Am for Bam) movement also compare Obama’s nomination on the night of August 28 (Thursday U.S. time) to humankind’s historic first landing on the surface of the moon.
This was the same view expressed in the Living Politics column today of Howard Fineman published in the Newsweek website, titled “A Day for the History Books.”
In his article, MSNBC reporter Alex Johnson also wrote that emotional African-American leaders and activists have seen the Obama nomination as representing a historic milestone in America’s evolution into the colorblind society that the Revered Martin Luther King Jr. foretold exactly 45 years ago.
The report quoted Johnnie Turner, chapter president of the NAACP in Memphis, Tennessee, saying the significance of Obama’s nomination was just indescribable, like the astronaut Neil Armstrong first setting foot on the moon.
It said Obama had made his historic address 45 years to the day after King galvanized the civil rights movement with his “I Have a Dream” speech before thousands of people on the National Mall in Washington.
Further, it quoted 80-year-old Prince Jackson Jr., chapter head of the NAACP in Savannah, Georgia, as revealing that in their Catholic schools before, they had all-white teachers, and the sisters would tell the black students that each of them could even become U.S. President, and then the African-American students would go out in the hall and laugh.
But with Obama’s nomination, the African-American community could now say to each other that blacks could do anything and there would be no more excuses, and although there were still obstacles, there was now light at the end of the tunnel, the MSNBC report quoted Jackson as saying.
Also, it quoted an African-American who served with the all-black Tuskegee Airmen during World War II, John Leahr of Cincinnati, who said he never thought that the Obama nomination would happen, but now, he was beginning to think deep from his belly that America has now grown, that it is becoming the nation that was once only found in the dreams of Martin Luther King Jr.
COLORADO CROWD. The gathering outside Invesco Field in Denver as spectators of Barack Obama’s nomination reached around 84,000.