I don’t normally follow the news very closely, but I can assure you, it was nearly impossible to disconnect from CNN and other News channels for 5 whole days. Like many others, I felt like these are the most crucial US elections in many years. It was time for a change, otherwise who knows what would happen next. I’m also superstitious, and as such, I refrained from writing this post down until the numbers were official. So here we go, as of November 7, the Hope is real and the US has decided to make a change and kick Donald Trump out of the White House. Phew, it feels like the nightmare is over, a glitch in US history, a farce which was much more dramatic than comic.
There is no doubt Joe Biden is the right man for the job. I’m not expecting he would solve all the problems in America or the World just like that, but to start with he is definitely going to try and fix the damage Trump is leaving behind him on a disaster trail. Most importantly, he’s going to be a normal president, say the right things at the right time, lead by example, work hard for the people, serve the country, unite rather than divide, and do his best to leave a legacy behind him. That’s the job, and it’s clear not everyone can do it.
One of the things that struck me most was just listening to how Mr Biden speaks – delivering a speech to the nation full of hope and unity, simply calling for calm. Kamala Harris delivered the most inspiring speech we have heard in years, giving so much hope to young women and equality advocates. In her words: “I may be the first woman to hold this office. But I won’t be the last.” It makes you wonder – how long has it been since we’ve heard this type of public-speaking by a US official – leading and inspiring rather than blaming and dividing. Well, we clearly haven’t seen that in the past 4 years.
When was the last time people were dancing in the streets of America in many major cities? So different to what we have seen this year with protests and violence, fear and despair. Such joyful scenes we haven’t thought we would see any time soon. CNN’s host Van Jones was sobbing on-air after Biden’s win was officially announced. He said what most of us parents feel: “It’s easier to be a parent today, it’s easier to tell your kids character matters, telling the truth matters, being a good person matters”. We sobbed with him because it’s soooooooo true.
It’s a new dawn in America. It’s a new dawn for the whole world. We don’t need to keep hearing those lies from a US President anymore, as even Fox News is breaking their loyalty to Trump. I always wondered why do all those news channels around the world keep broadcasting a man with an orange wig spreading hatred and division, creating fake news. The more people see it, the more they will eventually believe it. So good on them for finally scrutinising the facts, inspecting and validating truthful reporting. People should not just say whatever they want on-air, even if they are the President of the United States. What you say really matters. The power of words really matters.