SHE is about caring, about sharing, and about putting aside differences and
helping each other at times of crisis. She is also about sending her sons and daughters to help humanity across the globe at times of their crises. These are the times when the great heart of this indisputably great nation lays itself wide open for the world to see; and that is why it will always remain a great country. And then its flaws are barely discernible in the magnitude of its absolute magnanimity and compassion, and even those who have grouses for perceived transgressions are awed and touched by the true greatness of America and its tapestry of cultures and nationalities that blends into a collective weaving of a glorious nation.
President Barack Obama is working indefatigably, side by side with the American people, as they struggle to put their lives back together; and his edict of “no red tape, no bureaucracy” to minutely hinder the recovery and rebuild process, as well as instructions for optimum utilization of state resources, has without doubt generated even greater resolve into an already courageous people to greater endeavours toward the rebuilding, reparation, reconstruction processes and imperatives for the restoration of their devastated country.
These are the times when true leadership stands out like a rallying beacon, and Obama stands tall today – shining like a bright star in the midst of this dark time – literally and figuratively -- in the American landscape of nationhood, where even states not affected by the disastrous superstorm “Sandy” are rallying behind their sister states in efforts to restore, first utilities, then the dynamics of people’s existence, so that their lives are returned to normalcy as quickly as human efforts can allow.
And, according to the President, this is what America is all about – its great heart of courage and caring; when it rises above the common fray and emerges united, resilient, courageous, strong and merciful in the midst of great adversity and tragedy – its own and those of others.
“We will not quit until it’s all done,” promised the President. He adjured his staff to return calls within fifteen minutes, and to figure out a way to say “yes”, because saying no to requests for assistance is not an option; at least not under the stewardship of Barack Obama, who called on all Americans to “help each other”, which he acknowledged is already being done in magnificent ways.
Amidst all the travails, he is taking notice of the human contingencies and contributions, like the gentleman cooking for eighteen-hour stretches so that people in need could get hot meals; and these -- not fancy, well-constructed speeches and clever semantics -- define great leadership.
America has taken a bad hit with Hurricane “Sandy”, and maybe this is not the catastrophe it may seem at first glance, because it may be the catalyst for Americans to take note of the quality of leadership they can depend on to lead them out of the socio-economic morass it has been wallowing in of recent times, and to vote with greater confidence for Barack Obama, who has demonstrated that he can rally the nation to finer and greater endeavours through stormy weather (pun intended).
America is not about the colour of one’s skin. What is emerging on a national scale, as that embattled nation coalesces as a collective to restore itself, is that America is about the red colour of human blood and human courage; and that, according to President Obama, is what America is all about.