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The Real Value of Inspiration – My Journey With Barack Obama
A new website has been created dedicated to America’s President-Elect, Barack Obama, with a big difference. It follows Obama’s fortunes and frailties in his election campaign through the eyes of a British writer, Elaine Sihera (Ms Cyprah), from a uniquely Black British perspective. Well known in minority communities in the UK, and the most quoted British woman on the Internet, Elaine had a personal crisis which coincided with the duration of Obama’s campaign and has led to this amazing website (www.barackobama-andme.com) which carries the title:
The unique informative website begins the narrative from the time the Senator launched his campaign in Illinois, through to the primaries and his nomination and election. A pioneering achiever in her own right who shares Obama’s motivational ideals, and a champion for ‘ageing disgracefully’, Elaine was so empowered by the campaign, she even went to the Illinois Obama HQ in Chicago during election week to help on the phones getting the vote out and was also in Grant Park as a guest on election night shouting ‘Yes We Can!’ with everyone else. An experience she describes as ‘more than magical’.
The striking, colourful website, which is packed with eye catching photographs, inspirational quotes, presidential quotes, widgets for up-to-date news, useful links, Barack’s books, fun games and the articles themselves, each one matching the progress of the campaign, opens with the following introduction:
“This is a personal tribute to Barack Obama, President-Elect of the United States of America, consisting of all the articles I have written on him since he launched his campaign in 2007. Being rather ill throughout his campaign, I journeyed with him from my computer. I am a Type 2 diabetic whose body suddenly decided in March 2007 to reject all my medication. Having such an inspiring and motivating person to focus upon helped my tenacity and resilience in dealing with my personal crisis. perhaps far more than I can ever realise. I was told I was unique in Britain for such a condition, but just, for once, I wanted to be like everyone else!“
*Does the Audacity of Barack Obama Carry Lessons for Britain?
“I remained very poorly and weak for the rest of 2007 while doctors carefully tried other medicines and injections, none of which worked. I recovered slightly for three months at the start of the new year, then worsened again between April and July 2008. Since then, there has been some steady improvement, fingers crossed. The difference in output for the two years was stark: only 14 articles written on Barack in 2007 compared to over 100 in 2008! I think I am still here to create this website because of Obama’s catchy campaign slogan, YES WE CAN!
Easy to navigate, pleasing to the eye and packed with fascinating observations, insights and steadfast predictions,
Easy to navigate, pleasing to the eye and packed with fascinating observations, insights and steadfast predictions, et!”Examples of the 120 items included on the website are the following:
From ‘The Primaries’ (March-May 2008):
*Can people ignore race issues in the 2008 elections?
*Why it is time for Jeremiah Wright to ‘shut his gob’, as we Brits would say
The Real Reason Barack Obama is Confounding the Pundits
From ‘The Battle Begins’ (Sept-Oct. 2008):
*Three Key Reasons Why The 2008 American Elections Are Making History
*Barack Obama on Hurricane Gustav: Why he is so different from other politicians
*Why the notion of valuing true diversity is a false and uncomfortable one!
From: American Election Day (4 November 2008):
*First to Vote at The Polls: A Moving Experience (Day 6) – Live from Chicago!
*Victory, Grant Park, high emotions and a brand new President… wowwowwow!! (Day 7)…Live from Chicago!
From: The New President-Elect (Nov-Dec. 2008):
*Barack Obama has proven it beyond a doubt: We need only three things to succeed in life
*Will Barack Obama Be a Victim of The “Thatcher Effect”?
*Obama And The Media: What Press Bias?
My Journey with Barack Obama can be accessed on http://www.barackobama-andme.com .