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Barack: Because of What Is Coming It Feels As If You Were Never President Of The United States: A Nostalgic Reflection

Barack: Because of What Is Coming It Feels As If You Were Never President Of The United States: A Nostalgic Reflection

History is repeating itself where mighty dreams, hope and incredible progress wrought by one man is threatened to be flattened by the deliberate injection of the opposite man. Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first Black Person on the SCOTUSĀ  represented and brought a lot of hope for the neglected by ascending to the Supreme Court of the United States. He was replaced by the second Black person, Clarence Thomas, to deliberately destroy whatever Marshall had represented. So It is with Barack and his replacement by Donald Trump who is on course to reverse the dawn and light of hope in America and the world.

I have reread three dozen glossy magazine covers and front cover newspaper headlines that appeared after the victory of Obama in November 2008 and his inauguration on January 20th, 2009 and I am filled with nostalgia. It feels as if Obama was never the President of the United States. This is partly because of the foreboding of what is coming. It is also because of the energy and hope exuding from thoseĀ  newspaper and magazine covers that appear not to have been realized. Time was too short. The new threat is too alarming.

>> Rolling Stone simply wrote: “Barack Obama and the Triumph of Hope”; People Magazine wrote, ” A New Day”; Newweek pointed out, “Obama’s American Dream”; The Economist said “It’s Time” ; The Atlantic asked, ” The End of White America?” and on and on the covers chimed. The New York Times said it all on the front cover on November 5th, 2008: “OBAMA: Racial Barrier Falls in Decisive Victory”.

November 4 and 5, 2008 and January 20 and 21, 2009 will forever live in our memories. The world was launched into a dosage of energy and hope that we yearn to replicate in the future. Was it too good to be true? So long Obama

Dr. Munyonzwe Hamalengwa
Senior Lecturer School of Law Zambian Open University Lusaka, Zambia