This article is not about politics. This story is about acknowledging excellence where excellence is more than apparent. Barack Obama, whether you are a fan, or not, has done an amazing job for his country so far, especially given the circumstances. And here is why President Obama, deserves recognition not only as TIME Magazine’s 2012 Person of the Year, but as a world hero.
1. Humanity in front of human tragedy
The school shooting in Connecticut took the lives of 20 children and 6 teachers and staff members, and made the whole world mourn, helpless, in disbelief, that such a tragedy ever occurred. US President Barack Obama’s tears reminded us all of humanity. His faultless attitude and response added up. And now, it appears that the President is finally taking steps to control the spread of so-called assault weapons.
2. The human being behind the hype
At every step, President Obama reminds the world how to cherish what truly matters: family values. His picture perfect family life is not just a PR trick: it’s a statement of value. Aside being the most powerful man on earth, Obama is a husband, and a father. He is gentle, compassionate and brave. America may not see it yet, but since Lincoln, this is the most honest US president in history.
3. He is a man of the people
When he takes his oath as President of the USA for the second time on January 20, 2013, President Barack Obama becomes the first Democrat in more than 75 years to get a majority of the popular vote twice. Only five other Presidents have done that in all of U.S. history, according to TIME.
4. He made history… more than once
The 2009 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to U.S. President Barack Obama “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”
He tried to close Bush’s Guantanamo Bay detention camp. Sadly, the Congress refused to appropriate the required funds. But history was made: no one can deny the intent. America is a democracy. The President’s good intentions may have failed, but he proved why that Nobel Peace Prize was no accident.
Obama reduced the secrecy given to presidential records. America still shines as the beacon of freedom because of that.
He kept a major Presidential campaign promise: on December 22, 2010, Obama signed the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010, finally allowing gay and lesbian people to serve openly in the United States Armed Forces.
This list could go on and on.
5. He may have inspired the last step of the segregation
In 2008, blacks voted in the same numbers as whites for the first time in US history. In 2012 this happened again. And that’s not all, TIME tells us. Obama got 71% of Latinos, 93% of blacks, 73% of Asians and 60% of those under 30. What a great victory for the people who felt oppressed, for so many years. This man alone, restored America’s minorities’ belief in democracy. Obama is a true national hero. A world hero. And this cannot be denied.
I hope you will join this conversation and point out other amazing accomplishments of Obama and his government. He may still have a long way to go, but he already showed the world that America is on the right track. He fights with passion for his beliefs, a passion that lacked in the United States for over 4 mandates. The USA can look up to the future with pride. In the world, this president is the right ambassador.