May 6, 2008, 6:33 AM
The American people have spoken and they have spoken clearly even for the deaf to hear in a day that many described as historic not only for Americans but also Africans in general.
It was amazing listening to the news yesterday morning 5thNovember, the way it kept being repeated. The
description of the events in far away
In a televised victory speech in
For President-Elect Barack Obama, even as Americans
celebrate, they know the challenges that tomorrow will bring are the greatest
in his lifetime. "Even as we stand here tonight, we know that there are brave
Americans waking up in the deserts of
He added, "The road ahead will be long, a climb would be
steep, we may not get there in one year or even in one term but
According to President Obama, there would be setbacks and the government can't solve every problem but he will always be honest with Americans about the challenges they face. "I will listen to you especially when we disagree. Above all, I will ask you all to join in the work in remaking this nation".
As celebrations continues across the globe, the Point yesterday went out and about to get the reactions of Gambians about the news of Barack Obama being elected as the first black president of the United States.
First to talk to the Point is Mr. Femi Peters, Campaign manager of the opposition United Democratic Party and he has this to say, "As I said earlier, this is one of the toughest elections that has ever taken place in the U.S in terms of finance, organisation and administration. It involves for the first time in the history of the U.S an Afro-American.
"This is a tribute to American democracy. In every battle, there is always a winner and a loser, and the loser this morning is very magnanimous because he called the winner to congratulate him. This as far as I am concerned is an open significance of political maturity on the side of John McCain who happens to be the loser.
"I hope this example will be followed by others particularly
For one Hon.
Baboucarr Nyang, the ruling APRC National Assembly member for Banjul South,
this is history in that for the first time an African-American becomes the
President of America. "This will change the whole American political set-up and
for the world, Obama will be like President Kennedy who becomes the first
catholic president of the
Another happy supporter who spoke to the Point is Mr. Lamin Gaye, a banker, and he has this to say, ""This will no doubt
boost public confidence in the American economy given the victory. This is
something that is applauded by the entire world due to the fact that this is a
major turning point in the political history of
Speaking to Charles
Sarr Thomas who has studied in