"They said this day would never come,they said our sights were set too high. They said this country was too divided -- too disillusioned to ever come together around a common purpose.We are one nation. We are one people. And our time for change has come. One day, the American people will look back on the 2008 Iowa caucuses and say, "This is the moment when it all began."
Yesterday , in the schools, gymnasiums and firehouses of a snow covered Iowa ,an avalanche of hope and optimism cascaded into a concrete win for Senator Obama - streams of inspired people showed up in freezing temperatures to show their desire for change and announce the presence of a new generation . Last night his inspirational victory speech invoked comparisons to Martin Luther King by Republican commentator David Gergen .
Obama stands and speaks for a new generation - Obama stands and speaks for a new face of America , where politics of calculations and politics of shifting positions on the basis of straw polls are no longer convenient nor appealing . In winning by an unexpected wide margin in the sixth most whitest state in the Union , Barack has shown that our generation has moved beyond the old intricacies of race and biased politics - a person who inspires and uplifts you and challenges you to a better world can rise over all these divisions of lines and colors , of pessimism and fear.
I met Senator Obama in a crowded hall in downtown Oakland seven months ago escaping from work - and realized he is bringing something unique to this equation . Coming from the streets of Dhaka ,meeting and marrying a girl from Caracas,Venezuela in Los Angeles during my years at UCLA - and then having a daughter who speaks fluent Spanish and declares in her speech at school " My father is from Bangladesh , and my mother is from Venezuela , and I am a proud American !" - Obama speaks for me .He speaks for an entire changing face of America who cannot find the correct ethnicity on the census questionnaire anymore - and tells them we all have a stake in this equation of America ! Here is the person who embodies the true politics of inclusion , politics of hope and the politics of challenging ones greatness in oneself ! Here is a person who truly believes what he says , not someone who woke up one day and supported an unjustified War where hundreds of young middle income kids from the midwest and poor urban cities were dying with scoreless Iraqis for no apparent reason , not someone who foregoes her beliefs and supports the War so she could "look" presidential and sway enough percentages of southern votes to win an election ! Obama is made different , he speaks different and his feet is firmly planted in what he believes in .
Thank You Iowa , you made history today - you showed America how to bring in a new day in American Politics - and you showed the world what America really stands for !