Black Man Given Nation’s Worst Job

From The Onion:

“WASHINGTON—African-American man Barack Obama, 47, was given the least-desirable job in the entire country Tuesday when he was elected president of the United States of America. In his new high-stress, low-reward position, Obama will be charged with such tasks as completely overhauling the nation’s broken-down economy, repairing the crumbling infrastructure, and generally having to please more than 300 million Americans and cater to their every whim on a daily basis. As part of his duties, the black man will have to spend four to eight years cleaning up the messes other people left behind. The job comes with such intense scrutiny and so certain a guarantee of failure that only one other person even bothered applying for it. Said scholar and activist Mark L. Denton, “It just goes to show you that, in this country, a black man still can’t catch a break.””

Great job, America.

All my life, I’ve been a huge US fan. When I graduated from High School, my parents gave me a book with New York photos as a present. My visit to NYC in 1998 was one of the highlights of my life.

For the last 8 years, the US seemed like a totally different place. When I visited San Francisco in 2007, I sensed a tightness and tension in people that made me feel uncomfortable being there.

Over the last 11 months, I followed the primaries and the campaigns closely, through Meet the Press and other podcasts, blogs and twitter friends. It felt like there was something in the making, hope, and the possibility of better times.

Maybe John McCain would have been a great president, but I don’t think that matters this time. This time, inspiration and the power to unite is just more important.

Let’s bring back the land of the free. Let the world see that the american dream is something worth yearning for.

On german TV, I hear lots of people speak of anti-americanism that they think they see over here. I can’t see any of that. For over 60 years now, we’ve been looking up to America. It wasn’t so easy to do that for the last 8 years, and we even learned to voice criticism. But that’s not a bad thing amongst friends, is it?

I’m looking forward to 2009+

Thank you for giving me back those warm fuzzy feelings. I missed them.


  1. As a white South African that grew up in the apartheid era, who voted for change, and then saw that change being fulfulled in the form of Nelson Mandela I can only say one thing. Obama is young, watch this black man change the world for the better good of all humanity.

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