Our New President, Barack Obama

On January 20th 2009 the United States witnessed a memorable and historical event. The inaguration of our new African-American President, Barack Hussein Obama. Barack Obama was born in Hawaii in 1961 to an American mother and a Kenyan father. When he was 2, his parents, who had met as students at the University of Hawaii, divorced. Obama’s Harvard-educated father then returned to Kenya, where he worked in the economics ministry. Obama lived in Indonesia with his mother and stepfather for part of his childhood, returning to Hawaii to finish high school.
Barack Obama.jpg He graduated from Columbia University and majored in political science and specialized in international relations. He then went to Harvard Law School and served as the first African-American President of the Harrvard Law Review. After law school, he worked as a community organizer and as a civil rights lawyer in Chicago. He also taught at the University of Chicago Law School as a senior lecturer specializing in constitutional law. Obama represented the South Side of Chicago in the Illinois State Senate from 1996-2004. In 2004, he was elected to the U.S. Senate. He became the only African American serving in the U.S. Senate (and the fifth in U.S. history). Barack Obama’s idealism and commitment to civil rights generated enormous enormous media attention for his Senate campaign. In 1995, Obama published an autobiography named Dreams From My Father and it became a best-seller during his 2004 Senate campaign. Another book he wrote, titled The Audacity of Hope, became a bestseller after it publication in 2006. To some, Barack Obama is an inspiration, to others he is a symbol of change, but to most baseball fans he is the remniscent of the great Jackie Robinson. When Jackie came to Major League Baseball in 1947 he was scrunitized, demortilized, and was under intrnse criticism from baseball fans all over the nation. He dealed with death notes,
Barack Obama and Jackie Robinson.jpgcurses, and all other kinds of demoralizing things that would have persuaded a player to quit playing the game forever. Instead of living in fear of the game though, Jackie Robinson played to the best of his ability. He sprinted on every ball he hit, fielded with his best glovework, and did the best he could to become the type of baseball plyer he wanted to be. When he retired in 1956 he went out as a player to be remembered, repected, and praised. Since he broke the baseball color barrier in 1947 he has inspired many great people (Martin Luther King Jr., Barack Obama) to achieve what they want to achieve in life. I’m now going to leave you with the lyrics to a song about the glory of the amazing Jackie Robinson.                         


Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball?

by Woodrow Buddy Johnson & Count Basie (1949)

Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball?

Did you see Jackie Robinson hit that ball?
It went zoomin cross the left field wall.
Yeah boy, yes, yes. Jackie hit that ball.

And when he swung his bat,
the crowd went wild,
because he knocked that ball a solid mile.
Yeah boy, yes, yes. Jackie hit that ball.

Satchel Paige is mellow,
so is Campanella,
Newcombe and Doby, too.
But it’s a natural fact,
when Jackie comes to bat,
the other team is through.

Did you see Jackie Robinson hit that ball?
Did he hit it? Yeah, and that ain’t all.
He stole home.
Yes, yes, Jackie’s real gone.

Did you see Jackie Robinson hit that ball?
Did he hit it? Yeah, and that ain’t all.
He stole home.
Yes, yes, Jackie’s real gone.
Jackie’s is a real gone guy.

Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball?

Congratulations Barack Obama on becoming the 44th President of the United States of America.

The Manoman   


Posted on January 20, 2009, in Dailies, MLB and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Simply beautiful Manoman! And you are right, President Obama will be under the microscope as everyone debates his every move. I wish him much luck and success. The World is celebrating with us tonight. Let’s hope that the feelings we have today carry over into tomorrow.


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