For an embattled President, Barack Obama was remarkably cool when he showed up at Harvard University on 4th July (America’s Independence Day). The morning was spent in the White House in Washington D.C. and straight after his official engagements he and his family boarded the flight to Havard, his alma mater (and also alma mater of his wife, Michelle, the First Lady).
Havard alumni had summoned the troops to rally round and back Barack for a second term. The cryptic message was: “The Time Is Now” (rather than wait for the mid-term elections or “examination” in November). Yale University had been fingered as the culprit behind Obama’s travails – Yale is determined to deal a lethal blow to Havard’s claim to primacy among America’s Ivy League universities.
The plot was unfolding – Yale has produced two recent presidents – Bill Clinton and George W. Bush who both served two terms. Yale almost produced their successor – Hilary Clinton, who is currently serving as Obama’s Secretary of State.
The plotters are determined to scuttle Obama’s second term particularly as it offers the prospects of Havard producing his successor – none other than his wife Michelle, ex-Havard, who could then proceed to demand a second term. This would even the score – sixteen years for Yale and sixteen years for Havard. Yale is not prepared to settle for a tie, now that it has got Havard over the barrel of a gun. Obama was remarkably relaxed. When he got up to deliver his address, he jokingly declared: “I am not here to talk politics. You know I am a ladies’ man. I am here with my wife Michelle and my two daughters, Malia Ann (10 years old) and Sasha (Natasha) (7 years old).
This is my first visit back at Havard since I became President of the United States of America. My job description makes it clear that it is my responsibility to make America safe. I want my wife and children as well as every American citizen to feel safe wherever they are, be it in America or on foreign lands. You all know what a great battle we fought to get the Health Insurance Act through congress. We are also tackling immigration. Time will not permit me to dwell too long on what we have achieved with the bail out funds and the number of jobs we have saved. The economy is slowly clawing its way back to prosperity.
As for the oil spill in Lousiana, we have a grip on the situation. We are holding BP fully accountable – along with their lawyers, bankers and auditors. I thank you all for coming and for your heartfelt concern about my second term. At the right time, we shall cross that bridge. Today, Michelle and I are just taking our daughters around Harvard and after that we shall visit my old room and Michelle’s. We want our children to believe in the American dream which imposes no limit on what you can achieve provided you are willing to work hard. Our founding fathers did not make a mistake when they declared America the land of the free and the home of the brave.
For good measure, they added: All men (and women) are created equal in the pursuit of happiness. I also want my daughters to be proud of their African heritage. We are descendants of strong men who were noble and brave.
They are just beginning to read stuff about Africa but not all of it is good news. Sample: “Sunday Champion” newspaper (July 4, 2010) Headline: “NIGERIAN LEADERS ARE EVIL.” “Governor Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State has said posterity would not forgive the nation’s leadership if it fails to make life bearable for Nigerians.
“Today, we are faced with the challenges of nation-building. God will not forgive us if we do not make life bearable for those we govern,” he said on Wednesday in Jos during the fund raising ceremony for the construction of the International Centre for Law and Diplomacy and presentation of the law journal of the University of Jos.
Yuguda said Nigeria was a blessed country, endowed with material and human resources that had not been effectively harnessed for the benefit of all Nigerians. “We are endowed with natural and human resources with which God has blessed us enormously. If we do the wrong things, God will ask us,” he said, adding: “Nigeria is a unique country with heterogeneous people, who have chosen to live together and should be allowed to do so.”