I have written much here about my thinking on Obama. I have repeatedly said that he would not win the presidency.
I was wrong. My analysis missed the massive heartfelt belief among many voters that Obama heralded historical hope and change.
Please allow me to congratulate my friends here and elsewhere who are celebrating their victory.
These are early moments. Here in South Africa Obama's election is being called "America's Madiba (Mandela) moment". I can see why to some extent.
In 1994 I voted for Nelson Mandela not because I was an African National Congress member, I was not.
I voted for Mandela because I wanted to believe that he represented a new epoch in the brutal modern history of South Africa. I remained hopeful and supportive through the honeymoon period and beyond.
My hope has faded. South Africa is not Mandela and Mandela proved not to be Mandela as he made decisions that confounded my thinking of what post-apartheid South Africa should have promised and achieved.
As far as race and racism go it is depressing to note that Obama did not even make a sizeable dent in the southern white vote. In fact, Bill Clinton, John Kerry, and Al Gore were able to draw more votes from those southern white folk.
Race has not been solved.
Even worse, the racist war that the US supports and funds against Palestineans will coninue under the first black president and his self described Zionist VP.
Still, these are early days for Obama. I do not want to rain on anyone's parade but I am not hopeful alongside my friends who believe his is a new era.