It has often been said in Ghana that, our election of presidents over the fourth republic follows the pattern that the United States goes.
Whichever way that you want to believe or take it, seems the pattern coincided one more time when the Democrats led by President Barack Obama won a second term to run the nation.
In the case of Ghana, the ruling national party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) led by John Mahama won the December 7th 2012 elections for the second term and the first term for the current President Mahama.
After Barack Obama’s inauguration speech delivered on 21st January 2013, I decided to go back to that of President Mahama’s which was delivered on January 7th 2013, and I found a few similarities of a sort worth comparing.
Enjoy my little pairing of what I feel was in a way similar in their deliveries.
“Ghana’s past is filled with one example after the other of courage, sacrifice and perseverance. Ghana’s past is defined by heroic men and women pioneers, visionaries, patriots”.
“As a nation we need to ensure that America’s freedoms are protected, for history tells us that while these truths may be self-evident, they’ve never been self-executing. That while freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured by His people here on earth.”
Complacency and frustration can entice us into believing that we are insignificant players stuck somehow in the background of a bigger picture, or that we are incapable of making a difference. But history itself has proven that nothing could be further from the truth.
“It is now our generation’s task to carry on what those pioneers began, for our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts,”
We all, each and every one of us, have a role to play in the growth and development of our beloved mother Ghana. In our hands—yours as well as mine—rests the success or failure of Ghana’s future.
“You and I, as citizens, have the power to set this country’s course. You and I, as citizens, have the obligation to shape the debates of our time, not only with the votes we cast, but the voices we lift in defense of our most ancient values and enduring ideas,” he concluded. “With common effort and common purpose, with passion and dedication, let us answer the call of history and carry into an uncertain future that precious light of freedom.”
We need to look beyond temporary fixes to find lasting solutions for the complications we’ve experienced with power, water and sanitation.
“We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations”.
“Each time we gather to inaugurate a president, we bear witness to the enduring strength of our Constitution,”
“We affirm the promise of our democracy. We recall that what binds this nation together are not the colors of our skin or the tenets of our faith or the origins of our names.”
“What makes us exceptional, what makes us America is our allegiance to an idea articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”
“I have taken an oath that as president of this nation, I will work hard to place us on the right path, and I will lead us over the hurdles and past the obstacles that might threaten to keep us from meeting our goals. The promises that I have made are promises that I intend to keep”.
“For we, the people, understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it,” he noted, adding that the nation was bound by “an oath to God and country, not party or faction.”
“Of course, every society has its share of people who would rather talk and complain about what is wrong, than devote their time and efforts to do what it takes to make things right”.
“Ghana is on the cusp of enormous transformation. We are moving forward at a rapid pace. New resources are at our disposal; new alliances are being formed. The opportunities posed by these gains could result in a self-sufficiency that was always imagined and desired, but was never a realistic occurrence in the foreseeable future, not in the way it is right now”.
“With common effort and common purpose, with passion and dedication, let us answer the call of history and carry into an uncertain future that precious light of freedom.”
Well these are excerpts picked from both presidents’ speeches on their inaugurations here in Ghana and over there in the United States of America.
Ghana news Agency
US Magazine Weekly