Three years ago, I was in a hotel in Washington DC for a conference. I happened to walk into the meeting room at the same time as another delegate. We took an instant liking to each other and chatted about our hopes and dreams. He spoke about his ambition to be President of the United States of America. As I looked at this confident, young black man, I wondered if his dream was realistic. We exchanged cards and agreed to stay in touch. I remember looking at his card more closely because of his unusual sounding name. It was Barack Obama.
This week he achieved his dream. In his victory speech, he used the phrase “yes we can”. He does not take office until 20th January, but the election result is inspiring. It encourages people of all colours and backgrounds to believe that they can achieve their dreams. This is not just an American Dream. This can be our dream.