Obama’s Momentum Replaces His Mojo

Caroline Cook

The term “mojo” originated in 1926 with regard to the African medicine man, Fulani. In addition, “mojo” has also been linked to the famous blues guitarist, Muddy Waters, and has been associated with everything from song lyrics by The Doors to a popular energy drink.

During President Barack Obama’s campaign, his supporters coined the phrase “Obama’s mojo” after witnessing the power of his speeches, and ability to grab the attention of voters across the nation.   Despite recent doubts, Obama’s still got it.

On Oct. 9, 2009, just a few days after a CNN debate, Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. This event sparked immediate reaction from all political quarters.
Some believe that Obama hasn’t accomplished enough to deserve the award, while others believe that he couldn’t be more deserving. Currently, critics and supporters alike are asking, “What has Obama accomplished?”

In reality, Obama’s mojo is really momentum; moving his plan forward. Although he is struggling to get his programs adopted by the Senate and the House of Representatives, he has succeeded in improving international diplomacy, and implementing his economic stimulus.

According to the Nobel Peace Prize committee, Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”
During the first nine months of his presidency Obama visited 16 countries with four more visits slated for this month. Regarding international diplomacy, Obama is focused on building international partnerships and has taken steps to rebuild foreign support for the United States by communicating with the Muslim world.

To advance understanding, foster peace, and reduce anti-American sentiment, Obama visited Egypt and delivered a passionate speech to address common interests and goals with Muslim peoples.
In September, Obama chaired the meeting of world leaders at the G-20 Economic Summit in Pittsburgh. This summit discussed further actions to guarantee a sound and sustainable recovery from the global financial and economic crisis.

In April 2009, Obama attended a NATO Summit in France, focusing on the elimination of nuclear weapons and United States’ commitment to climate change efforts.

Next, on the domestic front, Obama’s economic stimulus plan bailed out banks by giving them billions of dollars in loans so that they would not flounder and lose investors. His economic stimulus saved thousands of teaching jobs across the country. In California, the stimulus spared 62,000 jobs in public schools and state universities.

The novice African-American senator from Chicago galvanized his audience by activating large groups of Democratic voters with positive politics, including his slogan, “change we can believe in.”  He utilized the Internet as a motivational vehicle, and managed to knock the established Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, out of the running. Such intensity hadn’t been seen from a Democrat in over 20 years according to Bloomberg News.

Obama also signed into law “Cash for Clunkers 2009” which encouraged consumers to trade in older, less fuel-efficient cars for new vehicles with better fuel economy by providing a credit of $3,500-$4,500.

Although Obama is currently working on ensuring that all Americans have health care and insurance, he still faces much opposition from Republicans. Wholesale changes to the existing health care system frighten people who believe that they will not receive the same amount of coverage under the new plan that they receive under their current plan.

Overall, Obama has made great progress in many areas even if he hasn’t yet ended all of the United States’ problems. “Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future,” said the Nobel Peace Prize committee.

“His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world’s population.”
The prize recognizes that Barack Obama’s mojo is more akin to momentum and calls upon him to move his aspirations forward for the global good.