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Well, duh got some people in America today – they are called Republicans – who gine be talking and carrying on as duh like. Some o’ dem gine be getting on just like how we in Barbados does do when things in politics doan guh the way we want dem tuh; but like it or not, Obama is the man tuh lead the United States of America fuh the next four or so years. You think dat some people, especially the blacks, woulda leh Mitt Romney come, beat and trample all ovah Obama? Oh no, I ain’t care who duh is. You think dat dem woulda stand by and let Obama just be a one-term president? Not at all. You think dat dem woulda stand home and doan go out and vote? Not this time around; I doan think so. Look, howevah duh feel bout Obama, he is the man. He is the one who made history by being the first black president and despite all the talk, speculation, opinions and polls from all o’ dem political experts, he is the one who, as I said before, will be around for another term and the one who they will continue tuh say Mr President tuh. So, Mitt Romney and his thousands o’ faithful Republican followers will have tuh lick duh wounds, go back tuh the drawing board and come again four years from now when this term is over and Obama could hand over the reins tuh somebody else, and gracefully bow out. He ain’t gine have tuh be fighting up wid nuhbody tuh hold on tuh nuh presidency position; he will be in a position tuh watch other people scratching and tearing out one another eyeballs fuh the position he held, and then he will leave the White House as a proud black man, having completed his time and mission. Ya know the president of the United States of America does only do two terms in office. It ain’t like ’bout here in the Caribbean, where people does want tuh be in the driver’s seat fuh duh entire lifetime. You know wha’ I talking ’bout too! Sometimes you would think dat somebody would have died and left it in duh will dat these politicians should be in power fuh a lifetime – mine, yours and dem wun. And, look, fuh some o’ dem it does be old hell tuh leh go, ya know? Some o’ dem does be gine ’long kicking and screaming like a child who doan want tuh release he favourite toy. Duh ain’t know one frupse ’bout gracefully bowing out. Fuh example, look at how dat sort o’ thing does mess up countries; look at how it got Cuba. Castro sick as a dog, he could hardly lift up he head, so he appointed his brother Raul tuh do the job. Look at the Duvaliers, the “Papa Doc” and “Baby Doc”, in Haiti. Up tuh now poor Haiti cahn catch itself fuh thy kingdom come; it still reeling from all the lot o’ strife and stress from years and years o’ violence and oppression. Fuh donkey years the Birds did running Antigua, and I mean literally running it. When the father was young and healthy, he was in charge, and then it was he son or sons and nephews. Look, generations o’ Birds run Antigua fuh umpteen years and nuh matter what they did, nobody like duh couldn’t get dem moved. Not so in the States. Ya does serve a certain time and leave the people place wid more gray hair than when ya come in. I am more than happy for the Obamas and I pray, like a whole lot o’ people around the world, dat first he and his family will be safe, and dat wid all the decision-making and presidential engagements and responsibilities, this term will be even better than the first one. • Mavis Beckles was born and raised in The Orleans and has an opinion on everything.