H.E. Barack Obama President-elect of the United States of America Washington, DC U.S.A.
Dear President-elect Obama,
Congratulations on your election as the President of the United States of America.
I am encouraged that the American people have chosen a President who
reflects America's diversity and her fundamental ideal that any person
can rise up to the highest office in the land. This is a proud moment
for America and one that will be celebrated by many peoples around the
The American Presidential elections are always a great
source of encouragement to people throughout the world who believe in
democracy, freedom and equality of opportunities.
May I also
commend the determination and moral courage that you have demonstrated
throughout the long campaign, as well as the kind heart and steady hand
that you often showed when challenged. I recall our own telephone
conversation this spring and these same essential qualities came
through in your concern for the situation in Tibet.
President of the United States, you will certainly have great and
difficult tasks before you, but also many opportunities to create
change in the lives of those millions who continue to struggle for
basic human needs. You must also remember and work for these people, wherever they may be.