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NIAC Congratulates President Elect Barack Obama

Press Release by National Iranian American Council (NIAC)

NIAC congratulates President Elect Barack Obama on his historic victory on November 4, 2008. This victory represents many 'firsts' for the United States of America. One of the most important 'firsts' is the overwhelming success of a campaign that chose to elevate the public discourse by rejecting the politics of destruction. President Elect Obama avoided using the kind of personal attacks that have become too common in American political discourse and proved that running a positive, issues-based campaign can be a success.

This is an important lesson for the United States as a whole, and particularly for the Iranian-American community. For too long, political advancement has been achieved not by excelling in the deliverance of services to the community, but by undercutting the work and reputation of others.

Obama's historic success and his refusal to reciprocate attacks against his persona serve as important reminders of the true meaning of leadership and commitment to the public good.

NIAC would also like to congratulate the thousands of Iranian Americans who participated in the election by organizing in their communities, raising or donating money, or simply by voting.

Though we may not all be satisfied with the outcome of the election, we can all be proud of the unprecedented level of Iranian-American participation in the democratic process this year.

Now our task is to ensure that this burst of activity is not the exception to the rule, but rather the beginning of an important change in our community's commitment to civic engagement.

... Payvand News - 11/07/08 ... --

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