I’m not American, and I’m not black, so I don’t really understand why I, like many others, felt genuinely emotional at President Obama’s inauguration. I think we all claim a piece of him – whether you’ve simply despaired at the lack of intellectualism in politics, the dynastic origin of many US politicians or simply believed in aspiration and opportunity.
It also looks as though the US’s ‘Labor Laws’ are in his sights, with hot topics like union recognition and equal pay being very near the top of his agenda. He has also promised an employee-centric focus to corporate bailouts.
A shoutout : If any US employment / labor lawyers come here, I’d love to do a collaborative comparison of our laws.
Anyway, in a touch of irreverence, celebrate the new president with the Barack Obama tongue-twister song from Radio 1. It’s harder than you think.