The American people have written a glorious page in their history by electing for the first time a non-white as their president. The story began in December 1955 when an ordinary woman named Rosa Park refused to give her seat on a bus to a white man in the segregated blacks and whites bus system and was duly arrested. The incident sparked protests outside the court house that grew throughout America. After a 381 days boycott of public transport by the blacks and organised rallies joined by all black leaders including Dr Martin Luther King, the Supreme Court ruled segregation on public transport as illegal. Later, the black community challenged all segregation laws that brought them in the mainstream with equal opportunities with the whites guaranteed by law. On January 20, 2009 fifty four years later, a half black with a Kenyan father and a white mother from Kansas will be sworn in as the 44th. President of the United States of America that will make him the most powerful man in the world of today. The most significant feature of the 21 months hard-fought multi-million dollar presidential election campaign, is the remarkable tolerance and responsibility shown by the media and the contestants that controlled and refrained from exploiting sensitive issues for sensationalism that had the potential of giving an ugly turn to the campaign. The candidacy of Barack Obama, a first time senator from Illinois, was a test for the maturity of the American people and the American institutions. A relatively unknown self-made figure with a modest background and a Muslim middle name, whose three times married real father died in a car crash under the influence of alcohol in his home country, who was brought up partially overseas by his Indonesian Muslim step father and partially in Hawaii by grand parents and who had little experience of statecraft could be an easy target for brutal dissection by the media and the opponents. However, with the exception of early references, the media and the rivals never crossed the barriers of the sensitive issues of race and religion. America has succeeded in quietly bringing a social revolution where blacks, who were not allowed on the same bench in the park or attend the same schools as Whites a few decades ago and women who did not have a right of vote till 1920, have become serious contenders for the highest public office in the land. Six out of ten women are thought to have backed and a little less than half of White males voted for Obama extending a new dimension to race relations and putting an end to human suffrage of their black population. The Obama victory has surpassed the projections of the polls exhibiting an unambiguous disdain of the American voters for the war mongering policies of George W Bush that consumed a record surplus he inherited eight years ago, on his wars that he is losing both in Iraq and Afghanistan without achieving any of his targets, that brought about a record deficit pushing America into a recession and economic melt down and that has made the United States an unpopular state in rest of the world. The change that Obama has been promising is likely to exceed his expectations. Not only the black community will gain a tremendous confidence to integrate better in the social fibre and contribute more effectively, the third world will get a boost by his attitude and rationality expressed all through the campaign. The landslide electoral victory and the control of both the White House and the Congress for the first time since 1994 will make him a strong president enabling him to fulfil his promises to get his forces out of Iraq, hold unconditional dialogues with Iran and other nations labelled as rogue states by his predecessor, providing not only defence but infrastructural development assistance to Pakistan and steering America to a new direction. Our US ambassador is reported to have attended the Republican convention meetings of President Asif Zardari with the Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin, mostly Republican legislators and only a telephone conversation with the Democrat Vice Presidential candidate Joe Biden during Mr Zardari's first visit to New York as President of Pakistan. Most of the American Pakistanis voted for Obama. Here in Pakistan there is talk of his mother having spent time working in Pakistan, his visit to Karachi and partridge hunting in Jacobabad as a guest of a Pakistani friend as a twenty year old in the eighties. It is in the interest of our government to diplomatically but expeditiously come out of the long association with the Republicans and mend fences with the new establishment of the Democrats.   There are several lessons for us to learn. We have been shown a way to end racial and regional prejudices and to treat all our citizens equally. The McCain conceding speech was full of grace without any sign of recrimination for the opponent, in total acceptance of the verdict and the will of the people, acceptance of the failure as his without giving up his ideology or abandoning his associates and recognising the president-elect as his president. We saw no evidence of any divisive policy statements or any doubts cast on any one's patriotism. No government funds, logistical support or pressures were utilised to give an edge to the candidate of the incumbent Republicans as seen by the considerably larger campaign funds generated by the Democrat candidate. The candidates were ruthlessly scrutinised for their beliefs, character and personal assets. Above all every one had faith and pride in their nation. We are far behind the Americans in every way but at least we can follow their direction. The writer is an engineer and an entrepreneur