5 Nov 2008

American Samoa congressman hails Obama victory

9:13 pm on 5 November 2008

American Samoa 's Democratic Congressman has hailed the victory of Barrack Obama in the United States presidential election as the most significant US election result in the past century.

Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin had predicted the Democrat to become the first African American president of the United States.

Faleomavaega, who is running for his 11th term as American Samoa's non voting delegate to Congress, says the Obama victory is good for the whole nation, including its US Pacific territories.

The congressman says Barak Obama's victory is the most historically significant American election result for one hundred years, showing that America is putting the issue of race behind it:

"And that issues, the character of the man (are what matter)... which is what Dr Martin Luther King Jr had dreamed about some sixty years ago, that one day his children would not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character. And I have to say to the American people, I'm just so proud to see that they made the judgement on the character of the man and not because of his race."

Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin