Ever since Barack Obama was elected on November 4th, I’ve been hopeful of the future of this country. His newness and energy has been a breath of fresh air for a great many people. The situation of this country and the world for that matter can be referred to as grim by the most optimistic of people. I fear the Americans who have voted for him, see him as the savior of the country’s ills. And so, expect him to wave his hand and their lives will suddenly be better. The unemployed will have jobs, the economy will recover, the soldiers will come home to their families, the polar ice caps will stop melting, and all will be well. The people who did not vote for him will expect the same. If Obama does not deliver on the majority of his promises, they will proclaim Obama to be all talk and no positive outcome. Or they will rail on him for being misguided or making poor decisions. Being president in the most agreeable of times is the most difficult job a person could have. In these trying times the job is near impossible, especially with those looking for the first hint of folly or weakness. People are not patient by nature and they will expect very much in a short period of time. But, it is my hope that people give him, and congress, time to pass legislation and time to allow the legislation to take effect. It is not Obama I am worried about, its the expectations that worry me and I doubt I am alone with this fear.
Posted by: hillad | January 12, 2009