Obama and Biden, the team in charge for the next four years?|
I've been up following the political coverage even though I'm very tired. Wow! So we now have a new president, Barack Obama, and a vice president, Joe Biden, from little Delaware! Can you believe it? Yesterday was a crazy day and I didn't end up voting for reasons that I don't want to discuss here, but I really did want to vote. If I'm alive for the next election, I'll be better prepared. I am happy with the election results this morning. I have to say that Obama's acceptance speech did radiate much energy, hope and optimism, and I actually enjoyed his oratory style much more than Bush's. The cynic in me wonders how much difference a president can really make and whether Obama will be able to live up to the tremendous expectations people have of him. It's going to take a lot more than enthusiasm and good oration to pull us through the challenges we face, but maybe in these bad times, we need to at least start with a voice of optimism and hope. It just seems like the whole country, and maybe even the whole world, has been in a collective bad mood for so long that we can't see any way out of it. It's going to be interesting to see what happens. The one thing we know for sure is that things aren't going to get better overnight, no matter who has the unenviable job of president. Obama will have his share of enemies like any other president has, and the media will be ready to rip him apart probably before he even gets started. Even with the best of intentions, it can be hard to do a job when you have so many forces conspiring against you, and it eventually takes a physical and mental tole. Obama sure has his hands full with problems already. This country has been in a horrible mess for a very long time, and optimism definitely is in short supply. I'm registered as an independent, and I don't have much love at all for either of the political parties, but one thing I am sure of is that we just can't keep traveling along the same path we've been on for the past eight years. I think I've always had the belief that, even if the person I voted for doesn't win, that person at least deserves the benefit of the doubt and a chance to demonstrate what they're made of. Honestly, as an American watching her country fall to pieces more and more every day, I just hope Obama has the guts, intellect and energy to do whatever it takes to at least start to turn things around.
Current Mood: hopeful