Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Turning the Corner

It was a day like any other. I got up, fixed a cup of hot chocolate, and sat down to read e-mails.

But it was also a day like no other. Because after I finished my web browsing and cocoa drinking, I turned on the TV in time to see Barack Hussein Obama step into the bright light and frozen chill of our capital.

Today was like no other because today we ended eight years of failed policies, cronyism, elitism, unbridled hubris and self-centered lawlessness. Today a man stepped onto the world's biggest stage, at one of its most critical times and said, yes, I will take on the challenges we face together. I have put together a team of bright minds and I will attempt to lead us all to the brighter future we all envision.

Of all the candidates I have voted for, I have never had one I truly felt confident following. President Obama isn't perfect, or a savior, and he will surely make mistakes. I was too young to experience the surge of hope and optimism surrounding the election of JFK, but unlike LBJ or Nixon or Ford or Carter or Reagan or Bush I or Clinton or Bush II, Obama brings with him not only a fiery brilliance, but a sense of calm leadership and sincere longing for public service that gives me a confidence I have never before had in a leader. Everything I see about the man makes me believe he will not only make the hard decisions, but the smart ones, as well.

Perhaps our global economy and culture are too complicated and intertwined for one man to competently nudge them in the direction we think we ought to go. But constitutionally, we can have only person in charge. I'm very glad it's Barack Obama.


goooooood girl said...

your blog is very fine......


I appreciate your thoughts on our new president. I have a lot of confidence in him, too. (Although I have a few moral disagreements with him, but he seems much more willing to hear both sides of any argument and do what's best for the common good than other leaders we've had. Not to mention he can speak intelligently and use correct grammar without a teleprompter!)

The thing I love most about your post is that you didn't mention how Obama is black. It's nice to finally hear someone talk about his merits and character rather than the color of his skin. Yes, it is important to note that he is the first black president in the US, but that is not what qualified him for the position and I worry that too many people simply voted for him because he is black.