Tuesday, January 20, 2009
History Before Your Eyes
Whether you voted for him or not, it is hard to ignore the historical significance of Barack Obama’s presidency. Depending on which news organization you pay attention to, he is either an inexperienced moron or the second coming of Christ or at the very least JFK. The answer, of course, lies somewhere in between.
He ran on a platform of hope and of change. He spoke eloquently of a government willing to do things different. He made grand, sweeping statements but spoke mostly in generalities before moving back toward the middle of the road. And the country responded. We as a people have said for years that we want someone in the white house who will do things differently. Politics as usual just won’t cut it anymore.
His inauguration speech was everything it needed to be. It was at once: uplifting, hopeful, stern, and a call to action. The American people, when energized behind a common goal can accomplish amazing things. My hope is that Obama is the spark that lights the flame beneath a nation on the ropes.
No president in history will be scrutinized more intensely during the first hundred days than Obama. I sincerely hope he is the kind of president he promised he could be. It is about time we had a rock star for a president. I just hope that he doesn’t burn out like most rock stars.