As President-Elect Obama continues to form his economic team and names individuals to various posts in his upcoming administration, I am impressed with his purpose, focus, and clarity around what needs to be done. And despite the rhetoric which would suggest otherwise, I am looking forward to the reversal of fortune I expect to come about as a result of his intentions once in office. It caused me to stop and think this morning as I listened to the news that we (I) could have been wrong about the man.
Well, OK, I can admit that he may not be the three-headed monster many made him out to be, but at the same time, he is far more liberal than I would prefer to see in a president. The country is evolving as seems inevitable, and change will come to us–dragging conservatives kicking and screaming down the road while liberals dance and shake timbrels under gaily decorated banners!
Ultimately, just as Mr Obama said, we have only one president at a time. The corollary to that is that whoever the president is, that is who it is. With all due respect, he (or she eventually) is the leader of the country and must be accepted and respected as such.
For all of my protestations over Californians and their attempt to overturn the results of the referendum on Gay Marriage—the point being that the vox populi had been heard through the exercise of the democratic process—the people have spoken loudly and clearly for Mr Obama to take the reins of this nation for at least the next four years.
For better or for worse, the marriage will be consumated on January 20, 2009—five days after the Martin Luther King Birthday holiday. A momentous occasion in this country and an event that will have the eyes of the world looking to the United States with anticipation rather than animosity.
We are turning the corner and like it or not, the future is ahead of us—in the middle of the road and there is no way around it!