I know what many Americans are hoping for come January 20th: Instant change. The hope is that this president-elect, who America voted for overwhelmingly, will somehow be able to succeed where every single other president in our history has failed*: putting their money where their mouth is.
I fear that many are expecting to see headlines proclaiming ridiculous things like “Obama fixes economy single handedly!” or “Israel ,Hamas throw down arms and sing Kumbaya”, or even “ Quick action by U.S. President saves world!”, and are going to be sorely disappointed.
Obama is very charismatic, idealistic and young. He certainly knows how to generate a large following of loyal supporters, and that certainly *is* something we need right now. We need someone who can unite the country, and I feel that he could potentially DO that, as much as can be done these days. Beyond that, though, I don’t expect any miracles out of him.
It’s pretty amazing, really, how downright enamored we are with this guy. I just wonder how long it will be before we start hearing people moaning and groaning about the latest thing President Obama did, shows like SNL start parodying him and the late night talk shows start adding scathing jokes about him to their monologues. He *is* human, and he *will* disappoint some, if not all, of us at some point in his presidency.
I simply don’t expect very much from the incoming administration. He is, after all, a politician.