Today marks the transition of power from our 43rd president, President George W. Bush, to our 44th president, President Barack Obama. Millions of people are crowding into Washington D.C. to see the inauguration. People are making mention of Obama and Martin Luther King Jr. and their respective roles in the civil rights movement. In the past few weeks leading up to this day people have likened President Obama with former President Lincoln. Everyone seems to have one word on their mind as this man takes office: Hope.
President Obama has a very tough job ahead of him. He’s inheriting a country with a very bad economic crisis and two wars (one of which our commanding generals say we’re losing). Millions of Americans have lost their jobs and millions more might still. Unemployment is on the verge of being in the double digits percentage wise and our economy is slowly grinding to a halt. Large corporations who have never had layoffs in their existence have just announced their first ever layoffs… it’s a very bleak picture. Somehow though, through all of this, one man has managed to stir up hope in millions. One man has gone from an unlikely candidate for president to actually getting elected and eliciting the one thing that seemed to have been lost: Hope.
I don’t care much about the color of his skin. Is it historic that he’s our nation’s first black president? Sure. Is it all that shocking that it happened? Not really. There was a black man portraying the president in Fox’s hit series “24”, a few seasons ago. There have been other instances in Hollywood of black presidents. There was no major outcry by this. It did not seem outrageous or preposterous – it simply was. It was 100% completely plausible.
What I do care about are his policies, just like everybody else should. I’m not paying attention to the fact that he’s the first black president – I’m paying attention to his proposed tax stimulus. I’m paying attention to his plans for Iraq and Afghanistan. I’m paying attention to how he plans on fixing our economic plight. I’m paying attention to how well he will work with congress and live up to his call for bipartisan politics. I’m paying attention to his actions as a president, because, y’know, that’s what’s really important here.
It’s great that he’s inspired hope in a lot of people. I just hope that, through careful execution and a clear vision that will lead to success, he won’t let everyone down. Only time will tell.