Historic Occasion

I would be remiss if I did not take an opportunity to mention today's impending historic and newsworthy event...

The inauguration of the 44th President of the United States... Barack Obama.

While it is true that Mr. Obama was not "my guy" this election (neither was his "primary opposition" John McCain for that matter) - as the "soon to be" newly appointed President of the United States, he takes his seat in the highest office in the land with my best wishes and initial support.   

 

In the past 12 months, we have watched our economy "circle the bowl".  I have friends and acquaintances that are, or have dealt with layoffs, unemployment, devalued investments, and home foreclosures.  I have no doubt that almost anyone reading this has (directly or indirectly) been touched by the ill effects of our soured economy.

 

Regardless of your political viewpoint or stand on the issues (or who is to blame for the mess we are in), it's hard to deny that there is a level of optimism in the air.  Optimism that we have not seen in a great many years.  I believe many are under the impression that President Obama may take or economy back to a state of strengthened stability, back to a level of healthy growth, growth that we can actually sustain. 

Personally, I unsure if he can do it...  Correction... I am quite SURE he will NOT be able to do it, at least not single handedly. 

A successful economic recovery will require changes in our lifestyles, wiser financial choices, some personal accountability to the lifestyle and financial decisions we make (both good and bad) along with an open minded approach to affect that change from ALL OF US (from the President of the United States, all the way down the chain to little ol' you and me) to be successful.  A continuation of the ways we have been operating will surly doom us to failure 

 

Weather or not we can do that is yet to be seen.  For our sake, the sake of our economy, and the sake of the state in which we are going to leave this country to our children, I'll keep an open mind.  I am going to give President Barack Obama the opportunity to do so, and the benefit of my doubt, that things can and will get better for us.

 

Best of Luck President Obama.

6 comments:

  1. Well said!

    I didn't vote for Obama either, but he is my president now and I wish him well.

    Isn't it great that Americans can disagree so wholeheartedly and heatedly, then after the vote is cast, come together peacefully to try to make things work?!!!

    God bless America!

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  2. Ditto to everything you said.

    I hope that the masses realize that change takes time . . . it will not happen overnight . . . it will not happen in 6 months or a year or one presidential term for that matter.

    We're all accountable and we all need to take responsibility.

    Best of luck to all!

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  3. I still fight the urge to collapse into the fetal position. I will stand strong and be optimistic and keep building up my year's supply of food. Although I doubt we'll get out of this any time soon, I am proud to be a part of a nation of people who are still generous and good-hearted, even in hard times.

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  4. One thing that I liked most about his speech yesterday was that he talked about having to make sacrifices. All of us, not just some. He talked about the road ahead being tough and that we would all have to do things differently in order to change our country for the good. I know President Obama cannot do this on his own and will not fix all of our countries problems. I do feel that he will make a huge impact on our lives as Americans and start to undo some of the bad that President Bush did.

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  5. I'm having a really hard time accepting this, even today. And every time I hear a news story about the Obama kids and their little private school, even though I know that public school would be a disaster, I can't help but cluck my tongue and shake my head.

    The phrase, "Good for the goose..." roles round and round.
    I agree though, good luck dude, cuz you're gonna need it. But I also fear the irreversible mistakes that are going to be made along the way.

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  6. So far, he's really been pushing the message of motivation and that all of us need pick ourselves up and fix this on our own. Great message. I too sense the hope but will maintain my wait and see attitude. He's gonna need more then 3 days :)

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