Obama sworn in today
Today’s the day
If you feel like watching the historic inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States, feel free to tune in here, starting at 10:00am!
Never before have I witnessed so many people almost hysterical about the new President. In fact, it’s quite nice to see so many citizens flocking to the Commander in Chief. You even have young children, who know jack squat about politics, making Obama drawings! (This past weekends NY Daily News).
Many folks also seem to be capitalizing on this unprecedented moment in our history. All sorts of promotional and marketing material, in the form of t-shirts, bumper stickers, bags, and pretty much everything else.
Certainly a lot better than civil unrest and calls for impeachment.
But why? And is “change” really possible?
Now the purpose of this post is to have a sensible discussion about how all this change will happen, how campaign promises will be kept, and will you, me and the person next to you actually “feel” this change personally? Remember almost half the people in this country voted for the other guy.
Just a better campaign? – Did Obama win on his credentials and platform? Or did he win because he had run a better campaign, more high-tech, connecting with younger voters? In other words, “played a better game?” Now that pretty much everyone respects the power of technology and instant communications, what will happen in 2012?
Who, when and how? – Exactly who are going to be the recipients of this much ballyhooed “change?” Privileged businesses? The poor working class? When will this change take place? What if it doesn’t happen? Will people blame the “previous administration” for any failed efforts by Obama? And how will the change be felt most? Economically? (Tax breaks, millions of new jobs, market recoveries (stock, real estate), etc.)? What about foreign relations? Will the war stop in Iraq? How will future threats from enemies of the U.S. be handled? What about in a crisis?
Obama’s Team – We all know that the country cannot be run by one single man (you got that cameraman?) What do you think of his appointments? Aides, Cabinet members, etc? Were they hand-picked to pave the way for smooth passage of whatever Obama and the Democrats want to do? Are we losing our right to choose what’s best as a whole? Or will America once again show the world how to run a country?
While it’s very nice to see the country apparently “coming together” almost like a concert at Woodstock – I’d like to make sure people aren’t getting fooled once again. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for positive change that benefits every man, woman and child. I just won’t celebrate and jump for joy until I see proof.
(FEEL FREE TO ADD YOUR OWN ANSWERS)
Oh, and here’s a fun interactive chart from the Financial Times you can play with…
I think I need to change my pants today.