Ushering in the Obama era

Several people I know are now in the Washington DC area in order to attend the inauguration of Barack Obama as President of the United States; and another friend of mine will be at an event after the inauguration, specifically for the Obama staffers. As for the inauguration itself, I suspect that watching it on television is almost as good as being there, in the sense that the millions descending on Washington will make it very difficult for those who are there to see very much.

Many have remarked upon the almost impossible hopes and expectations focused on this one man, not just in the United States but around the world. We must all hope that the United States will indeed thrive and prosper, and that the Obama team will show wise leadership, to the great benefit of all the world. The signs, it seems to me, are good. And we need some hope and optimism.

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3 Comments on “Ushering in the Obama era”

  1. Clare Says:

    The real hope, I think, is that there will be a politician of his calibre in this country soon. He has the weight of the world on his shoulders, but everytime I hear him say that “government can only do so much” or speak of individual responsibility, then I feel hopeful.

    He is the national inspirer. Where is ours?

  2. Erin Says:

    While I voted against Obama, I have to admire the peace that exists in this transfer of power. Many people will indeed wish to be a part of it. The pictures and memories of this day will surely last a long time. Should be fun to watch, no matter what party you belong to.

  3. Clare: Have we ever had one? Garret FitzGerald or someone might be a candidate, I suppose, but how many of our politicians really inspire anyone?

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