Tuesday, January 20, 2009
In With The New
Today, history is being made in America with the swearing in of our 44th president who just happens to be the first black American president. Expectations are high that Barack Obama will bring to the White House the energy, enthusiastic vitality, and fresh perspective necessary to effectuate the sweeping change this country desires and desperately needs. Time will tell whether he can deliver. Certainly, it's unthinkable that he can do any worse than his immediate predecessor. Obama appears to have goals and vision. Let's hope that he is provided with the requisite tools to implement the direction in which he hopes to lead this country.
I've always hated that sappy, impossible to answer truthfully question asked at so many job interviews: "Where do you see yourself in five years?" But I know where I'd like to see this nation at the end of Obama's (first) four-year term:
- People back to work
- The economy back on track
- No further government bailouts necessary
- New businesses opening and thriving
- No more closings of companies that have been around for decades
- Cessation of the current flood of foreclosures and bankruptcies
- Our troops out of Iraq and not engaged elsewhere
- Affordable health care for all Americans
I hope that President Obama acquits himself successfully and honorably in all that he endeavors and that his vision for America becomes reality and is not simply a case of idealistic good intentions. He has a job of monumental proportions ahead of him, and it's not going to be easy. I wish him well.
We're not going to inaugurate these blasfomys, but we can perhaps define them. You think? Better yet, how about using them to write a little story for me?