I freely admit that we have actively resisted jumping on the Obama bandwagon. Partially because where we live Obama is not a man, he’s a god. He was not a candidate, he was a brand. It was unsettling for us to see people have hopes for the man that nobody could possibly fulfill. And partially because we simply have different political views on some important issues. (We were not any more excited about his competition, just for the record.)
I’ve been pretty skeptical about the possibility of this economic crisis ending, or even just starting to get better, any time soon, and about things getting better in the country (and outside the country) in general. I’ve mostly thought about how our life will be over the next year if things just stay they way they are right now. We would probably be fine. Money would be a little tighter than we would have hoped, but we would make it through. If we had to go through several years like that it would be really difficult and discouraging, and to some degree I think I’ve been mentally preparing myself for that possibility, even though it has been hard to let the hopes we have had fade a little bit.
But today I woke up with a little more optimism. I am excited about the possibilities. I believe things will get better sooner than I thought. I am hopeful that Obama is exactly what our country needs at this time. Still, I’m not ready to put him in the same class as Lincoln or FDR just yet. I can’t wait to see what he does in these first 100 days.