Regardless of where you stand politically, it is tough to argue the historic signifigance of Barack Obama’s election to President of the US. It is truly an incredible moment in our nation’s history and further shows how far we have come as a country.
I’ve spent the morning clicking around various sites and blogs reading about Obama’s win last night and getting various takes on it.
Now that the election is over, can we start some armchair quarterbacking on governing? I just gotta say that it’ll be difficult for anyone to live up to the hype Obama is under. Reagan was not Reagan in November 1980. He didn’t get this kind of support ’til 1984. JFK wasn’t JFK and Camelot and all that ’til well after he was assassinated. It’ll be rough to be viewed that way before you’ve even earned it. On top of that, I think it will be very difficult to maintain the support of the coalition of voters Obama put together for this victory. He made some impressive inroads into some Republican strongholds. Holding onto those while keeping the traditional left-leaning areas happy would be a difficult tight rope walk for any politician. History has also shown us that large electoral victories most often lead to scandal during that term.
This is something I have thought about as well…the build up for Obama has been tremendous…his campaign team put together one hell of a strategy to win…but now what? Will the transformative nature of the messages of “Change” and “Yes we can” translate into a successful presidency that positively transforms the nation? For as much as I have critcized BO, I can’t help but hope it does.
Washington needs a lot of changes…I know the Dems blame the Repubs and the Repubs blame the Dems, but in reality, both have allowed the political culture to shift away from governing in what is in the best interests of we the people.
We will find out in short order if Obama is the change agent that he has been made out to be…is he going to be a man of the people or simply another man of Washington?
He now has his shot at history…how history will judge Obama is up to him.
I wish him well.