The Morning of the Inauguration and the Hope it Represents
Its finally here. America is passing the Presidential torch from the embattled George Bush, to perhaps the cleanest, freshest face in politics today - Barack Obama. Those of you who know me well are extremely aware that I spent countless hours during the campaign hanging on every word.
I was an Obama supporter, not just because I thought he was the best man for the job, but because even if he wasn't, it was only he who inspired that sense of optimism that has been sorely lacking for so long.
Its an understatement to say that his Presidency won't be easy however. He inherits two wars, an economy that is considered the worst since the Great Depression, and an Anti-American sentiment that has destroyed the US image around the world.
If there is one thing he must do in the next four years, it is absolutely restore the faith of both the people of America and the people of the World, in the American governmental system. If people believe again that their words do matter, that the government is not trying to take away their freedoms, but rather expand them, then it is all but certain that his four years will be a success.
Sure people will be dismayed at the economy if it does not turn around quickly, but if Obama can restore faith, then all else will pale in comparison. People can accept failure, they can not accept corruption as the cause of it.
Unfortunately for me, I am in my home watching the Inauguration, I really wish I was there. Leave me a comment and let me know where you are today, it will be etched in Eddie Patel, Inc. blogging history :)