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Thursday, November 7, 2008

We live in a cynical age, but Iím not quite ready to give this up yet. All human beings are flawed, but Iíd like to hold onto my faith in out next president a little bit longer. The economy is worse than itís been in my lifetime, but if we donít have hope, whatís the use in going on? As bad as it is, Iím as hopeful as I can be.

It seems, for the first time in a long time, that we have a grownup in charge. And I think a lot of us feel that we voted as grownups, for once choosing a person we thought would do the job, rather than holding our noses and picking the lesser of two evils. For all the grumbling (and Iím as guilty as anyone) about the length of the election cycle, it gave us time to get to know the candidates and to make the right choice and be comfortable about it.

Itís hard not to get carried away, but Iím not really trying yet. Iím still seeing the president-elect as the combination of Superman, Abe Lincoln, Jimmy Stewart and Oprah that we want him to be. Iím incredibly optimistic about his future Supreme Court nominations, based on how carefully he chose his running mate and how much thought heís putting into his Cabinet appointments.

Weíre in for an era of competence and intelligence we couldnít even have imagined for the past eight years. And we wonít be kept in the dark about whatís going on, because the cloak-and-dagger shenanigans of the outgoing administration will be a thing of the past. Plus, we will have a president who speaks in clear, complete sentences and says what he means, and weíll be able to understand him.

7 November 2008

Red streaks in the sky.

Will the new president make mistakes? Well, if he does, they wonít be the foolish mistakes of someone stumbling around without a clue, but earnest mistakes of someone whoís trying to do the right thing. I honestly donít think we can expect much more than that.

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