Tuesday, January 20, 2009
I've been accused of being just a little cynical. (TW mentioned that this marks the end of the 8 year long relationship between her butt and President Bush's face. No more annual state-of-the-mooning.) Today, I'm glad to put that aside.
We need hope, and we need it now.
In some ways, it's already flickering. A President who believes in science, and who appoints science advisors who actually know what they're talking about, is already a refreshing change. A President who isn't afraid to be publicly and conspicuously literate, who wears his intelligence with quiet confidence, inspires confidence. And a President who isn't afraid to surround himself with smart, experienced people – without getting subsumed by them – does this academic's heart good.
It's a hell of a time to take over. The economy is in free-fall, we're fighting multiple wars, and there's no obvious way out of either. The healthcare system is a bad joke, we're addicted to oil, and the boomers are on the cusp of retiring. We've spent the last eight years systematically isolating ourselves from our allies. The job won't be easy.
Good luck, President Obama. You've got your work cut out for you. Some of us are rooting for you enough that we're even surprised at ourselves.
It's a busy day, with the semester just starting. But I'll take a moment at noon and watch history happen. It's time.
If he is indeed half as smart as he (and a lot of other folks apparently) thinks he is, he won't let his wishful thinking get in the way of reality.
Fingers crossed (for luck).
And today, I witnessed President Obama's inauguration and I know those young idealistic hopes and dreams are still alive with other generations. I cry tears of joy!
He's likely to face more difficulties from the Speaker and the Majority Leader and the left wing of his base than he will from the Opposition.
Robbing Peter to pay Paul after skimming 15%-20% for bureaucratic inefficienc; and not even vetting Paul [e.g. the various "bailout" scams]) also does not quite inspire confidence.
Waiting to see his take on
1. The Illegal and Stupid expansion of the Illegal and Stupid S-Chip program; and
2. The Illegal and Stupid "in-patriating" of enemy foreign combatants captured on the battlefield and currently being held as POWs at GITMO
These are two issues that will clearly define just how dangerously incompetent the new King of America really is.
Lots of fear and hatred out there.
I ascribed insane policies/ideas to incompetence.
They could be equally explained by malevolence.
And, Dude, I am a scientist.
Being a college professor pays the rent.
[p.s. if the choice is between having Obama fail and having our nation fail, that one is a no-brainer. I want Obama to succeed. Just not at what he is currently trying to achieve though.]