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President Obama and The Spirit Of Hope

Updated on February 14, 2015

Can President Obama Usher In A New Era Of Hope

January 20, 2009 saw the swearing in of President Barack Obama, the first African American President of the United States.  This was a momentous occasion for many.  For many others, the swearing in of President Obama was a symbol of defeat of a hard fought campaign.

For many, including myself, President Obama's swearing in ends a dark period in our nation's history. For all of President Bush's faults,the most dissapointing was the mood of the nation that existed during President Bush's eight years.  While a President cannot make monumental change to the daily life of ordinary Americans, a President can do much to set the mood of the nation  President's tends to act in the abstract, looking at the nation as a whole. The total effect of any change on each individual is minimal when it comes from the federal level. Direct change comes from local governments - ironically it is those elections most people do not pay attention to.

Hope Is Not Blind Optimism

Does This Represent Hope.  Millions Gather On Washington Mall To Watch President Obama Take The Oath Of Office
Does This Represent Hope. Millions Gather On Washington Mall To Watch President Obama Take The Oath Of Office

When President Obama took office he inherited a load of problems almost unheard of in recent memory. Just to name a few, the economy was near collapse, two wars raged with no exit plans and failed administration, conflict with Israel, high unemployment and problems with the environment. How much can we really expect from President Obama from the start? I think too many expect too much and this hurts him in the short run.

What excites me is the change in the national mood that the election of President Obama brought with him to Washington.. President Obama brought the prospect of hope with him to Washington. Obama preaches hope. More importantly, his supporters believe in it. What Obama brings to the table is an environment of positivism. A belief that anything is possible. Many people call this naivety, but I believe it is the right message to bring and something that was desperately needed.

President Obama may not change the world in his first 100 days, or even in his first term, but at least he brings a spirit that makes many of us believe that the change can happen. Simply put, the nation feels good about itself again.  It is this spirit that will hopefully make people believe in the government and the nation as a whole again. And we together can lift each other out of the problems that plague us today.

Just my rant.

Thanks for reading.

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    • bgpappa profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Thanks Ken, I miss that feeling very much.

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      Ken Thibado 

      7 years ago from Utica

      Well... here we are; two years removed. Did you anticipate the "against" movement was going to look like this? Be this bad?

      Most people have forgotten that feeling of "even if... at least there's hope".

      Nice writing.

      I just wrote a reflective piece about booing the hell out of Bush. I'm only 2 years behind...

    • bgpappa profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Sacramento, California

      It is those bitter people who cling to their bible who are fighting against any kind of change, even if they are the very people healthcare reform can help.

      Despite the Republicans failure to do anything positive in ten years, Obama has made healthcare a real issue. He has the country talking about torture is appropriate. He is asking Americans to take part in their democracy again instead of just telling them to go shopping. We once again live in a country where people can voice their opposition and not worry about retribution. Sorry to tell you, much has changed since the Bush years and it has only been eight months.

      Thanks for the comment.

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      9 years ago

      Once the euphoria wore off the liberal press has been unable to prop up the paper figure. His popularity in 6 months has fallen like a jet without power which is what he is and was. He offered no hope just false promises that varied from one place to another. Remember the glowing accolades to Pennsylvanians in Hazelton and the "Bitter people who cling to their guns and bibles" remark made scant hours later in liberal California where he thought Keystone Staters would not hear. He believes government fixes things, big government fixes it better. Less than 30% of the people in the US believe big government can fix anything and most of them thing big government is the problem. He will be unable to keep his present popularity unless he can create more crisis. Right now the best thing for him is another 911 type attack.

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      9 years ago from Sacramento, California


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      9 years ago



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