The Expectation Of Change

November 23, 2008

Driving throughout the largely liberal Los Angeles area, everything from Barack Obama bumper stickers to tee-shirts suggest what has rarely been suggested before in such a large volume: mass change –accompanied by a single date: January 20th. 

Of the many emotions this provokes from me as a self-proclaimed liberal and Obama supporter, satisfaction and rejoice are overshadowed by disappointment in the form of political rhetoric and greed. To me Barack Obama is a new kind of politician – eloquent and prolific in the limelight — but as shown in his campaign, strategically and politically brilliant. He has somehow transformed and captured the majority of the United States and brought it to one voice and one meaning, hope. 

But within this word, a sanctuary of hope that delivered to millions of Americans an image of the “American dream,” a utopia of economic prosperity and governmental perfection, only a handful of Obama supporters see hope in the practical sense, only they see hope attached to patience. 

Obama Campaigns I, myself too young to lay my respective punch-hole in the ballot box for another two elections, acknowledge that in fact I have not been captivated by Barack Obama because of his mantra of hope, nor have seen him as the leader that millions of Americans do.

But I support him in the way that I have never supported one single idea or campaign in my life. He, in my humble opinion, was the best candidate running for President — carrying the necessary policies to help the United States of America prosper and thrive. 

But in no way do I link the date January 20, 2009 to economic wealth and political prosper. Obama is simply a liberal politician who is in fact the right leader for this country that beckons political guidence and leadership. 

But in the same way the better life that seems so close away from all Americans will not be handed over by Obama on January 21. And in the end, America will see a political disappointment that this nation perhaps have never seen before. They will have to be patient and forgiving to a president Barack Obama, while they let him politically dig out the country from the deep hole it has been forced into.

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24 Responses to “The Expectation Of Change”

  1. Jamie Holts Says:

    You know, I have to tell you, I really enjoy this blog and the insight from everyone who participates. I find it to be refreshing and very informative. I wish there were more blogs like it. Anyway, I felt it was about time I posted, Ive spent most of my time here just lurking and reading, but today for some reason I just felt compelled to say this.

  2. Stefan Says:

    “But I support him in the way that I have never supported one single idea or campaign in my life.”

    Yeah. What Obama brings to the table in terms of his public acclaim is something that I think we haven’t seen before. Even the Kennedy family wasn’t so revered when they were alive, and JFK was president during a period of prosperity and (relative) tranquility. FDR, also, was often appreciated most in retrospect, as was Lincoln. By contrast, the passion for Obama and the hunger for his vision is inescapable among his supporters.

    What I find most compelling about this romance that the country seems to be having with Obama is the adverse circumstances into which his presidency has been birthed. When his fans talk about him, it’s not his appearance, or his personal life that attracts them; its his message. What I really hope is that the next few years will not see “the cult of Obama” take shape, but that instead the man will be subsumed within the optimistic, can-do spirit that he exhorts us all to pick up. Obama, after all, is fond of “we”, rather than “I”, as a form of address. If “we” follow the path that has been set up by his rhetoric to its logical conclusion, he may become unnecessary. I’d love to see the day when every American feels and scts as though they held common stakes in this enterprise, and when we don’t need a chief executive to dream for us.

  3. culturepress Says:

    Very nicely stated, as always, Pacer.

    I do agree with you–America will have to be patient. Obama will not create a “quick fix” for our dilapidated economy and nationwide pessimistic mindset. He was the best candidate for the job, hands-down, but it’ll take the work of this entire nation to pull us out of our trenches.

  4. pacer521 Says:

    Stefan,

    You make a great association with America’s love for Obama. He really did in a sense create a cult (of course not in the negative meaning), and I think a lot of people are going to be shaken because he will become more of a political figure than they want him to be.

    Thanks for the comment.

  5. pacer521 Says:

    culturepress,

    Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. Yeah, I guess patience is the key.

  6. seannyman Says:

    Pacer, I recently wrote a similar article with a bit of a more rightward bite. I guess this is certainly the big issue now. What will Obama follow through on? What won’t he? What should he? Will it anger ardent supporters? etc.

  7. 1superdave Says:

    While only seven million or so more than half of those that voted had that veiw on election day(less do now)it probably is wise to lower expectations. The far left will soon be out in protest of Obama’s policies and he hasn’t even been sworn in yet. If his cabinet is an indication of how he will Govern it appears one could expect center, maybe even center right. Everyone knows that a democrat has to run to the left in the primaries then tact right towards center in the general, but there may be a side of Obama that we don’t know. In fact he may have us all fooled. The greatest gift he could give us would be to end up being a jfk democrat. Now that is optimism!

  8. Kevin Says:

    1superdave,

    What do you mean by a JFK democrat. I don’t know a lot about him, so please expand.

  9. 1superdave Says:

    Well ,Kevin there was a time when all the red states were blue. The democrat party was for the little guy, and national defence. It was before the civil rights movement and the voting right act and roe v wade. The montra of jfk was ask not what your country can do for you but rather what you can do for your country. He would never compromise our security to please a bunch of left wing loons. When it happens remenber that I said it, but the far left will soon find that< Obama is not going to do all the things he told them he would. ie end the Iraq war , close gitmo, pay everybody’s gas and mortgage bills.

  10. preplan Says:

    Obama represents just how much has changed in the US since I was a teen. While racism isn’t gone, it certainly has diminished and there is a chance, just a chance, that we can ignore all the petty stuff that divided us and get down to solving some fairly serious issues. Even if the economy didn’t suffer a meltdown; global warming, terrorism, energy, national debt and looming explosions in government spending on health care and Social Security and crumbling infrastructure would be a challenge for any administration. I can’t say if his choice of the same people involved in some of the policies that led us to the current predicament is right or not, but I think if Obama can provide the tone and direction and the uuber greedy can at least give us a respite before they continue plundering the economy, he might be able to get us pointed in the right direction. Expecting much more is likely unrealistic.

  11. jiovanni Says:

    I am also worried that people are expecting him to have some type of superpowers where he can just heal the country, the world and the economic crisis, the two wars and all the other mess in four years time. Change takes time and change is a collective effort. And I’ve heard him say this throughout the campaign and even through the transition period but I think he is going to really have to pronounce that very clearly to the American people on January 20th.

    I admire the man and I think he is a brilliant mind that has some ideas up his sleeve but I don’t think he is going to do anything drastically immediately or in four years time. I think he is going to need a second term to truly make a shift in these problem areas and even then, it may not be significant enough to those who think they will be rich before he leaves office.

  12. Kevin Says:

    1superdave,

    Come on, you can’t be that optimisticly conservative. You really think he won’t end the war in Iraq or close Gitmo? He would be treated as another Bush. He would only be Pres. for 4 years.

    Oh and keep living in your lunatic conservative world. I don’t wannt to waste my time respoding to the gas and mortgage comment, sheesh!

  13. mudflats Says:

    Kevin time is a terible thing to waste but maybe you should wake up and smell the coffee. It was reported quite widely, even msnbc, had a clip of a young woman leaving an Obama rally in FL saying it was a memorable experiance to hear Obama, and she went on to say she was not going to have to worry about paying her mortgage or her gasoline bill.

  14. mudflats Says:

    Why here it is. It’s the expectation that superdave was taiking about. Go ahead and waste your time to watch thisclip.http://www.anamericanfrontporch.com/2008/11/obama-will-pay-your-mortgage-and-gas.html

  15. Kevin Says:

    mudflats,

    Ok, maybe one person. And, I had not heard of that at all. But, one person does not equal almost 70 million people. So now all the people that voted for McCain are going to try and kill Obama, right? Because one person said so during a campaign stop. Why don’t you wake up and smell the coffee.

  16. 1superdave Says:

    Kevin; kevin; mudflats beat me to it but I searched gas bill and mortgage and found that clip in 10 different places. Pcaer did Title this post Expectation of change. If you watched that you tube clip you will find that that young lady has high expectaions. Remember “when you spread the wealth around” and Joe the Plumber. If you actually read my comment I was predicting that Obama would not close gitmo or begin an imediate pull out from Iraq and yes there will be a disalutioned young lady that will be disapointed to learn that Obama is not going to pay her Mortgage. Get a grip. I am not part of a vast right wing consiracy. I have said it before, “just the facts” and remember as Granpa jones of hew haw used to say “Fact is stranger than truth”

  17. 1superdave Says:

    All change is not desirable. Like if you had a pair of socks you had worn all day on your feet, would you rather change to a pair that you worked out in the day before that are wodded up and wet. Change for the sake of change is not necessarily a good thing. what is the deleniation of that change. Will it be better or worst. will ther be unforseen and unintended consequences. For this very reason people are resistent to most change. Familiarity breeds contentment. The impression that everyone can have what everyone else has is not reasonable. It’s easy to desire what a prominate dotor has. But what about the 12 to 16 years of coledge and then the residency. What about restrictions on his time where patent issues might follow him day and night. the bottom line is that sucess is not easy or devoid of effort and personal commitment. Obama stired to pot and got everyone all reved up about change but the devission that exist between the have and havenots is still selfdisipline and lots of years of sacrifice and hard work.

  18. 1superdave Says:

    It seems the daily kos is already unhappy. I guess you would say I am optomistic. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qn5ozxkrPZU

  19. 1superdave Says:

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-foreign-policy20-2008nov20,0,4430107.story I found these three storie. There are dozzens more. This last one speaks to the war in Iraq. It could it scared the begebes out of him when he started getting the daily briefing that the president gets. Eiter way I think he may be riseing to the position.

  20. 1superdave Says:

    Pacer, and kevin. Where are y’all? seems you’ve lost you edge.

  21. dyricci Says:

    Hey Pacer…where are you? We miss you!

    Oh that’s right…it’s basketball season, isn’t it. lol

  22. kennedy121 Says:

    Hey, it’s been a while since I’ve managed to visit your blog, but I’m glad to see you’re keeping the bar raised with your recent posts! :)
    Well I’ve obviously blogged about Obama quite a few times on my own blog… I have to disagree that he was the best presidential candidate. For all his flaws, I feel that accolade goes to Ralph Nader as his campaign was not corporately sponsored as Obama and McCain’s were.
    I knew Obama was going to offer continuity rather than change, but even I’m surprised by how far he has gone to placate the American political establishment, with the appointment of ex-Clintonite’s and Robert Gates. Actually, most of his appointments are pretty hawkish (whether they’re liberal or conservative hawks is beside the point) which is a concern. I feel Obama will be pushed by a number of his team and advisors to act quite early on to show he means business in places like Pakistan and Iran. I believe there will be a military intervention of some kind (other than Iraq and Afghanistan) in the first 18 months of Obama administration. If anyone believes that will not be the case, I’d quite happily take a wager on it!

    But yeah, rather than ‘hope’ (copyright Obama/Biden 08), Obama offers continuity we can believe in.

    Anyways, good post and I look forward to checking your stuff out more regularly again!


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