For better or worse, America has a new face and brain trust. President Barack Obama and his colleagues have a big mess to clean up: Iraq, economic crises, and the faltering opinion of the US on the world and domestic stages. I don't think that anyone could live up to the expectations heaped on Obama, due partly to his own speeches and partly to the media coverage, but I do believe that he will do what he can to help the country through this rough time. Conditions won't improve overnight, there's a lot of hard work to do. But, to use one of Obama's favorite words, for the first time in eight years, I have hope that the state of the nation has a chance of improving. Although the anti-abortion protestors I saw on the Metro today, who likely mobilized their fanatic forces due to the swearing in of a pro-choice president, will disagree, I am looking forward to the new American era. The Obama/Biden team has a lot of work to do as an emergency rescue force after Hurricane George devastated America and the rest of the world, and I'm sure they're feeling the pressure. But I have a message for them: Millions of people voted you into office hoping you would make a difference for the better. Don't let us down, or you'll feel it in 2012.
On a happier note, the tide has shifted, new faces and minds are in the White House, George is off to his ranch, which he never should have left in the first place, and Dick Cheney will return to his underground pod to plot his next evil move.