Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Welcome number 44

Barack Obama was sworn in today, and he gave an inaugural speech that was more hard-hitting than I expected. But that's a good thing, I guess. He's clearly very serious and knows that it's going to take more than mere words to get the job done in repairing the breaches created at home and abroad, but that he's ready to do it. He also made it clear he can't do it alone -- and reminded his listeners his unofficial slogan was Yes, we can. Read the speech for yourself if you haven't heard it -- it covered pretty much all that needed to be covered.

The hard work begins tomorrow and the road extremely rough in the months ahead as a lot of damage that has been done has to be repaired. Whether he can live up to the hope as well as the hype will depend on a lot including circumstances beyond his control. But he has a lot of goodwill on which to start which is important.

For now, all I can think of is, thank heavens the eight year nightmare is finally over -- except to think the guy who left office today gets a pension plus free mailing privileges for the rest of his life. Ugh.

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