I must admit to getting out of bed more quickly than usual this morning. Nor is turning on the TV first thing a part of my usual schedule. But today being the day after, it had to be. CNN offered the sought-after relief: Obama was the man!
I know I live far away from the reality of everyday American life so some may say I don’t know what I’m talking about. Hell, some may say I don’t even have a right to an opinion. But sometimes distance from problems, from situations, offers perspective.
And this is my perspective: Four years ago the US population elected a vibrant, brilliant Afro-American to the presidency. As people are wont to do, they idolized him. And they gave him a list of Herculean tasks to perform while hurling obstacles across the paths that led to solving these problems. When this demigod turned out to be human after all, their disappointment was bitter. By some miracle – no, I take it back: by lots of hard work, Obama has prevailed and can continue what he started. He has in reality already achieved so much, but success seems short-lived while failures never seem to go away. At least he has four years without needing to worry about re-election. May he create a legacy that benefits all Americans.