Tomorrow is the big day. The day we hand over the “Ring of Power” to our best hope at putting our country back together. I wonder what emotions he will be experiencing when President Obama walks into the Oval Office that first day. I wouldn’t be surpised if one of those emotions was fear. Fear of the monumental list of fires that he will be charged with dousing. He may even recall the words of John F. Kennedy:
“When we got into office, the thing that surprised me most was to find that things were just as bad as we’d been saying they were.”
This Reuters article sums it up quite well when they say:
Not since Herbert Hoover left Franklin Roosevelt the Great Depression has a U.S. president left his successor a litany of problems seemingly as daunting as George W. Bush will bequeath to Barack Obama when he takes office on January 20.
From two wars, a crumbled economy, and a tarnished image abroad, we will have our work cut out for us. The days of whining about what our government is doing are in the past. Now is the time to be proactive. If you have enough time to waste watching an episode of American Idol, then you have enough time to pay attention to what your Government is doing. It is time for Americans to grow up and accept their responsibilities and duties as Americans to watch over our elected officials. To let them know your opinions on the matters that are important to you. I want to make one point perfectly clear; they do listen to what you have to say. It doesn’t matter if you voted for them or not. It doesn’t mater what party they are affiliated with. What matters is that you speak up. The smart ones will listen and the inept ones will not get re-elected. It really is that simple.
So, tomorrow, when President-elect Obama places his hand on Lincoln’s Bible and swears his oath to the United States of America, I will also swear an oath:
I swear to become a more involved citizen in the governing of my country. And to do whatever I can to help rebuild this nation to its former glory.