Inspired But Reality Kicked In

So last night, I like many Americans stayed up to watch/listen to all of the coverage related to the election. I ended up voting for Obama and as luck would have it, he has become the next president of the United States. However, I must admit that when I listened to John McCain’s concession speech, it touched me and was a bit inspiring. After his speech was over with, I seriously thought if I had made a mistake voting for Obama.

That question was answered once I listened to Obama’s acceptance speech. I was seriously impressed with what Obama had to say. He left no stone unturned and after he left the stage, I had this feeling of wanting to go out and kick some ass as an American to help get things back in order. Obama had one hell of a speech and it really messed with my emotions.

Then, in the back of my head, I reminded myself that there is a good chance that what Obama promised in his speech could be empty handed. After all, that is what most politicians have done, promise this and that and then come up empty handed with no one to hold them accountable for their actions or lack there of. I sincerely hope that Obama delivers on each one of his promises in the next four years.

10 thoughts on “Inspired But Reality Kicked In

  1. Damn Hairy Human says:

    “kick some ass” – Isn’t that the attitude that got your country into such a mess in the first place? I’m hoping you’re meaning it in the sense that Obama is inspiring you to act to your full potential. That’s what I’m really hoping that Obama does. Not sure what he can do about the economy, Iraq, etc, but if he inspires hope in millions of people, and he doesn’t get shot, then the sky’s the limit.

  2. I think you made the right choice. I’m not from the USA so I couldn’t vote but if I had it would have been for him.

    i was a big fan of Ron Paul but I knew he wouldn’t get the ticket.

    I do like McCain but I really really dislike Sarah Palin. Totally underqualified. It’s quite scary that someone who could have been vice president of the country with the most influential foreign policy on the planet didn’t even have a passport til last year.

    Again, I’m really pleased Obama won and I think he will prove to be a great president.

  3. I just spent the last half-hour crafting a very long anti-Obama rant in reply to your post, and then decided that I don’t want to kill your enthusiasm. I may be unimpressed with what I believe will be empty promises and the complete lack of media scrutiny that every other political candidate has endured, which could have changed things dramatically way back during the primary season, but the bottom line is that if you’re inspired then that’s a good thing.

  4. @Kevin – sorry I just have to comment here – I am not Sarah Palin’s biggest fan, but she was totally thrown under the bus by the same media that seems to revere Obama.

    “Totally underqualified” – for what? She was running for Vice President – can you name ONE VP other than Cheney, who was Bush’s puppetmaster, that has had ANYTHING to do with foreign policy? None. They basically just go to state funerals and make public appearances, and other fluffy jobs.

    The media conveniently kept forgetting to call her by her CURRENT title, Governor of Alaska, and kept referring to her as Mayor of Wasila (her prior job). As a Governor she runs an entire state – not an easy job – and that job made her as qualified as any of our last Presidents over the last 44 years, ALL of whom (except Bush Sr.) were state Governors (Bush Sr. was head of the CIA). So by your logic, were NONE of our Presidents qualified to run for that job? None had foreign policy experience before they took the office of President. None.

  5. Well I have not seen as many US based programmes as you so I can’t say 100% that she hasn’t been scrutinised unfairly. However, from watching BBC and CNN regularly and reading news on the web regularly too, I don’t think it’s fair to say that she has been singled out.

    Obama was being labelled a muslim and his relationship with that minister was scrutinised greatly so I don’t think you can say that the media has been unfair. The public have a right to know.

    And yes I know she is governor of Alaska but you need to put things into perspective. She has been governor for 2 years of a state with a population less than 700,000 thousand people. I’m not suggesting that makes it an easier task but clearly there were a lot more suitable people for the VP canditate position.

    She was chosen to help the Republicans reach out to a certain demograph and it worked at first but then I think it’s safe to say, it backfired.

    As I said, I thought Ron Paul was the best choice and he was republican…ie. i have no affiliation to either party and don’t consider myself biased.

  6. I thought your post was spot on Jeffro. I’m not from the US but I think it’s kinda sad that the world over we just can’t trust politicians to convert what they say into actions. We can only hope that Obama will be different. Time will tell.

  7. I certainly agree on the bit about delivery.

    He does seem pretty adamant that he’ll stay in touch with the everyday man. As you say, we’ll just have to see if he lives up to it. If he wants another term in office he’ll have to…

  8. I’m consistently baffled by the number of people who supported Ron Paul during the primaries, then jumped to Obama afterwards. It doesn’t make any sense. Paul himself has acknowledged this strange phenomenon, and it baffles him too.

    The two candidates are on opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of policies. The only similarity between the two is that Ron Paul wants out of Iraq now, and Obama wants out eventually (hardly a similarity, but it’s all there is).

    Again, it’s very confusing.

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