I Need a Hero…

January 16, 2009 at 9:49 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Latest numbesr from USA Today/Gallup Poll show Americans want a hero:

A USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds stratospheric expectations for the incoming president that his own supporters acknowledge may be unrealistic. A majority of those surveyed say Obama will be able to achieve every one of 10 major campaign promises, from doubling the production of alternative energy to ensuring that all children have health insurance coverage.

But, if I were Obama I wouldn’t sweat it.  Matt Bai writes in NY Times magazine this week that Obama is actually lucky to be entering office at this time.  He argues that that most presidents upon entering office promise great change, sweeping governmental reform, but rarely deliver.  And, although this may be a perfect storm of bad economic conditions, the winds are actually at Obama’s back.

“The potential collapse of banks and automakers, while certainly demanding more of his nascent administration than Obama might have hoped, may also allow him to remain aloof from the smallness of governing. Obama doesn’t really have to invent an agenda to transform the way Washington operates…He simply has to react, ably, to events not of his own making.”

Basically, all Obama has to do is not screw up and he’ll be heralded as a hero.  Expectations may be high, but in reality, anything better than the present will do.

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  1. Hey, are you on facebook?


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