November 07, 2008
by: jovial_cynic

image: Barack Obama (cc) transplanted mountaineer

When it comes to thinking about consequences, and the impact of having Obama as president, in light of how many people worship him, I am no optimist. I am deeply concerned that reality is going to be rather painful for these people. There is no possible way that Obama is going to be the person that they expect him to be. He cannot live up to his reputation among his supporters. He is only a man. And for people to have to come to that realization in the midst of what may be America's greatest financial crisis... I am deeply concerned about the looming social unrest that will be clearly tied to the expectations people had about this man. People are going to be very angry.

Long after I abandoned my support of Bush, I maintained that I felt a great deal of sorrow for him, knowing that the tragedy of 9/11 happened on his watch. It's difficult for me to imagine the burden he had to carry. But that's his job. That's what an American president does -- they deal with the greatest challenges of the world. So while I feel sorry for Obama as he heads into a global economic crisis, and know that he will likely become the scapegoat for the world's ills as things get worse, I also feel that this is a job he chose. This is what he wanted to do.

Do I think Obama is equipped to set America on the right track, economically? Absolutely not. But I don't think anyone is. The tumbling of the market isn't something a president can "fix," and the necessary solution (the increase in consumer confidence) is not something any single political ideology can provide.

Folks, we are headed for choppy waters, and at this point, I don't think it matters who is at the helm. Grab your barf bags.


Lara said:
Oh, I've had my barf bag firmly gripped for several months :)
November 07, 2008

valdez said:
Very well said Josh! I think you pretty much hit the nail on the head, and I'm having a hard time even offering a constructive comment.
November 08, 2008

Luke said:
Unless he's more than a man... jk ;)

November 08, 2008

Caleb said:
I agree. As you listen to what people say about him and watch how people are crying out to him literally crying. It feels like they treat him as a comming messiah. Everyone is in need of a savior unfortunatly obama is not him. This whole thing kind of makes me sick the way he is viewed. Good luck america.
November 08, 2008

jovial_cynic said:
Well, keep in mind that I still prefer him over McCain.

I do think it's odd that Obama should be criticized for what people thought of him. My point isn't so much that people chose poorly, but rather that many who wanted him to win were fanatics. But I think that many Christians (a label with which I identify myself) are fanatics as well. Straight up loony. But their craziness has little to do with the scriptures.

And so I don't know how much of the fanaticism over Obama can be blamed on him.


November 08, 2008

Kristen said:
Did I write this post or did you? :) Seriously, this sums up my feelings (and what I've been saying to J in the last few weeks) so accurately.
November 09, 2008

jovial_cynic said:
Kristen -

Ah, cool. :)

What fascinates me about the attitudes of people during this election campaign was the amount of polarization. People felt the need to just... fall down the sloped edges, I guess. Being objective and realistic (which could still place one in favor of either candidate) is the peak of a hill, and to remain there, one must filter through the media and view everything through a critical lens. And that takes work. I suppose it's much easier to *not* think, and to simply assume that one's candidate is the morally correct candidate, which allows you to ignore any criticism.

And people do that about politics, about religion, about any personally held belief. I suppose I shouldn't be surprised. Just disheartened at how easily people are herded into those pens at the bottom of the hill.

November 09, 2008

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