The problem with euphoria is that people expect immediate results. The people that elected Barrack Obama in a huge emotional outburst will no longer accept their houses being foreclosed only because they are unable to pay their mortgage. Mothers with sons and daughters fighting in Iraq will be quietly celebrating as they expect them to be safe and come home soon. Pensioners will expect to hear that the value of the pensions have not eroded, and want to be able to spend money based on what they feel they should be worth – not what they are. And the world over people will expect a President that will bring the US back to the negotiating table and stop being a bully.
That is just not going to happen overnight…..
…….There is little Obama can do in Iraq in the short term, and he has already made too many references to the Iran for them to come to the negotiating table easily. Nor is he going to be able to withdraw troops from Afghanistan after his strong stance on the war there and in Pakistan. Ongoing civilian deaths n the two countries is going to put Obama in an awkward position – unless he is willing to rein the military in. That is something that the republicans will fight hm and accuse him of, as will the military. As commander in chief of the armed forces, he has another function to shoulder – which is not to alienate the military from his policies.
The underclasses and the dispossed of the US, the minorities, the afro american communities will expect the blocks to their hopes of economic advancement – perceived or not – to be visibly removed. The huge Latino population may even expect to see more liberal immigration policies, especially on illegal immigrants currently living in the US. Given the state of the economy, the angst of the people created over the last few years, a world that is in recession – Barack Obama will not be able to handle all this in the short term. He will need all his public skills to keep his electorate motivated and willing to make sacrifices nw in order for a better future – a future that in everything Obama has said, sound like a more socialist interpretation of the free market economy.
I do not envy you, President Obama !