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Not Yet out of the Woods

Following the election of Barack Obama, there seemed to be a great national catharsis - a collective sigh of relief or joy heard 'round the world. The past few weeks we (those who voted for Obama, specifically) have been relishing the great feeling of victory and watching history unfold. To date, the work the transition team has been spot on and this has even been noticed by many Conservatives who are close to me as friends and family.

But, I worry - and am wondering if you worry - if our race across the finish line on November 4th will be met with too extended of a break. Will we look around for someone else to run the races that still need running? Will we look to the Obama administration to do it all as the ONLY great hope?

A few months ago, Obama said that this election really is not about him, its about believing in and using our power to change the way the world as it currently is. I think its important for us to acknowledge that while we have Obama in the White House, there are many battles still ongoing that we must fight to employ this great momentum for change. Sitting by and waiting for Obama to do the heavy lifting on his own is not what the movement of Hope and Change is about.

We are facing generational crises of war and depression. The operative word is we - not just he, or, Mr. Obama.

Currently, the mass media is focusing on him and what his administration will do. That is to be expected, but I hope that we do not forget what we must also do.

We must keep fighting and be grateful that, at least for now, we have the wind at our back. Let's get going!

Previous Comments

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141991
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I heard Barbara Walters say that Obama has a sign that says "No walking on water here" or something to that effect. He can't do it all. He creates the policies and depends on those under him to execute those policies. He is also depending on the public to let him know what we want and need him to do. Bottom line, we must be patient. We didn't get into this mess overnight, and it can't be fixed overnight.

Author
LatashaWillis
Date
2008-12-04T08:43:39-06:00
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141999
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i agree! of course, with the economy the way it is, i wonder if people are going to hunker down and get into self-focus mode.

Author
John Sawyer
Date
2008-12-04T10:51:23-06:00
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142055
Comment

Good job, young blood. I'm hearing that President Bush is exploring whether he can leave early without Cheney becoming the president for a brief period of time. He reportedly confided to a few close friend that the country needs Obama and the Democrats desperately, and he went on to say he is sick and tired of republicans and he doesn't believe they're good for America. He repeortedly said further he knew this long before other American figured it out, but just couldn't quit or change policies in midscream. While in deep distress about the failed republican administration consisting of neo-cons, conservatives, wangbuts, slangnuts, dangbuts, plankheads, mopheads, maggotheads and white supremacists, he and Laura purchased a big a__ house in Dallas, and he joked he hope he's not as hated in Texas as he is elsewhere. He sounded a lot like he wanted to switch parties. We don't want him.

Author
Walt
Date
2008-12-05T15:46:21-06:00
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142066
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President Bush had a press conference today and informed the country that "we're in a decession." He quickly corrected himself and said "deception." He then said, "Hell, that was my moral policy for 8 years that I don't want to talk about anymore." Bush finally said "we're in a recssion" upon great urging and prompting from the media and his staff, and shamefully admitted that he didn't feel good about taking a country that was financilly, economically, morally, politically and socially well of or in tact at the beginning of his reign and ruinig or destroying it. He finally joked he was afraid he may go down as America's worse presdident. Cheney jumped in and said how about the world's worse president, and added you're lucky the people are looking to impeach and flog you. I have never seen a press conference like this before.

Author
Walt
Date
2008-12-05T17:18:33-06:00
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142068
Comment

good jokes walt. !

Author
John Sawyer
Date
2008-12-05T18:14:14-06:00

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