Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Can I just say...

I am not going to go on and on about this, but can I just say this one thing? And, I'm predicting an onslaught of challenging and unhappy comments in response to this post, but I'll take my chances. Here it is.

I've been kind of annoyed the last two days about everyone being SO overwhelmed by the inauguration. I'm happy...don't get me wrong. Thank God that now we can truly say that African Americans can make it in this country. Thank God that our new President is well respected by the masses around the world. Thank God that there's a new perspective to try to lead us through this turmoil. I'm looking forward to entering the future with Obama (aside from my fears about the death tax and the screwy secretary of agriculture). I agree that it's a historical moment to be respected and remembered. But, really, are we blowing some of this out of proportion? Because, honestly, I had to turn my tv off today when Oprah said, "I just feel like a better person because he's my President."

My eyes rolled so hard I've got a headache. Not kidding. Give me a freakin' break.

Maybe my classmates were right in naming me "most likely to see the glass half-empty." (Can you believe it? I'm still scarred.) Sorry, but changing the person in the White House won't, on its own, suddenly make one a better person. I suppose a new leader can inspire you to perform better deeds, more acts of service, something like that. I just thought it was, well, a bit overstated. He's the President, not the Messiah. Give him the respect he deserves but don't worship him.

9 comments:

Laureen said...

OH, I couldn't agree with you more. I can't watch Oprah until the newnest of this President wears off alittle. Having him being called the Messiah irritates me. What about the Sec. of Treasury? Can we just over look the fact that this guy has failed in paying his own taxes? Wake up people!!!!

Julie said...

Your post made me laugh a bit because I’ve been thinking just the opposite. I’m kind of annoyed by hearing how apathetic some people are toward the significance of this week. Just two ways of looking at the same glass, I suppose. ;)

Cristin said...

I completely agree with you. I understand that people are excited by his ideas and feel that our country will be better off because he is in office. But, he is one man. And definitely NOT the Messiah.

I could go on and on... but I won't. :-)

suzanne said...

i'm with you, hill. it looks like idol worship to me and it's irritating. let's get a grip, friends! he's human.
i think we're wired to want to worship someone/something, but it's too bad so many people are looking in the wrong place!

Hillary Dickman said...

Thanks Su! Of course, it's also possible that I've been watching too much...I mean, fast-forwarding through too much...Oprah and, therefore, only seeing the worship and not the middle of the road stuff.

Scott Dickman said...

I did not vote for Obama, but he is our president and I will support him and I hope he does well enough that in 4yrs I will vote for him. If American's had taken this attitude towards our previous president he may have had a chance. The pendulum has swung, and now we can look forward to an Oprah show about how Obama's term limit should be extended.

Hillary Dickman said...

Oh, the apostrophe abuse. And from the husband of a punctuation geek. I still love you, Babe.

Anonymous said...

And its 2014 and still this nation is a disaster basket no thanks to the do-nothing who got elected in 2008.

Hillary said...

Is he a do-nothing or are his hands tied by a congress which is more concerned about re-election and serving the needs of campaign contributors than the needs of an America in turmoil? It takes two to tango, as they say, or in the case of the President, the Senate, and the House...it takes three. I am not unhappy with his presidency, considering what he has had to work with.