And the people have a new job to do
By Kimberly Krautter
Indeed, our hands are once again on the "arc of history," and we are bending it to the hope of a better day. I have never been so proud of our America.
There is a lot of Wednesday morning quarterbacking going on right now. To the surprise of some no doubt, I am not going to get into that. There will be plenty of time to parse the woulda, coulda, shouldas, and to certainly examine the possibilities. Next week, I will publish my "cabinet dream team" and open up that for discussion.
Instead, today, I wonder if some of you were likewise struck by the sober tone of Obama's acceptance speech last night. Here's a guy with a mega-watt smile and a stratospheric oratory style. And yet, each "Yes we can" was delivered with such prudence.
Take a look at the speech. From the moment he walked out on stage, the President-Elect held a posture that indicated he was wearing the mantle of the office. He delivered his message with measure and deep circumspection.
At a time of enormous jubiliation in our country and shared global celebration; when the light of American Liberty once again shone so brightly, Barack Obama, the man who was the cause of that revelry was startlingly reserved.
Personally, I felt a pull in my stomach. My heart was soaring, but my gut was listening to the undertones.
I have heard from some national security insiders that each new President is aghast when he is finally presented the file that shows the actual state of our national security. I've been told that the Defense and State departments as well as the Treasury department had made appointments with each candidate to meet with whomever won the election within 48 hours to begin the briefings.
For Obama, this means no time for a victory dance. No time for rest. The game is afoot. And it is a big one.
Pundits will say that the stakes are extraordinarily high for the Obama Presidency not only because of the issues of our time but because of his unique place in history. I am struck from his speech last night and from insider insights that we, the body politic, have a certain responsibility to bear as well.
This moment, this election is as much ours as his. Obama's success is wholly dependent upon our support. Just as it will be incumbent upon the President-Elect to lead from the center and to act bi-partisanly, it is vital for us to put aside our own partisanships and vested interests to become educated on what it will take for our nation to turn the corner towards peace and prosperity.
We have applauded loudly many times as candidate Obama called the nation to service. With his election, it is our turn to step up, share the mantle and put our money/time where are cheers are.
Our job as citizens did not end with casting a ballot yesterday. It only began. A successful Obama presidency will forever secure the blessings of history on our nation. It will change the DNA of our nation and greatly impact the world. But that success rests on our shoulders as much as his.