POLITICAL observations & opinions

* what Barack Obama needs from us … the test ahead is as much of us as it is of him

Posted by Lew Weinstein on January 1, 2009

 Michael Gerson writes in the Washington Post …

  • President Obama will require sober supporters — and loyal critics — to get through challenges that will not yield to charm.
  • He will need a broad commitment to difficult national goals involving considerable risk and sacrifice — public patience and fortitude that were not always evident during the longest days of the Iraq conflict.

LMW COMMENT … American voters who supported George W. Bush must share the blame for his failed presidency. Likewise, those of us who supported Barack Obama will share responsibility for his success or failure. What Obama needs most is a public, and a media, which is driven neither by ideological/religious conviction nor by the attention span of a child. We must be ready and willing to evaluate Obama’s proposals in practical, will-it-work, terms. We must be willing to accept promising initiatives which are not certain of success. We must be more patient than we  have been in a long time. We must look to the long term and not demand instant gratification. We must be willing to accept compromise, recognizing that others of good conscience have differing views, and that a democracy must accommodate such differences. We must be ready to speak out and to support our president as he struggles to lead us to a better place at home and in the world. We must also be willing to criticize him when we think he is wrong, but to do so constructively. We must avoid wedge issue politics which seeks to divide us, and we must expose and condemn those who practice it. The test ahead is as much of us as it is of Barack Obama.

Read the entire article at … http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/12/30/AR2008123002400.html?nav=rss_opinion/columns


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