Congratulations To Barack Obama

by John Hawkins | November 5, 2008 12:22 am

You may not read another nice word from me about Barack Obama over the next four years, but today, I’m going to congratulate him, the Democratic Party, and the netroots. My guess is that they’ll be doing quite a bit of gloating today — and that’s fine, they deserve it.

Although I would have certainly preferred to have John McCain in the White House, it will at least be nice to finally see a black American become President. Conservatives have been saying America isn’t a racist nation for a long time. This proves we’re right. Conservatives have been saying that we don’t need Affirmative Action in this country. This proves we’re right.

Now, I don’t have a very high opinion of Barack Obama’s abilities, but for the sake of our country, I hope I’m wrong about him. The next four years are going to be difficult and so I hope Obama is wiser, less radical, and considerably more competent than I believe him to be.

That being said, I don’t envy the task Obama has. He has allowed people to think of him as a messiah who will fix all their problems, a man who will unify the country, a man who will lead America into a post-racial world, a man who will make the whole world love us, and a man who will “change” whatever you personally don’t happen to like about America.

That’s a tall order for any human being to fill — and it’s aside from the challenges he will be faced with: a recession, enormous deficits, more bailouts, international crises, Al-Qaeda, a deeply cynical public, and numerous interest groups, all of which expect Obama to handle their competing interests immediately.

So, good luck, Obama. Let’s hope this works out better than I suspect it will.

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