We now have a new president. Barack Obama is our 44th president and a “breath of fresh air.” The election of Obama reminds me of when Bill Clinton was elected to his first term. I had such high hopes for our country and for the most part, they were realized. We, as a country, were better off financially and better off morally. By morally, I mean our moral standing in the world.
So much has changed since 2000. After 9/11 we had the out-pouring of good will from throughout the world. We took that good will and over the past seven years, shoved it down the world’s throat. Ouch!
So what is this “Obama Effect?” I’m not referring to the Bradley Effect/Obama Effect that was discussed last Fall by many in the media. I think it is this feeling of hope and pride that many of us are feeling. Hope that at last we have a leader that will do what he thinks is right for the country AND realizes that the country is all of us – not just the ones who gave him political capital. This political capital thing is interesting. I must admit that I had never heard of it until 2004 when George W. Bush used it in a speech.
So, again, what is the Obama Effect? It is the sense of country that we now have. It is the feeling of optimism that we now have. It is the patriotism that we now know is justified. It is the pride in country we now know is warranted. It is ………………THE OBAMA EFFECT!
I would love for you to comment with your feelings and/or thoughts.