Obama is our president, and there is much rejoicing

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I feel like I should have something profound to say.  I’ve been a supporter since I picked up one of his books and have grown more so as I’ve found out more and more about Obama and his family and views and campaign.

We watched the results at our friend’s house and were ready to cry together, but thankfully we didn’t have to.  After the last two presidential elections, I was pessimistic and ready to be disappointed – when Obama won I really had to do a couple of reality checks.  I’m still amazed to live in a world where we have elected Obama.

On the whole, I’m very hopeful.  As a country, we are ready for a “new deal” type of paradigm shift and we’ve elected someone capable of effecting that change in a positive and beneficial way.  I keep saying that I feel naive to be so hopeful, but I am. 

There has been a flurry of wonderful information, reflections and projections by many different people about Obama and the upcoming presidency.  Here are some great Fresh Air shows:

Mark Sawyer On Implications Of Obama’s Election – Political

scientist is an Associate Professor of African American Studies and

Political Science at UCLA and the Director of the Center for the Study

of Race, Ethnicity and Politics

The Future Of The Conservative Movement – Former

Republican Congressman Mickey Edwards argues that the conservative

movement has strayed from its founding principles. His book, Reclaiming Conservatism, offers a critique of the movement’s current incarnation — and a blueprint for its future success.

‘Obama’s Challenge’: A Transformative Opportunity Robert Kuttner has reported on elections for more than 30 years. His new book, Obama’s Challenge, looks at the Herculean obstacles the president-elect faces — and what it will take to tackle them

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