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Counting down to inauguration day

January 5, 2009 - Steve Murch
We’re just 15 days away from the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th president. The way some people talk, you get the impression that if things aren’t better on Jan. 21 they’re going to be disappointed.

Hey, no pressure Mr. President-elect.

The last several weeks, nearly since the election, the nation has kind of viewed Obama as the president, forgetting — at least for a moment — that George Bush is still in that position. If something catastrophic happened, it would have been Bush, not Obama, who would have had to make that call. Obama might have been consulted, but the decision would have been Bush’s to make.

That all comes to an end on Jan. 20 and Obama officially becomes the decision maker.

According to the current poll on The News Web site, the majority of people don’t believe the excitement caused by the election has waned. However, as of Monday evening, fewer than half believe it even though they are the majority — 38 percent believe some excitement has diminished, 49 percent don’t believe it has, and 13 percent have no opinion (you can vote all week).

I’d have to believe some excitement has gone simply because of the 2-plus months between election day and inauguration day. Most of the news has been either appointments, which should help keep the excitement, or the Blagojevich fiasco, which should cut into the excitement.

Hopefully excitement carries on into following months because change — any change, though Obama ran his campaign on the “change” slogan — takes time. Here’s hoping some change happens quickly since we A. need it, and B. could use all the excitement we can to get things pointed in the right direction.


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