Posted by: Calmseas (Mike) | November 22, 2008

Obama Nation

Has it been 48 years since John Kennedy was elected president? That is hard to fathom. As a little tike, I remember my Dad taking me to the airport to see JFK when he landed at the Muskegon County (Michigan) airport during the campaign of 1960.

Now here we are in 2008—in fact, forty-five years to the day since that awful day in Dallas when President Kennedy was gunned down—and I must say that I have conflicting emotions about this year’s election. My guy lost, which was really a disappointment. On the other hand, this is truly an historic election. It was hard for me to be upbeat the night of the election, but I’ve come to grips with the reality of things since then.  I must agree with those who festively celebrated on the night of the election about at least one thing: It is an exciting time to be alive and to be an American.  And for better or worse, change is on the way.

I have only best wishes for our new president. Where I don’t agree with his policies, I’ll say so; but I think the potential is there for him to do great things for our great country.  There is always an air of hope and great anticipation for the next fresh chapter of American history with the inauguration of every new president.

In every national election, both sides predict dire doom and unyielding gloom should the party opposite win.  This is all part of party politics, but such prognostications have never—at least in my lifetime—come to fruition in the aftermath regardless of which party secured the white house.  I am reminded of this thought: In politics, it’s never as good as you think it will be if your guy wins, and it’s never as bad as you’re sure it will be if the other guy wins.  I think that we who pulled the short stick this time around can take solace in that axiom.

Presidents generally rise to the office, act responsibly, and ultimately act in what they truly believe to be the best interest of the country. I trust that this will be the same for President Obama as it has been for forty-three presidents who preceded him.  May God guide and bless our President Barack Obama.



  1. Since election day, I am alternately astonished and encouraged by our president-elect’s efforts to organize his administration, by his determination to “hit the ground running,” by the fact that he is attempting to gather the best and brightest to confront the perfect storm of calamities our country is facing.

    I am also optimistic… hopeful and optimistic.

    Beautiful post, Mike!

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