For the past couple of years (eight for me), Americans and people around the world have been waiting for the end of George W. Bush’s presidency. Sure he’s done some great things, like his groundbreaking work fighting HIV/AIDS in Africa, but for the most part, he was a huge bust.‚
This past November, Americans voted a man who emits such a powerful aura of self-confidence and intelligence their new president. Barack Obama.
He is, without a doubt, about to be the coolest damn president ever.
The guy has a SERIOUS job ahead of him, that goes without saying. Putting aside what he has to do to help the economy and all that jazz, when it comes to direct diplomacy, he has the upper-hand.
I can honestly see why he has no reservations about speaking without preconditions to some of the world’s most powerful leaders. He knows he can do it. He believes in himself, and while I don’t know him personally (though I wish, like most people, that I did) I know his belief in himself is astonishingly high. No one would question that. Look at what he just accomplished.
He won the presidential election by beating the old white guy, in a nation run by old white guys.
And while I do have a man-crush on this guy (any male voting American who bought a t-shirt with his face on it can’t deny that, though many will), my judgement regarding his capabilities are not clouded.
I’m a good voter, I didn’t get caught up in the hype and just vote for him. I‚ studied‚ the two‚ campaigns, watched all the debates, read the articles, read the history and came to, what I believe‚ to be, a great decision.
I can’t wait for January 20 (although I’m not wild about his choosing Rick Warren to give the invocation). ‚ And like many people around the world, I’ll be watching on the edge of my seat. Watching the most historic election in the history of the United States come to an end, and hopefully, watching one of the greatest presidencies in the history of the world begin.