Is change really going to come?

Plenty of people here in Washington are wearing t-shirts that read ‘change has come’ and clearly on several levels that’s indisputable. But there are already signs that no everyone’s going to get the change they’re looking for.

Yesterday I interviewed Helen Thomas earlier. She’s a formidable woman and the longest serving White House correspondent.

(She did a scarcely believable 57 years for one news wire, before shifting onto her current employers Hearst Newspaper.

She had an interesting take on Mr Obama’s enthusiasm for bi-artisanship and for finding a middle path.

‘In some cases it’s just avoiding doing what’s right. I’m worried he’s shying away from saying difficult things’ was the gist of what she told me. Where were the strong words on what Israel is doing in Gaza she wanted to know.

But those hoping for a radical departure from President Bush’s approach towards Israel may be waiting a while.

Then we have Iraq. Barack Obama wants the troops home on a realistic timetable. Some argue the timetable that’s already been agreed may fit the bill for the new Commander-in-chief.

And Afghanistan. Some of those troops coming out of Iraq will be heading for there. Mr Obama wants a larger military commitment in Afghanistan not less. Is that what his supporters have in mind? More of a war that is proving very hard to win? There can be no complaints about not knowing this mind you as the policy has been clear all along.

Green issues. There’s been much said about America’s need to wean itself off oil. Is President Obama going to whack big tax increases on cars and fuel? Unlikely in the current economic climate. Again no broken promises here, but again no radical change (though his approach in other areas do promise genuinely new policies).

Subsidies. I know many of you who work on farms that compete with US producers resent the subsidies farmers here receive. Are they about to go? I’ve not heard Mr Obama say.

Equality. I heard Barack Obama address the crowd today and talk of us all being equal – ‘gay and straight’. But he doesn’t support gay marriage, and Rick Warren’s taking part in his inauguration ceremony. This ‘broad church’ approach may frustrate some who feel on some issues you have to take a stand.

I’m not passing judgement on any of this. I’m just wondering if the expectations that are surging around the world might just be running ahead of not just what Mr Obama can do, but also what he wants to do.

There are certainly some clear policies which will make an immediate shift – the closing of Guantanamo (though this may take up to four years), stricter rules on those leaving government going on to become lobbyists, higher taxes for the very rich.

But is there going to be a wholesale overturning of what the Bush administration has been doing and what it stands for?

The primary reason for the amount of antipathy towards President Bush is his foreign policy. Can an Obama foreign policy offer enough that’s different to stop those frustrations rising again?

We were talking at dinner and one colleague argued the key shift will be tone and that the importance of that shouldn’t be underestimated. Do you agree?

Listening to him today, the President-Elect went out of his way to keep expectations here in America at a realistic level.

There was lots of talk of long paths, and steep climbs.

Might it be a good idea if the millions of you around the world who are celebrating not just his victory, but Mr Bush’s departure, got ready for more of the same from America on some crucial issues?

56 Responses to “Is change really going to come?”

  1. 1 Jennifer
    January 19, 2009 at 13:56

    Re: Is change really going to come?


  2. January 19, 2009 at 14:12

    I don’t expect anything from B. Hussein Obama because I did not vote for him and he will not be my President even though I am a US citizen. He will not achieve any of his goals because he will be busy campaining for his second term. Even if he does anything it is going to be a disaster to implement his liberal, socialist and communist agenda. British people are liberals and socialists and they are going to destroy their country with their idiocy. No good wishes for Obama.

  3. 3 Meg in Canada
    January 19, 2009 at 14:13

    Barack Obama has given the American people something very powerful: hope. Hope for change, hope for a new beginning, and hope that obstacles can be overcome. The amount people expect from him is directly proportional to the amount of hope he has given.

  4. 4 Joanne
    January 19, 2009 at 14:32

    Personally, I don’t think amazing change is going to come. Obama is a new kind of politician, and he is exceptionally good at it. He is a brilliant communicator, but in terms of actually bringing amazing change to America? No, I don’t see that happening.

    I’m a pessimist; a lot of the issues facing America TODAY are the result of poor decisions by previous administrations, and in order to really bring about change, some difficult decisions will have to be made, which may not go down to well with the electorate, and consequently may not be made.

  5. 5 Alana Ronald
    January 19, 2009 at 14:36

    Let’s see what he does. We’ve listened to what he has says, but it’s early days yet. Time will tell.

  6. 6 Richard Oaten
    January 19, 2009 at 14:37

    For the moment expectations are high, but Obama has the charisma to get people up and running. He has produced enthusiasm across the world – not just the USA . With everybody behind him it gives a good chance for these expectatios to be turned into reality


  7. January 19, 2009 at 14:39

    One man cannot deliver all our dreams. Radical and immediate change could be dangerous because there are plenty of conservatives and hotheads with ruthless concern for their own best interests, and society can be destabilised by sudden changes.

    But here are some of the changes it is realistic to expect: action on climate change, job creation especially for alternative energy, more fuel-efficient transport, intolerance of corruption, reform of the banking industry, encouragement of community action and welfare, taking advice from the best brains and reflecting before acting, concern for all levels of society, a better health care system, fresh leadership in the CIA, an end to torture, encouragement of social cohesion, inclusiveness, a collective optimism, a feeling that we can contribute, and America as peacemaker instead of warmonger.

    That will do very nicely for a start.

  8. 8 S Riley
    January 19, 2009 at 14:41

    I am concerned that Mr, Obama is being put on a pedestal which is a position that a human polititian cannot sustain.
    He has been very eloquant and said very little. He is taking over the country at a very difficult time and I am not sure what anyone can do to mend the economic problems or some of the foreign issues that are being dealt with.

    I live to close to dallas and so I do hear many people who are not excited with the presidential choice, in fact, it is better not to discuss politics if you are an Obama supporter.

  9. January 19, 2009 at 14:42

    This is a really good question… it remains obvious Barack Obama will take office tomorrow under arguably unrealistic expectations. He embodies the hope for which many Americans have sought after eight years of George W. Bush. The economy is in the tank, the country continues to fight wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and the Bush administrations remains arguably one of the most divisive in modern history. Yes, Obama represents hope and promise for millions upon millions of Americans who so desperately want (and demand) change in Washington. The reality, however, will almost certainly be easier said than done as the incoming White House finds its way.

  10. 10 Daniel Loeff
    January 19, 2009 at 14:51

    Allthough people might be expecting too much too soon. I do not necessarily see this as a bad thing. At least there is hope and a genuine desire for change. Something the American people are going to need in these harsh times.

  11. 11 Chris from Ohio
    January 19, 2009 at 14:57

    Obama set the bar far too high during the election contest, and now the public’s put him on a pedestal far too high for him to ever achieve his stated goals. The fact that he’s backtracking and waffling already on campaign promises is a portent of things to come, and that fact that he’s stacking his administration with re-run Clintonistas is further evidence that the deal he had to cut with the Clintons to get Hilary’s backing is showing in rather obvious fashion.

    I have high hopes for Mr. Obama, but I’m a very practical and pragmatic fellow. Too many non-political folks have annointed him with the mantle of the second coming, and too many political pundits have bought into the hype. The Pres-Elect himself is and has been in the process of toning down his rhetoric since November, but to little avail from the deafening crowd – and the highly-staged rail run didn’t help.

    Let’s see what his approval numbers are not 100 days from January 20, but one year from Januayr 20, 2009. I, for one, would not want to be in his shoes.

  12. 12 John in Salem
    January 19, 2009 at 15:01

    Of course it is. Change is the only constant in American politics. At some point in the future a lot of the problems that today seem overwhelming will have begun to fade into memory and the pendulum will swing the other way again.
    And that, as frustrating as it may feel, is what makes this country great.

  13. 13 Moses Magoola
    January 19, 2009 at 15:02

    Definately change is on the way as symbolized by the preliminary alterations Obama has hinted upon such as the closure of the Guantanamo prison and withdraw Iraq of the American troops from Iraq. These should be indications of the drastic positive changes ahead and all Americans should be proud of their incoming President who is a perfect symbol of hope, equality and unity.

    Moses Magoola

    Kampala- Uganda

  14. 14 John in Scotland
    January 19, 2009 at 15:03

    Sadly no . Look at the team he,s assembling and their history . His pronouncements already in regards Medicare . This will be a right wing Presidency in everything but name, and the working class and the middle classes will pay for it in any attempts he makes.

    He can’t address the economic situation because it is Global . America has through the” free market” just shot itself in the head , Not only has it become economically outmoded , unable to compete with China and India ;it has’ like all Western countries fallen foul of their own mantra ” competition”.

    The World is going to become steadily and rapidly more unstable.

    .To stabilise it we need to socialise money , production, and markets across the board . This is the task of world socialism which has been predicting this catastrophe and crisis for a long time, despite the sneers and laughter of those who never saw it coming , and who upheld ”competition” and the ” free” market as some panacea for all.

    If you want your children to have a future then …sorry you have no choice.

    ”History does not afford us the luxury of choosing a world we would wish to inhabit, but it does give us the tools to make it .”

  15. January 19, 2009 at 15:04

    We expect for change to come because we are going to enter into a new era of changes, with an African American President, Barack Obama. For so doing, we expect him to proove to the world that he is indeed a true a man of change. Obama, the World is looking up to you, so try your best as God is with you.

  16. January 19, 2009 at 15:07

    People are fools to think that good change will occur. The puppet masters have changed the face (and race), that is all.

    Obama’s in the pocket of the bankers, who have deliberately brought the world economy to its knees. Why? Presumably to further their goal of a One World Government, which they will control and which was their stated aim as long ago as 1920’s. For example…

    “We will have a world government whether you like it or not. The only question is whether that government will be achieved by conquest or consent.”
    Paul Warburg quotes ( Banker, 1896-1969)

  17. January 19, 2009 at 15:48

    Did people expect too much of Roosevelt? A president can accomplish a great deal (a New Deal, even) if the nation can get behind him.

    As for Helen’s concern about Obama’s middle ground, he needs it in some cases. But this bipartisanship is not new. People talk about it as if he’s always been on the extreme left. That’s the caricature of the right wing. He has in fact been mostly left but on several issues (often the ones with which social liberals like myself are the most concerned) he’s been a centrist or at the very least an inclusionist, so to speak.

    Everyone’s worried. Everyone has a criticism. I say, let’s allow the President do what he feels is best. I trust Obama far more than I ever did Bush. We voted him in because we felt he was the best man for the job. I’m happy to see him do it.

  18. 18 Ramesh
    January 19, 2009 at 15:49

    Yes, every four or eight years, there will be a change of leadership at the white house! I can foresee the biggest failure of Obama – being forced to get out of Afghanistan in the way he wants to get out of Iraq now.

  19. 19 Donnamarie in Switzerland
    January 19, 2009 at 15:51

    I expect a very intelligent man who has a great deal of integrity to become President of the United States of America.

    That in itself will be a great change from the current occupant of the White House who has neither brains nor integrity.

    That’s already change for the better.

  20. January 19, 2009 at 15:56

    It’s unfair to say that change will come immediately. It will have to come and would have come regardless of who had won the election. The people of the United States, not the few politicians that represent us, realize that we are doing all of the wrong things. We are spending out of our means, we are wasting virtually everything we touch, and we are killing the very planet that gives us life everyday. Change will come, but on the backbones of the people who inhabit not just the one man. He will be the spokesperson for peace, acceptance, and diversity, but it will take us all to ensure that change happens.

  21. January 19, 2009 at 16:11

    Well yes, change is coming, but primarily because it has to. America, dare I say even the world, has had such a leadership vacuum that we are desperate for any one with any kind of vision and sense of direction.

    President Bush has muddled around for eight crucial years. The economic mess has been looming for years and could have easily been moderated or avoided entirely.

    Our expectations are high because they have to be. We have been driven to desperation by the distracted and self-absorbed Bush administration.

    But consider this, certainly no other time in history have we seen so many people from around the world welcome a new leader of a country not their own.

    We need to work together, we must work together. Yes, our expectations for President Obama are high – our expectations for ourselves should be just as high.

  22. January 19, 2009 at 16:14

    ground reality is that,
    American people has exausted hearing war,war and war.

    Bloodshed in Iraq has taken a long time,consisting on eight years, there is no change because there is no change in the policies of Bush.

    Afghanistan has become hell for all,war superviser recomamned for surge not made efforts for peace so it also require peace and indispensable change.

    American people rightly felt for change,they voted for change and Obama became the sign of change.

    No doubt,
    change is expected,change will come,as you have seen before 20th january,Israel declared unilateral cease fire because new president is coming with changed mind and policies.

  23. 23 John Smith - Jamaica
    January 19, 2009 at 16:17

    Fortunately Bush didn’t raise the bar too high. His style of leadership means that change MUST occur. What kind of change, only history will tell.
    Obama isn’t expected to change the world overnight or even change the US economic fortunes by sundown on inauguration day. Latest polls suggest that many americans don’t think the change will come for at least two years, that give Obama time to formulate. He however has a long and rough road ahead and depending on how he handles the situation, he may be known as one of the greatest American Presidents and world leader of all time or may dissipate into obscurity as I am sure BUsh will. I didn’t even realise Bush had made a last radio message. It was stuck in the news and wire services as an afterthought in between all the Obamamania.

    DO I think change will come? Yes. But I will not put a timeline on it.

  24. January 19, 2009 at 16:24

    Income president promised with the American people for change.

    Chnage mean,peace in the Middle East,Iraq, and negotiations with Iranian leadership on ite neclear issue.

    Chnage is expected but not indispensable.

  25. 25 Jim Newman
    January 19, 2009 at 16:26

    Hello again
    It’s hard not to be carried along by the tidal wave of optimism and hope that is preceding the new president. I really hope that real change will come.

  26. January 19, 2009 at 16:35

    We will have to wait and see. To hear Mr. Obama`s speeches is like listening to a sermon which he has attended to many times in the past. He can have all the best intentions like so many Prisidents have had in the past, however the old saying `You can take a horse to water but You cant force it to drink`.

  27. 27 Anthony
    January 19, 2009 at 16:46

    Change has already started. You listen to NPR (and those like it) and you hear all these stories of American citizens working more with their community, and trying to make America a better place, and the reasoning is Obama.

    -Anthony, LA, CA

  28. January 19, 2009 at 17:00

    What I saw in your questions, Ros – was a matter of asking about minority questions. What I saw with the Obama campaign was that he wants to govern for the majority – and I can only agree.

    Will minorities have a voice? I feel most definitely.

    My personal opinion, and this is about the UK as well as the US – is that minority questions and finding the answers have become the norm, and the majority feel that they are/were left out of the political process.

    Of course minorities must be taken into account when all political actions are discussed and enacted. But we see that Blair failed on that, Brown is, too – and that is one of the multitude of reasons that the GOP took such a spanking.

    Eventually the majority will raise their voice – it is ill timed and patently stupid to ignore it.

  29. 29 Ibrahim in UK
    January 19, 2009 at 17:01

    Some of us are not all that optimistic! For as long as I’ve been alive, I have seen US presidents come and go, republicans and democrats, all having more or less the same foreign policy in the Middle East:
    1. unlimited and unquestioning support for Israel, militarily, financially and politically.
    2. Support for dictatorships that are pro-US
    3. Undermining of democracies that are not pro-US (not necessary anti-US either).

    While US foreign policy is still dictated by Israel and it’s lobby, I don’t expect “change”. When the Israeli Prime Minister can call the US president and tell him what to vote at the UN, I don’t expect the US to become a force for peace.

  30. 30 archibald in oregon
    January 19, 2009 at 17:03

    As long as people put their backs into this era of change and not just sit back on their e-world hindquarters expecting to be catered to, I believe that things will be different. It is easier to be a skeptic, than it is to maintain genuine hope in the face of such daunting circumstance. To those suspect of Obamas initial choices for his cabinet, have patience, there are some necessary evils that must be dealt with deftly, so as to not rock the boat too soon and scare those resistant to change. This is one of the smartest men we have had in the office in many moons and he is not cut from the same stodgy cloth that has shrouded the gov’t for these long years. Gods’ manservant in the white house, (Bush), certainly has not delivered in the past eight years, other than passing the buck on to the next administration. Lets have a little faith in someone tangible.

  31. 31 Trish
    January 19, 2009 at 17:04

    Those of us who volunteered on the Obama campaign are continuing the work we begun through increased involvement in local politics and planning community projects. But this sense of optimism and community responsibility doesn’t end with those who supported Obama. We live in a very Republican area, yet even here, there is the perception of change.

    Barack Obama never said that he would bring change, all by himself. He has always emphasised our responsibility, as today’s “day of service” illustrates. Change cannot come overnight, but here in Missouri, very much America’s heartland, we are already seeing changes of attitude. It is as if Obama’s election has reawakened something in America. There is a sense of togetherness through the current economic crisis, a greater sense of neighbourliness, kindess and concern.

    Meanwhile, already the new Congress has voted to expand SCHIP, which will give four million more children health-care coverage. It has also passed a bill to force companies to give women equal pay for equal work.

    As for foreign policy (and I speak as a Brit living in the USA) America’s primary responsibility must be to America, just as Britain’s responsibility is to Britain, etc. However, I think we will see more international cooperation during the Obama administration than we have seen of late.

    Let’s just enjoy the moment and next week, we can continue what we have begun, but if those overseas want change, they too must work to bring it about.

  32. 32 Tom D Ford
    January 19, 2009 at 17:07

    “Are we expecting too much from Barack Obama?”

    I suggest that the better question is:

    “Is Barack Obama expecting too much from us?”

    It is one thing to be inspired by the potentials that humans are capable of and another thing to inspire and ask humans to do and be their best.

    We Americans have long been trying to change from Conservative top down government by the wealthy few through fear and intimidation; to what Abraham Lincoln called a Government of the People, by the People, and for the People, a bottom up form of government which requires inspiring and asking people to do do and be their best.

    I wish Obama and all of us well.

  33. January 19, 2009 at 17:09

    Frankly, i think Mr. OBAMA will need more than two presidential terms to satisfy just three quarters of what the Americans are expecting from him. It’s unfortunate for him though that in addition to Africa as a Continent, the rest of the world is looking up to him for the change he promised, even though he promised change in America!

    I think people are raising their hopes too high for just one man who is testing the highest seat in the world for the first time.

    I have a lot of hopes in Obama myself, but i don’t expect it to come in short term. Its more of a long term project for me and i do not need to get it personally. I have causes that i support, to which i would expect serious action no matter how long it takes. These include; Peace, Quality Education for the less privileged in Africa, Justice for all, Genuine Democracy in Africa, Unity, Reconciliation, and Human Rights especially Children’s Rights.

    May God Bless OBAMA as he embarks on this long journey.

  34. January 19, 2009 at 17:13

    Obama doesn’t have a magic wand to create positive change at all levels. There will be a change of president but not a revolutionary change down all the political and economic issues. In terms of foreign relations, US policy is likely to remain the same regardless the new approaches as the US will not change its enemies and friends overnight. For the outside world the changes that Obama will bring will be just an old wine in new bottles.

  35. 35 Tom D Ford
    January 19, 2009 at 17:15

    “Yesterday I interviewed Helen Thomas earlier. She’s a formidable woman and the longest serving White House correspondent.”

    Ros, you’re very lucky, she is one of the best and an inspiring example for all journalists, not just for young girls and women.

    I’d like for Obama to request that she return to the White House press corps to help hold him to his ideals.

    Helen Thomas is one of my heroes for sure.

  36. 36 Marcia Castellani
    January 19, 2009 at 17:25

    Why do so many people compare Barack Obama to JFK and Abraham Lincoln? Likely, because everything about him symbolizes unity, something this country so desperately needs. Barack brings both black & white together, he is after all both. This is the first time in the state of this union that everyone is enfranchised. Black men everywhere will now know that they can be anything they want to be; more than just a former African brought to this country against his will. He is now an integral part of this country. This country now truly is ALL for ONE and ONE for ALL! We are all finally, free at last; free of self imposed prejudice, free to be all we want to be, free to live & strive together. I am not black, but I cannot explain the sense of PRIDE & JOY I feel for this country; the sense of HOPE I see for our future. A country that can come together like this can become nothing but GREAT! ALL can stand together and finally be proud to be Americans! God Bless America! We are ONE!

  37. 37 Lubna
    January 19, 2009 at 17:37

    Hey my dearest Ros… I, as an average Arab Muslim young woman, do not actually expect too much from American president elect Barack Obama… But also I do believe that the election of Mr Obama is very, very, very huge… The election of Mr Obama by itself does prove that change has come, BUT we should be able to separate between Obama the dream or the ideal and Mr Obama, the American president elect who obviously needs the help of Superman and his fellows inorder to fulfil all of his promises… Let’s celebrate Obama the dream, let’s always remind ourselves that dream CAN come true, but also let’s also take a deep breath and give Mr Obama, the American president elect a break… With my love… Yours forever, Lubna in Baghdad, Iraq…

  38. 38 Kim Johnson
    January 19, 2009 at 17:44

    Obama was elected only because he is black, so there is no change. I don’t expect anything from B. Hussein Obama because I did not vote for him and he will not be my President even though I am a US citizen. He will not achieve any of his goals because he will be busy campaining for his second term. Even if he does anything it is going to be a disaster to implement his liberal, socialist and communist agenda. British people are liberals and socialists and they are going to destroy their country with their idiocy. No good wishes for Obama.

  39. 39 Tom D Ford
    January 19, 2009 at 17:48

    “Is change really going to come?”

    Conservatives will fight tooth and nail against any change.

    This is an old old never-ending battle and the Bible story about God fighting against Pharaoh for the freedom of the Israelites is an early example of it. The Pharaoh was the then form of Conservatism and God represented The People.

    Funny isn’t it, God was a “lefty” back then, God and Moses had to inspire the Israelites to “change” their conditions and free themselves from their Conservative government and learn to govern themselves.

    Change is a long term battle and history teaches us that things have changed over time.

    It will probably get frustrating in the short term and when it does we ought to remind ourselves to think long term, to keep ourselves at it, because freedom, liberty, and human rights are always at stake, always in danger.

  40. 40 Saut
    January 19, 2009 at 17:50

    I speak as an outsider, a non-USA citizen of a South East Asian country. USA can hanker for the changes but no success in the change process. There are are 3 impediments:

    1. Currently, lack of resourceful and creative people. Prioritisation is not the USA’s forte. Given the multitude of problems both at home and abroad, it is near impossible to see USA able to multi-task its way out the mess. In the last 70 years, only two presidencies prioritise correctly and solve a whole litany of problems at the same time. Franklin D. Roosevelt in prioritising defeat of the Axis powers. Ronald Reagan in bringing down the Soviet Union. Bush is the antithesis of capable crisis manager, one moment chasing Osama, next moment going after Iraq, etc. In the later stage of his presidency, keeping 2 incapable people, Bernanke and Paulson, in charge of the managing the banking crisis. Is Obama’s economic team going to be any wiser whilst the inept and ignorant Bernanke is still around?

    2. Spent Money is lost money. Obama’s presidency began where the previous president was so intent on saving the financial system that the the risk-reward paradigm of the USA economic system is now skewed to buttress or aid the well-heeled. Will there be available money capital for those less well-off? USA’s founding was based on not wanting to enrich further the British Emperor. An inspection of many developing African economies will show that government-subsidised and legitimised chaebols can survive and prosper in the most depraved places.

    3. Humble pie is difficult to eat. USA’s shambolic international standing both economically and politically will undermine any proactive initiatives undertaken by Obama presidency. For example, I read in some Asian reports that Asian infrastructure companies are gearing up to participate in Obama’s stimulus package. Can Obama insist on ‘USA companies only’ policy ?

    If there is to be change : USA prepare to change for the worse.

  41. January 19, 2009 at 18:10

    Hi Ros
    You took the word right out of my mouth. We will be lucky to see a change of tone.
    President Obama will have to look to EU for guidelines on Iran until he has a proper grasp on power.
    It will be harder to talk to Tehran now that the future of Hamas, Iran’s protégé, is at stake.
    Will he talk to Iran, as he says? Will he talk to Grand Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei? Will he talk to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? Will he talk to Reformists or ultra-Fundamentalists, or the expatriate opposition in the States?

  42. 42 Cajetan Iwunze (UK)
    January 19, 2009 at 18:11

    People are expecting too much from Obama. I hope he will live up to their expectations. There is no doubt that he is young and charismatic but I have not seen a board policy initiative from him that will make him stand out. I have no doubt that he is capable of doing something for Americans but my worry is that Obama will allow his religious believe to overshadow his good sense of judgement. Because during his Presidential Campaign, he told Israel to fold their hands and allow Hamas to wipe them from the surface of the earth. That comment is not a sign of a President with a serious agender. who is capable of bring in change.

  43. 43 Tom D Ford
    January 19, 2009 at 18:15

    Obama has to get whatever change he wants through the Congress, they are the ones who can change things.

    As the President Obama will only execute the changes that the people demand and Congress allows.

    I wish him and us luck!

  44. 44 Stanley Grenz
    January 19, 2009 at 18:33

    It is better to have high expectations which are not realized than low ones that are attained. Human progress is made by people who have reached for the seemingly impossible and pulled humanity to new heights.

  45. 45 Gibson G. Zarkar
    January 19, 2009 at 18:34

    I’m a regular listener and I will say yes. The expectation will come, however, we all have to work together for this change come and we should not expect that soon because change takes time, commitment, and holding unto that change.

  46. 46 Chidi (from Minneapolis)
    January 19, 2009 at 18:35

    What people need to realize is that the change that Barack Obama is promising has already occurred. The change is cultural! We have reached a new cultural age called the 21st Century! His Inauguration will be the land mark for historians many years in the future as the official start of the 21st Century. Obama now needs to use this historical cultural achievement as a tool to try and energize America and the world.

  47. 47 Tom D Ford
    January 19, 2009 at 18:54

    Bush told us to live in fear, Obama is asking us to live inspired and be courageous, that is a great change in itself.

    Two completely opposite beliefs about The People.

  48. 48 Syed Hasan Turab
    January 19, 2009 at 19:02

    No doubt this election results are providing plain field to libral’s & Democrates, but without fixing the term or time limit to US lobbiest every thing will be invain, may be delay will cause sever damage to USA.
    Obiously US Democratic Institution’s are absorbing decent Democratic values & Democratic Society is Transforming in a way it suppose to be.
    Being a Global leader US has to do a lot specially trust building measure’s with strategic partner’s like Pakistan & unstrategic Phalistine along with Cuba, N. Koria & Iran. If Oboma suceed in bringing drastic changes in US LObbies & Global leadership may be remembered for ever in US & Global Histry.
    Without any doubt US need a master plan to fix the crediability of Global labour colonies & there Corporate Master’s, otherwise US will face Economic CRises on regular basis.

  49. 49 Tom D Ford
    January 19, 2009 at 19:15

    Bush told us to go shopping, Obama asks us to serve our fellow man, that is a refreshing change!

  50. 50 Louisa Arndt
    January 19, 2009 at 21:10

    People are enthusiastic, they’re applauding – and that indicates engagement! Obama, throughout his campaign and the preinaugural period, has invited the citizenry to participate. His Change.gov website solicits ideas and opinions. This works both ways, of course. Not all of us are pleased, but now we have a chance to talk back. And when we DO agree with his proposals, we can let our senators and representatives know that We The People want them to get on board as well!

    Louisa Arndt
    San Rafael California

  51. 51 archibald in oregon
    January 19, 2009 at 21:13

    @ Kim Johnson

    Fortunately, the time of ignorant xenophobes having sway in this wonderful country is almost past, but, have fun feeling bad and projecting negativity,

  52. January 20, 2009 at 02:08

    I hope that major changes are on the way in the works in the United
    States…I again stressed HOPE..

    ~Dennis Junior~

  53. 53 Marge
    January 20, 2009 at 06:42

    History will be fairer to Bush, by looking at the key facts. The decision taken by Bush in the immediate aftermath of September 11, which will rightly be regarded as the defining moment of the presidency will be pored over by historians. One thing they will doubtless conclude is that the measures he took to lock down America’s borders, scrutinize travellers to and from the US, listen-in on terrorist suspects, work closely with international intelligence agencies and take the war to the enemy has foiled many murderous attacks on American citizens.
    The avalanche of abuse and ridicule that we are witnessing in the media on Bush’s legacy obscure the truth.
    I wish Obama good luck. But who will the hysterical crowd abuse now?

  54. 54 Luci Smith
    January 21, 2009 at 08:37

    The Buddhist monks say you never walk through the same river twice.

    Change came yesterday and today and will come again tomorrow.

    Oh, Happy Day!

  55. January 22, 2009 at 07:27

    Israel: Obama’s Foreign Policy – No Change


    “The Obama administration took over the cyber-address of the presidency, WhiteHouse.gov, with a flourish,” wrote the New York Times (21.01.09).

    There may be “CHANGE” at the White House web site, but there is NO “change” on the new U.S. President’s Foreign Policy page:


  56. January 23, 2009 at 10:56

    What you talking about.

    change is going to come.

    oh, no change has really come,

    Vide the order of president Obama,
    regarding the Cuba prisons and the millitary commission.

    Through his policy statement,a message has been conveyed to Israel and Hamas
    and Palestine government regarding the stable peace in the Middle East.

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