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A new U.S. President: The rhetoric ends and the work begins

January 21, 2009

Watched the inauguration speech today. A pretty good speech and Obama delivers well. The U.S. now has its first black, left-handed president. Actually the 1st black and the 8th left-handed presideent.

For those that are interested, the previous seven were Garfield, Hoover, Truman, Ford, Bush sr. and Clinton. That is, for those of you who are interested.

The proof of the pudding now will be in the months and years to come. Where will the new President take his country.

Actually, in some ways I feel sorry for the guy – probably misplaced as he is certainly very bright and come across as nothing if not confident – as every group and person in the U.S.and maybe worldwide seem to think that Obama is going to advance their particular agenda. But I suspect now that the campaign rhetoric is in the past, Obama will turn out to be a pragmatic leader and will make his decisions based on reality and not on ideological considerations. At least I hope.

However I think predictions that he will be one of the greatest presidents ever is a bit premature.

If I was a U.S. gun owner I would be apprehensive. Not necessarily because of Obama but because the anti-gun crowd has been energized by the thought of a Democratic Congress along with a Democratic president and are poised to push their radical agenda full press.

During the election process Obama tried to align himself with gun owners, saying that he supported the 2nd Amendment, even though his voting record on gun issues indicated otherwise. Maybe, now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled, Obama has come to believe that the right to bear arms really does exist. But some of his qualifying statements plus his appointment of Eric Holder as his Attorney General makes one wonder how deep his newly found conviction is.  Certainly he has given hope and solace to the anti-gun activists.

There have also been concerns about the appointment of Cass Sunstein to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs due to his anti-hunting and animals rights opinions.

The truly amazing thing about Obama is that he has been able to convince so many people of diverse agendas and views that he is on their side of the issue, even when he is covering both sides. People simply want to believe. Sooner or later he will have to come down on one  side of the fence or the other on issues. When that time comes – and it must come – you would expect a backlash. But the American people, at least so far, seem willing to cut him a lot of slack.

The next four years will certainly be interesting to watch.