Voting in a new president helps solves some US image problems, but doesn’t deal with many of the the core issues facing us today. We need to be very careful to manage our own expectations at this point. The oceans have not stopped rising. Barack Obama is not the messiah. Of course he is not a very naughty boy, either, but we need to get real. I have high hopes for Barack – he could be one of the best presidents the country has ever had. But that is conditional, unrealised potential right now. Obama hasn’t even taken office yet. We need to take a deep breath, be quietly proud of ourselves for finally waking up, but realise the challenges only start now.
In his speech last night our president elect said:
“This victory alone does not represent the change we seek.”
Last night Sadcox Galt said, in a post entitled I Love Cake:
I’ve been watching, listening, reading for most of those minutes, and I have to say I’m a little shocked at the reaction of some of his supporters. While I admire your optimism, I wonder if you aren’t setting yourselves up for some major disappointment. I was worried that people may have set their expectations a little high, but now I’m pretty sure of it.
One of my key themes in consulting with Microsoft and Sun this week is Broccoli and Ice-cream. Its hard to persuade people to eat their broccoli, whereas ice-cream is easy. Tax cuts are ice-cream. Belt-tightening is broccoli. We just ate our dessert first- that is, we got the ice-cream. But now its time for our broccoli.
As Winston Churchill, a man who truly realised his potential, once said:
“Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning”.
If America is to be a great nation it must act like one. If we are to be a great people we must play our part. Let’s dial down the expectation and dial up the effort. Its now time, more than ever, to work on things that matter.
Google is just a company. Obama is just a man. America is just a country. How can his election victory possibly be the defining moment of his presidency? Wall Street had a clear purpose, and a frame most of us bought into – making money whatever the external costs.
Its time to get real. Lets roll our sleeves up.