President-elect Obama has been given the opportunity and the mandate to turn this nation around. Close scrutiny will be the order of the day as a nation eager for change watches to see if his actions match his words. Obama’s style lends itself to a spirit of cooperation and bipartisanship, and I was proud to also see and hear John McCain recognize the fact that all Americans must come together and find solutions to our many urgent problems.
Americans can disagree on ideology and continue to haggle, or they can get about the task of repairing the problems. The increased political polarization that has developed, especially over the past seven years, must enter the history books and be viewed as part of our past. Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neil did it during the 80s, and once again, we have the kind of leadership that I strongly believe will reach across the aisle and do what’s right for the nation.
Come January, we will have a president who knows how to listen and who becomes an even better listener when people disagree with him. The approach of going it alone in the world will come to an end.
When I woke up Wednesday morning, I was even more proud to be an American. I believe that Obama will continue to be a transformational leader. Only time will tell how this new administration handles the incredibly difficult issues facing it against a backdrop of enormous expectations. We are all watching and the time is short.
Mark R. Carney