Which raises another question – why is there so much anticipation?
A few thoughts from me:
- He’s an excellent orator, who seems to connect with people whenever he speaks;
- He conveys a sense of passion and belief in what he says;
- He inspires hope through the vision that he communicates; and
- Most of us are expecting him to change things – in a positive way.
Is it fair to place so much of our collective aspirations on one man? Probably not. But with exceptionally high approval ratings – and inevitable comparisons to his predecessor – Barack Obama has a large burden to carry.
Of course, there are many waiting for him to fail, or to fall, but I hope that he can maintain his clarity of vision, purpose and communication. I was heartened by Andrew Rawnsley writing in yesterday’s Observer:
“Better the audacity of hope than the timidity of cynicism.”
I’m looking forward to the speech tomorrow (which may be a bit sad!), but I’m also looking forward to see how Obama deals with the job. I hope he emerges from the presidency as fresh and as vibrant as he enters it.