I look at our new president and hope and pray that those shoulders are sturdy enough to bear the burdens ahead in his first term and that the American people truly understand his message ["Barack Obama's Inauguration Is One for the History Books," usnews.com]. Personal sacrifice is something most Americans won't tolerate. Take a pay cut? Pay part of my health coverage? Heaven forbid! How can change take place on a national level if change can't even take place on a personal level? Of course, there are many Americans who are now sacrificing for their country. But greed, power, and gluttony seem to have taken over the mentality of those in power—not service for the public good. I pray this will change. I know it will take a long time for even a small difference, perhaps longer than two terms, assuming President Obama can prove himself to be worthy.
Comment by Barb Smith of OR
I hope the American people will be more grateful in retrospect for the Bush administration and its major accomplishment: peace at home. I also wish to extend my best wishes and hopes for a successful presidency to President Barack Obama. May we as Americans come to a place where we can discuss our differences in a respectful and intelligent manner.
Comment by Carol Williams of NY
Obama is only one man. The question that we wait to see answered is: Is he the man who can put together a team that can help solve the current crisis? Do not blame the policies of Bush for this current situation. Look to yourself and your elected members of Congress. Did you monitor their actions? Pay attention to their policies? Did you sit at a table full of "pork" and accept multiple servings? In a land and a time in history where the decisions made may be the key to the survival of this country, we must all pray that Obama has the wisdom and the skills to guide us. I for one will wait and let time be the judge.
Comment by S. Coley of WA
Barack Obama will definitely help this country and the problems that we have. However, the American people need to understand that the problems we have are not going to be fixed within the next week, the next month, the next year, or even the next eight years. As of today, we have more men and women out of work than we did in the Great Depression. We are in the highest national debt that any country in the world has ever been. So all I ask is that we please just trust the man that we have given this office to and let his cabinet do what needs to be done to put this great country back on track again.
Comment by Zach of CO