As the days to the Bush administration dropped to a close, we will soon be experiencing the full Monty of an Obama administration. Due to the lack of leadership that George Bush has been showing recently, Barack Obama has unofficially been assuming his presidential duties. Even when he pulls out his placard, with the office of president elect on it, he's still chance the mantra that we only have one president at a time. What, because Bush has been mailing it in, he hasn't been exactly locking horns with anyone and few have even complained. But, because Obama has been parading himself out to a lot turn with his 'office of the president elect' placard on it, we have been getting a few insights of what we can expect once January 20 rolls around. Well, probably January 21, because with the inaugural balls and everyone falling all over themselves noting that what an historic day January 20 will be, the federal government will be mailing you in that day too.
In the campaign, Americans were promised just about everything under the sun. We were promised efficient government, better bureaucracies, and balanced budgets. Now, not that anything was said just to get elected, but the expectations are going to be lowered. And the bad thing is, they are going to be lowered a lot. The Obama presidency can be compared to just about every Democratic presidency of the 20th century. Last November, we were electing Obama because we were seeking the good qualities of a youthful Kennedy, and the inspiration of Franklin Roosevelt. What will we be getting? Well, Obama has been reading a lot of Lincoln. But his most recent speech sounded like the malaise speech that was delivered by Jimmy Carter. Evidently, the economic situation in America will not be getting better soon. Every day, millions of Americans who once chanted 'yes we can' are now hearing 'probably not'. We were expecting the balanced budgets like we got from the Clinton administration. But instead, like the Clintons did, Obama will be checking the polls to see what is popular and read a speech from his TelePrompTer accordingly. So, instead of getting balanced budgets, we will be getting hugely expanded social programs reminiscent of the Lyndon Johnson era. And we also lack the energy to keep the fire lit for a fireside chat. American voters were all taken in by the eloquence of a reassuring speech made by Barack Obama leading us know that the future was going to be okay. But now, our economic future is to be feared. What is the only thing we have to fear?
While campaigning, Obama was elected because he saw a vision of America in which huge governmental deficits would be dimming the bright future of the children for generations to come. A $400 billion annual deficit was seen as irresponsible and embarrassing to the citizens of the United States. Yet if we look at fiscal year 2009, the federal deficit will be triple that. And we can expect $1 trillion deficits annually for years to come. Has that much changed since the campaign? America is looking for the steadfast convictions of an unwavering president as displayed by Woodrow Wilson. We are also looking for the buck to stop as displayed by Harry Truman. Will we see these qualities of Democratic administrations also displayed? Let's hope so. After all, we were promised that Obama could hit the ground running on day one. So I'll be patient. But January 20 is fast approaching.