And Now for the Hard Part.


My boss put it well this morning, "I didn't vote for him, but I hope I want to in four years."

A Republican pundit on CNN tonight said, "We need him to be the best President we've ever had."

And nobody put it better than John McCain himself:

"These are difficult times for our country. And I pledge to him tonight to do all in my power to help him lead us through the many challenges we face.

"I urge all Americans who supported me to join me in not just congratulating him, but offering our next president our good will and earnest effort to find ways to come together to find the necessary compromises to bridge our differences and help restore our prosperity, defend our security in a dangerous world, and leave our children and grandchildren a stronger, better country than we inherited."

There are a lot of reasons why Obama won, and they are reasons worth being proud of. From the DNC speech in '04 and clear through last night, his message and his tone has been about unity and hope. For all the necessary juxtapositions of his policies compared to the failed policies of the last eight years, the vast majority of his campaign has been about something worth voting for, not simply being the alternative to something worth voting against.

His campaign put offices in areas they didn't have to compete in to win the election. They fought for votes in states that they couldn't and didn't need to win. But they did because the strategy from the beginning was and remained to truly change the way our country sees itself.

From 2004:

"It is that fundamental belief: I am my brother’s keeper. I am my sister’s keeper that makes this country work. It’s what allows us to pursue our individual dreams and yet still come together as one American family.

"E pluribus unum: "Out of many, one."

"Now even as we speak, there are those who are preparing to divide us — the spin masters, the negative ad peddlers who embrace the politics of "anything goes." Well, I say to them tonight, there is not a liberal America and a conservative America — there is the United States of America. There is not a Black America and a White America and Latino America and Asian America — there’s the United States of America."

Now here's the thing, I really believe him. I believe that he wants to usher in a new brand of politics, that he wants to help change the culture in Washington, and to repair the divide that the culture wars and its mongers on the left and right have created. But desire and ability are two different things, and now for the hard part.

"What began 21 months ago in the depths of winter cannot end on this autumn night.

"This victory alone is not the change we seek. It is only the chance for us to make that change. And that cannot happen if we go back to the way things were.

"It can't happen without you, without a new spirit of service, a new spirit of sacrifice.

"So let us summon a new spirit of patriotism, of responsibility, where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves but each other."

I know there are a lot of you who are reading this that disagree strongly. That don't believe him. That certainly don't trust him.

What I hope for is that, like my boss, you'll at least be willing to give him a term. To see if he's able to create jobs. To see if he's able to reduce health care costs and to get more people covered. To see if he can create an energy policy that will reduce our long-term dependence on foreign oil.

Give him a term.

Click "delete" instead of "forward".

Choose to Hope.

5 thoughts on “And Now for the Hard Part.”

  1. Amen and amen. He can’t make changes by himself. It takes Congress to go along with him. Will they help him or fight him?
    This is America, GOD Bless America. We need God back in our schools and everywhere.
    God Bless Us All.

  2. I agree with your boss, I hope I will want to vote for him in 4 years. I hope I have been totally wrong about him.
    I have a lot of hope and a lot of time :)
    Love to all!
    Aunt Darlene

  3. The pressure is definitely on! But I have more hope and optimism than EVER before that this country will get back on track, close the gap between the haves and have nots, and regain its moral leadership in the world. This election has done more in informing and inspiring other peoples about democracy than any display of power could ever hope to. Thanks, Brian, for emphasizing those words which call us all to be part of the solution – the victory is not the change, but through service and sacrifice we may make possible the change. We need to call our senators and representatives when issues arise so that they know re-election depends on constituents and not just support for special intersts.
    The thing is I believe too! His campaign was an amazing example of 2 years of good judgement, consistency, and rational, well-thought-out decision making. He never had to reshuffle, reorganize, let people go/get new people, change strategies for short term gain – like the gas tax holiday – he seems to be able to see the big picture. And I believe McCain, too – I think he will work wholeheartedly with Obama to bring this nation back together – how incredibly gracious and patriotic his words were!
    And I also look forward to your blogs over the next 4 years – keep reminding us of what we need to do to make this work!

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