Finally, a Leader

January 17, 2009

My intense bias aside, it’s hard to imagine John McCain providing the depth and quality of leadership that our soon-to-be new president has demonstrated. Clearly Barack Obama’s first priority is leadership, not ideology. That means elevating pragmatism over politics and candidly communicating often with the American people:

“Only a handful of times in our history has a generation been confronted with challenges so vast,” he said Saturday. “An economy that is faltering. Two wars, one that needs to be ended responsibly, one that needs to be waged wisely. A planet that is warming from our unsustainable dependence on oil.”

“There will be false starts and setbacks, frustrations and disappointments, and we will be called to show patience even as we act with fierce urgency.”

I doubt any president-elect has accomplished so much before taking the oath of office. Already he’s exceeded my lofty expectations. This will make Tuesday all the more magical.

And then begins the extraordinarily hard work of governing. I hope President Obama will call on the people to make tangible sacrifices. Nothing will do more to bring us closer together.