Thursday, January 22, 2009

An opinion

I wish I could be as eloquent as my friend Terri. She is the author of a blog I enjoy greatly,

I wanted to share with you something she wrote. I feel exactly as she does, and am so thankful for Terri allowing me to share it with you.

Opinionated Coffee Cup
Join me here with a cup of coffee while I air a few thoughts about the current hub bub.

All weekend long I've heard a copious amount of news, opinions, debates, chronicles and more about our incoming president. Almost every single one promotes the idea that the moment our new president is inaugurated, life as we know it will forever be sunshine, rainbows and bliss.

It's my opinion that an awful lot of people are going to be sadly and badly disappointed. And it's a darned shame!

Whether or not I voted for Obama is not at stake here. He is my president and I will pray daily for him to have wisdom and wise counsel in all he does. As a Southerner, who well remembers separate drinking fountains and desegregation and such, I am proud that as a nation we've made this vast step forward. But what we have to remember here is that if race doesn't matter, then we shouldn't be making such a huge fuss over his race. Let's make a big deal over his ideals instead. Let's make a big deal out of his party if we must, but for heaven's sake let's remember that he is a man: human, intelligent, with faults and virtues like any other.

I am concerned at the unrealistic views of those who are so vocal in the media. Because Obama is untried, inexperienced and new to the tasks at hand. He's going to have a thousand and ten new things to learn, as anyone who takes on a new job. He will struggle with making difficult and life altering decisions. He will make choices that are unpopular with his own party as well as to the opposing party.

He is a young man who will leave office as aged as any other before him. The job of the presidency takes a tremendous toll on the leaders who are chosen to fill that position. Take a look at any president's before and after photographs. The stress and strain of the position is visible in every grey hair, every line of their face.

He doesn't have a magic wand to wave and make all things as all people would wish them immediately. There will be choices that are heart wrenching for him. He will make great decisions and grave mistakes. There are problems to be solved that will take years to fix, and nothing will overnight be set right after the stroke of midnight on January 21.

Whether or nor he was your choice as president, let me urge each of you to pray for him daily while he is in office. He will need every prayer he can get! May God bless him and his family.

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