I've never been all that interested in politics. Why get all worked up over someone who will turn out to be a liar anyway? Everything promised on the campaign trail gets compromised and watered down and oftentimes completely reversed. Still, I have to admit that the last eight years have been difficult for me as I watched a complete boob hoodwink Americans into voting for him and then watch as he destroyed our credibility in the world, invaded a sovereign nation (but not for the oil, for the WMDs wink wink) and pushed the nation to the brink of financial ruin. Nobody likes an I told you so, but I told you so!
I haven't been carried away by Obama the way some people have. Sure I like his message, but I can't help being cynical. Yesterday I went to a little cafe for lunch where they had a tv and they were showing the inauguration ceremony. It was hard not to swell with (not pride really, but something happy and emotional) feeling seeing over a million people out there freezing their butts off chanting Obama. And then when he stumbled on the swearing in, I thought it was so human of him, and then his excellent speech with not too subtle jabs at Bushco. Good for him. I was surprised too at how the Quebecers in that little cafe were just as riveted to the screen as I. They know a momentous occassion when they see one too. I had always said that my country wouldn't vote for a black man and I have never been happier to have been wrong in my life.