The Bush Administration has ended. The Obama Administration about to begin.

You’d think that with all the ranting I did about the Bush Administration over the past eight years that I’d be ecstatic that the nightmare is over and a historic new Presidency is about to begin. Rather than jumping for joy I am actually feeling rather apprehensive. I felt the same way during Bush’s first inauguration. It’s not that I don’t think Obama is a move in the right direction or that he won’t be any better than Bush was, but when it comes to politicians of any kind my cynical side tends to kick in more so than my optimistic side.

Bush’s failure as a leader is as much the fault of the people he surrounded himself with as it is his own. On that score I think Obama has put together a better team than Bush did, but it’s not perfect. The challenges facing this new administration are huge, much more so than what Bush faced when he took office, and there’s only so many hours in the day.  On top of all of that there’s the simple fact that Obama is still a human being and not some idealized white knight on a shining horse who can do no wrong.

I have developed over the years a tendency to avoid pinning my hopes on something turning out to be a great thing until I have sufficient evidence to declare it is, in fact, a great thing. I apply this tendency to everything from summer blockbuster movies to meals at new restaurants to Presidents. If you ask me how great the Obama years will be I’ll tell you that I don’t know, but I’m hoping they’ll be at least somewhat decent which shouldn’t be too difficult considering how low the previous President has set the bar. Ask me again in a year and I’ll have the start of an answer. Ask me again in four and I’ll have something more solid to say.

8 thoughts on “The Bush Administration has ended. The Obama Administration about to begin.

  1. Bush is finally gone? I wasn’t paying attention anymore.

    Les, I do share your cynicism. Like any politician, he will break a good many promises he made, he’ll fall short of expectations realistic and not, mistakes will be made, a knight in shining armore he ain’t, and even if he’s willing, Congress and Senate may thwart ambitions.

    Let’s indeed review his record in a year…

  2. Moloch, didn’t watch the inauguration so that had nothing to do with it. I have the same feelings at every new President taking office. This is not unique to Obama.

  3. So Obama fucking up his own inauguration had nothing to do with those feelings?

    How did he fuck up his inauguration? Other than all the religious crap….

  4. If you were supersticious you’d worry- It was running late (If I understand this correctly for 4 minutes the US didn’t have a President, or Biden was in charge), Both he and the Justice making mistakes in the oath, and then Kennedy collapsing.

  5. Les: You’re not cynical.  I’m cynical.  I see it like this:

    Bush: A drunk driver driving in the wrong direction and weaving all over the road, hanging out the window waving a loaded gun.  Everytime he passes a farm he squeezes off a few shots mumbling something about “damned raptors”  He claims he drives and shoots much better when he’s drunk. 30% of the country agrees with him.

    Obama: A drunk driver driving in the right direction and weaving a little less and NOT hanging out the window waving a loaded gun.  He claims he’s not drunk. Over half of the country agrees with him.

    Neither of them seem to know how to get where they’re going, but Obama has a better destination in mind.

    I feel safer with Obama in the drivers seat, but only a little.

  6. swordsbane wrote:
    Obama: A drunk driver driving in the right direction and weaving a little less and NOT hanging out the window waving a loaded gun.  He claims he’s not drunk. Over half of the country agrees with him.

    That made me laugh! Here’s another one for you:

    McCain: A drunk driver in the fast lane, with the engine redlined, but the car is in neutral. Whenever he tries to shift into gear, he can only manage to grind the gears.

    Palin: A drunk driver passed out on the shoulder in a new BMW or Porche that has no engine. Once a passing cop shakes her awake, it turns out that she not only has no license, but in fact has never even driven a car, let alone knows what she’s doing there.

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