The electorates in the world's democracies are vastly ignorant and are easily swayed by sound-bite rhetoric. Our psyche's are full of 'now' and not 'how' and especially not 'why'. And intelligent politicians consistently underestimate what ordinary are capable of and/or willing to understand any issue beyond their own backyard. The electorate loves being talked down to; the electorate hates having to 'think'. The man on the street always knows how simple it is to solve the problems legislators and politicians face.
In his innaugural speech, President Obama could see the writing on the wall. He warned the vast crowds that tough times lay ahead, but we glossed over the warnings and preferred to think that all our well-earned economic woes would somehow be 'magicked' away and that we wouldn't have to suffer the consequences of our greed and our belief that we could have it all on the never-never. I despair at the sight of a country that just refuses to grow up. The country cannot survive without a social structure that takes care of a society that is no longer agrarian. We need to accept a responsibility for our vastness and our complexity.
Obama has done what needed to be done because of the mistakes made by others. He has tried to take the nation in a much needed different direction and he has saved us from ourselves. Without his actions the country would have suffered unemployment figures that make the present ones look like a walk in the park. Let's hope the next two years teach us all a thing or two.
I can't help but agree with those who say that the President needs to limit some of his bi-partisan efforts though. It takes two to play that game and so far he's been playing solitaire and looking the fool.