Thursday, November 6, 2008

Nothing Sets Up Failure More Than Unrealistic Expectations

The youth and black voters who see Obama as some sort of "savior" for their problems and the ills of the world may be in for something of a surprise.

But perhaps Obama’s greatest challenge will not be overseas or the
economy at home: it will be meeting the stratospheric expectations of
his base supporters — especially African Americans.

I suppose I got caught up in the emotion of the night due almost
exclusively to the genuine and copious tears of black Americans. The
ones I spoke to and interviewed were nearly speechless with joy. With a
start, I realized something that had escaped me all these long months
of writing and thinking about this race. For many African-Americans,
this election was a spiritual event, something that transcended the
corporeal and brought to mind ancestral yearnings and desires for

Sort of frightening if you really think about it. Obama is just a man, no more, no less. He's now the President, but really, does the President have much of anything to do with your day-to-day life? Really? Setting him up as some sort of Messiah is a sure recipe for disappointment.

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