Our New President

I’ll admit it; I voted for John McCain. I like the guy and everything he stands for. What’s not to like and respect about a man who as a young P.O.W. turned down the opportunity to go home after his captors learned of his identity? To him, it seemed wrong and downright unethical to desert his fellow countrymen who were also being held as prisoners. That’s the kind of man I want in my foxhole, don’t you? Then there are the decades of experience in the Senate in which he was being honed and seasoned to be the leader of the free world. With our country at war, the economy in shambles, the healthcare system in a deplorable shape, I reasoned that his leadership skills were just what the nation needed.

 

However, America has spoken, and over half  feel that Barack Obama is the man for the job. There are several attributes that I admire about him, among them his cool demeanor, his keen intellect, and his evident ability to inspire faith and hope in those who are ready for change. It scares me a bit that he seemed to come out of nowhere and to have SO MUCH MONEY AND POWER compared to others with a longer, steadier track record. And yet, the voters have spoken.

 

Here’s another thought I had as I watched Obama’s family on election night. There they were: a father, a mother, and the children…a nuclear family in an age when the increasingly popular standard seems to be anything but. Perhaps he’ll be just the role model that young men need to encourage them to “step up to the plate” and accept the responsibilities of parenthood. Perhaps Michelle will somehow inspire young women to marry and then have children. No, I’m not bashing single parents. I am saying, however, that anyone reading this who doesn’t think there is some degree of “mother hunger” and “father hunger” hasn’t listened to the children, teens, and yes, even the adults of the U.S.A.

 

McCain valiantly fought the good fight and was gracious and gentlemanly in his election night speech. Perhaps Sarah Palin hurt his cause. Perhaps it was the economy. Maybe it was the legacy of the Clinton/Bush years. Then again, maybe it’s just that he represents the “old school,” and his fellow Americans are desperate for change.

 

Does the president-elect have what it takes to heal the nation’s wounds and forge “unity among diversity?” I hope so. He has my support and my prayers. From the advice he’s being badgered with from his supporters and well-wishers, he’s going to need all of our prayers. I once read that Billy Graham said he supported whoever was president at the time because of his fervent belief that whoever the man was, he was God’s choice for us at that time in history. Sure hope he’s right

Author: jayne bowers

*married with children, stepchildren, grandchildren, in-laws, ex-laws, and a host of other family members and fabulous friends *semi-retired psychology instructor at two community colleges *writer

4 thoughts on “Our New President”

  1. I THINK YOU DID A GOOD JOB OF EXPRESSING YOURSELF INTELLIGENTLY. EVEN WHILE, YOUR CHOICE OF PRESIDENT DID NOT WIN, YOU WILL STAND BEHIND AND PRAY FOR OUR PRESIDENT ELECT. I AM AN AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN WHO DID VOTE FOR OBAMA. NOT BECAUSE HE IS BLACK, EITHER. REALISTICALLY SPEAKING, IF THAT WERE THE CASE, I WOULD HAVE STAYED HOME DURING THE OTHER ELECTIONS THAT I HAVE TAKEN PART OF. MANY PEOPLE WERE AFRAID OF ELECTING MCCAIN BECAUSE OF SARAH PALIN. I WOULD CRINGE AT THE THOUGHT OF HERE LEADING THIS COUNTRY SHOULD SOMETHING HAPPEN TO MCCAIN. WE ALL MAY AS WELL JOIN EACHOTHER AND GET BEHIND OBAMA. LET US REMEMBER OUR CONSTITUTION AND MAYBE SOME OF US NEED TO REREAD IT AND UNDERSTAND THAT WE ALL HAVE A DUTY SO LET’S GET BUSY! GOD BLESS YOU!

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  2. I remember thinking, at the beginning of the election, you know – I would be cool if either of them one.

    I sincerely hope that John McCain has a lot of love and support right now. I remember watching an interview with some politician and he said that nothing, no depression or sadness, could compare with the loss of losing a Presidential election. Because it gets so personal, he said that it is like the entire country said no to YOU, not just your policies.

    Hayden, I see what you mean. In fact, several of my friends have recently commented on how strong a self concept a person would have to have just to throw his (or her) hat in the ring in the first place. About McCain, I've wondered if he finds it consoling that he won the nomination over all of the other qualified men.

  3. Amen, Marla.

    I, too, am amazed at the huge amount of support (especially the grassroots nature of it, at the beginning at least) that came to Obama. If nothing else, he has inspired the younger generations to participate in the political system, and has helped lessen some of the apathy that everyone saw in America’s youth.

    We’ll see what he does now. It could really be anything; he has such a short track record of political experience. I am also praying. hard.

    Me too, Sarah.

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