On President Barack Obama’s first full day in office, an Associated Press-Knowledge Networks poll found 67 percent of Americans, including 47 percent of Republicans, are hopeful and optimistic.
Obama has wasted no time tackling the boatload of problems he inherited from George W. Bush. From Wall Street to Main Street to the Middle East, Obama has to clean up Bush’s mess.
Obama has to rescue the faltering economy, prevent foreclosures, create four million jobs, save the auto industry, and keep hope alive.
But the federal coffers have been bled dry as a consequence of endless wars and “irresponsibility on the part of some but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age.”
To paraphrase the Notorious B.I.G., “More power, more problems.”
Though Obama’s plate is overflowing, he must not forget the least of these. As Women’s Media Center President Carol Jenkins writes:
This is our true mission as we leave the scene of great celebration: to remember the homeless we saw sleeping in doorways as we made our way to the fancy inaugural balls last night. To determine acts to accompany the words that will counter the deepening economic distress we woke up to this morning—affecting, increasingly, not only the anonymous buried in the statistics, but people we know, perhaps even ourselves. To remember the women, still the poor and vulnerable of the world. And to remember that ever more importantly, we must tell their stories—tell them straight and strong so we move people to act, as well as think and feel.
Indeed, but for the grace of God go I.