Heard it all before.
Then you probably know that historically (where the United States is concerned) there have been leaders who have pulled this country and its economy out of the ditch before.
Hmmmm... was your post edited to dilute some strong words aimed at me, bobbie? If so, I don't blame you. I'm an opinionated son of a bitch with a trigger-happy gob on me. I'm sorry if I offended you.
Only last night, I was up to my old tricks - pissing over what was a perfectly good night with some friends via a half-hour rant on my two least favourite things - goverment and religion.
I then retired to the bathroom where I puked over the floor. Ms Wayne was not amused. Our dog trembled behind the sofa.
I'm now stupidly hungover.
I am a cynic - that much is true. It probably comes from the same place that my writing comes from - a bittersweet childhood. I haven't worked out if it's a blessing or a curse, or something in between, but I do know it's pretty much who I am, and there's no point in fighting it.
So, anyway - Obama. Yes, he won because people are voting for a better ecomony. However, in my opinion, the best thing any goverment could do for the ecomomy is to stay the hell away from it. Spending money when there's none to spend is not going to be good for the economy. Legislating and making restrictions on trade is not going to be good for the economy. Tax is not going to be good for the economy - it just helps to maintain the goverment's overdraft.
Is he a man of peace? No, he's a man of war. He just prefers Afghanistan and Pakistan as a place to jive, instead of the merry Bush/ Cheney jig in Iraq.
I do, however, think that he will be a better diplomat than Bush - all the signs point towards an initial embrace from European countries for Obama. Perhaps that's a good thing.
I'm also not colour blind - the fact that America has its first black president in itself is a very positive move from the world MLK was born into, and I don't underestimate the power of that alone.
So, there you go - a little optimism from me.