That is the phrase that keeps coming to mind as I listen to some of the commetns made and expectations/hopes shared in preparation for tomorrow's inauguration of Barack Obama.
Yes I know that he has awakened a great deal of hope in those who support him. Yes I would have voted for him were I eligible. Yes he is a charismatic speaker. Yes his message of change and "Yes we can" is addictive.
But he is not a messiah. All will not suddenly be well as soon as he takes the oath of office (with his hand on the Bible used when Lincoln took the oath apparently). In his address yesterday Obama named the fact that it will be a long struggle. Politics being the art of the possible a reality of trading political favours/capital means that hopes and realities are often separate issues.
My hope is that the populace at large will give him time. The public are not good at patience. THe lure of the quick fix (particularly a quick fix that doesn't require us to actually change our expectations or behaviour) is very seductive. But real change and real healing and real recovery takes time. IT also (horror of horrors) requires people to change their lives. Will Obama's team be given a chance or will people expect a turnaround within the 1st 100 days?