How life will change under Obama?

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    Jan 20, 2009 4:21 AM GMT
    Not platitudes. "Oh, the world will now love us" or "I can now say I am happy to be a U.S. Citizen again!!!" How will Obama effect your life? Really?
  • mcwclewis

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    Jan 20, 2009 4:21 AM GMT
    Way too early to tell, my friend.
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    Jan 20, 2009 5:05 AM GMT
    Oh, c'mon, can't we have at least one platypus?

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    PSST!!! That's no PLATITUDES you moron!

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    Jan 20, 2009 5:20 AM GMT
    Seriously, I think the most immediate effect for me will be a lessening of the personal tension and feeling of doom I've had for years with Bush as President. This may be similar to your "happy to be a US citizen" platitude, but it does represent the lifting of a great weight off my shoulders.

    As for specific effects, I HOPE a better deal for GLBT will be coming, but I can't predict that. Nor can I predict with certainty much of anything. But I do have more faith in our US government now, to do the right things in many of the areas where Bush went so terribly wrong. So I guess it's about the "great expectations" that I now have.
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    Jan 20, 2009 5:28 AM GMT
    This is my arrogant white guy's view on how black people will view Obama (and black guys, tell me if you disagree!)

    Many black people will feel a sense of further validation of themselves and their race. Black children won't think growing up "well why has there never been a black president if there's all this hype about equal opportunity? After all, according to statistics, there should be a black president on average one out of every 32 years." Obama's presidency should spark further motivation among black people to strive for higher and harder goals now that another perceived racial barrier has been eroded.

    Some black people will realize that their personal beliefs are at odds with Obama's and in the future will not necessarily base their vote on the color of someone's skin. They may feel less connection as "black" and find other ways to identify with that don't have to do with the color of their skin. This is akin to many gay people today becoming Republican, as gay issues are becoming less of the forefront in politics.

    The naiive black people will passively and subconsciously align all of their political beliefs with everything Obama says, which is potentially hazardous if Obama ends up being a terrible president.

    /Black Benson
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    Jan 20, 2009 8:02 AM GMT
    Kinda weak. Platitudes and..................
    Kinda weak.... Can you have not been more creative......
    oh well ya get what ya get.......
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    Jan 20, 2009 8:31 AM GMT
    Well, you hope but you get what you get.
  • byronicheros

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    Jan 20, 2009 8:44 AM GMT
    It's going to be nice to have a president who has correct grammar. That, in itself, should change the way the president creates decisions. I'm not too sure how Bush ever got elected with his IQ, but somebody who can speak as eloquent as Obama, can think in a logical and chronological order and thus, create the best decisions for such critical problems.

    I'm worried the economy is going to continue to go in a downward spiral, and crime and violence is going to sore. When minorities are suppose to be using this ego-boost to overcome their inner fears and insecurities, I'm worried that poverty (created due to the economy) is only going to make things worse.

    I hope that Obama can think outside the box and maybe come up with other ways to "bail out" the economy. I think all this "bailing out" is, for sure, going to make all of us pay more in the future.

    He's got a lot on his plate. I just hope, with his intelligence, that he will be able to overcome the obstacles that Bush has left us in.

    Anyway, as far as changing me...It'll be amazing to have a president who I can somewhat relate to since I started voting. I started voting at the age of 18 (when I first took Political Science as a senior in high school), so it's going to be completely new to me to have somebody intelligent in the white house since I've been "politically conscious".


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    Jan 20, 2009 9:00 AM GMT
    I think gay rights will be put on the backburner as Obama does not want to alienate the right and the religious movement. He relies heavily on Latino support in many areas, and statistically they vote against gay rights due to their Catholic-religious background. I think he is honestly for gay rights, but he's got a lot more important issues to worry about, and in the end he's still a politician, and the next election is always on his mind.

    However, what I would LOVE to see happen would be Obama's signature on the repeal of the Patriot Act, and for him to disband the Department of Homeland Security. I would feel better knowing the government isn't spying on me (as much). It would also be great if he began withdrawing almost all of our foreign troops from EVERYWHERE, my friends and family of friends. This would also really help to balance the budget.