The beautiful people will go back to their Beverly Hill mansions, the rock stars will put away their guitars, ordinary Americans will return to suburban dullness and Barack Obama will then have to roll up his sleeves and get down to work.
The new American President is smart, articulate and perhaps the best man to lead his country into a new era. But he is also an enigmatic figure. Little is known about his actual policy intentions, even as he has peppered his campaign speeches with all sorts of promises. His rise to leadership and his nerve-tingling oratory have won him the admiration of the world and the crushing burden of high expectations.
Obama now has to start meeting those expectations to support a weak economy, rescue a failed financial system, stop a war in Iraq, roll back climate change, save jobs and a lot more. Prioritizing his policy goals even as he tries to be a beacon of bipartisan hope will involve a high-wire act that will test Obama’s political skills and popularity.