Keep Hope Alive

Aides to President-elect Barack Obama say that they are worried that expectations may be too high. To address this, Obama will try to bring down expectations during his next public appearances.

Personally, I don’t think that there is a great problem with exaggerated expectations. People are genuinely happy that their vote mattered and that they could elect a new and positive leadership after being alienated by their current government. Most people will also understand that it takes time to fix serious problems and that some problems may not be fixed, only alleviated.

The wiser strategy for Obama’s transition and early administration would therefore be to keep hope and enthusiasm alive. That’s what got him elected and also what will keep him popular during the first stages of his administration.

Source: NY Times, Obama Aides Tamp Down Expectations.



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