Awaiting change: Obama's chance to earn his chops

Monday, December 1, 2008 | 11:10 a.m. CST; updated 11:19 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, May 4, 2010

President Obama, you are a campaign phenomena and the first black president. That is quite an achievement. These two achievements are only preludes to greatness. I believe you will achieve greatness when you have led us through a series of crises and/or to a higher level of existence.

We expect you to use your judgment and administrative acumen to wisely choose a staff to assist you in making your campaign promises a reality. You must immediately take control of the transition process and pick a Cabinet that will contribute to the necessary stabilization of the crisis, which is affecting every sector of our country, while jump-starting yourchanged programs.

We expect you not to forget to thank and include those who supported you in your quest for the presidency.  Greatness will come when you have developed a track record of extraordinary achievements. We all are blessed — or cursed — with ecological, social, political, economical, educational, military and health challenges and opportunities that will provide you with ample chance to earn your chops. It is recognized that you will want to divorce yourself from divisive elements, which might interfere with your quest to address the issues, which are important to all of us. Be aware that if you succeed we will all claim you. If you fail, we will attribute your failure to your relationships with those you represent.

There are many of us who are not finished campaigning for you and your promise of change. We want to be of service to our country, you and change. Keep us enlisted and teach us what more we can do. Your election is but the first step.Can you continue to connect, communicate and inspire us? Many of us are committed to assist you however we can. Your change paradigm and personnel choices all come with challenges that only you will be responsible for, and only you will be expected to handle. It is our responsibility to hold you accountable for achieving or not achieving the promises you made during your campaign. We, like you, have no permanent friends, no permanent enemies— only permanent interest, which you promised to join us in addressing.

Our prayers and support are with you in all of your endeavors. Use all of the resources available to you, including any help that we may provide.  Remember the whole range of support available to you from the advantaged elites to the low income and disadvantaged.  We are all investing in your promise of change. We want you to earn your chops. We believe that your change program's success will develop a better world. Let's get busy, Mr. President-elect. We want to earn “our chops” with you.     

Definition of change: to alter, to make different, to cause alteration from one state to another.

Dr. William E. Robertson is a professor emeritus at MU.


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Ayn Rand December 1, 2008 | 3:15 p.m.

Speak for yourself.

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