America’s optimism brings hope to all
Published 12:41 pm Thursday, January 22, 2009
Sometimes, perception leads to reality … or at
least a perceived reality.
And, as any business leader will tell you, perception
can certainly shape and influence reality.
So we think it’s good news that Americans have
shifting sense of optimism after the inauguration of
President Barack Obama on Tuesday.
According to an Associated Press-Knowledge
Network poll released Wednesday, Americans feel
“more optimistic about the future of the country
now, by a whopping 3-1 margin.
With so many challenges ahead – the economy,
wars abroad, concerns about government effectiveness
and stability – Americans have valid reasons
Even President Obama acknowledged the tasks
at hand in his inaugural address, reminding citizens
that this “is the beginning” of the work we must
tackle together, as a nation.
Even with the challenges
ahead, Americans seem to
respond to President
Obama’s rally cry, whether
it was a response based on
his charisma, his confidence
or his policies and
plans remains to be seen.
But, at this point, what
matters most is that
Americans are once again
renewed in spirit and in
hope. Millions turned out
to witness the historic
inauguration in person, filling
the Mall and
Washington D.C. Millions
more watched on television,
listened on the radio
or watched on the Internet.
And, what they saw and heard touched something
… A sense of hope, an optimism, a sense of confidence.
As our new president said, much hard work lies
ahead. That spark of optimism and hope will be
necessary as we forge ahead, working to right our
nation and solve the challenges that we face.