If nothing else, Obama has made it easier to be an American overseas.
Rocky and I were just in Spain.
From our hotel window on the 10th floor of the AC Barcelona on Diagonal Ave, we could see this:
(although, from that angle, it looked like a characature of Richard Prior...this is a much better perspective)
Here's the story: http://www.wtop.com/?nid=105&sid=1509947
If you read it, you will see that originally, it was intended to question the out-sized expectations and exceitment that is Obamamania.
You will also see that the creator of the piece is an Obama "fan"...but a cautious one. Remembering that he is just a man.
The right has tried to inflate him to some out-sized anti-Christ, saying somehow he will march down our streets and collect our guns and Bibles, and have his Kenyan relatives put a witch -curse on us.
Some in the left seem to have forgotten that most of his campaign promises came with a "we will" in front of them, not an "I will".
But for one week I enjoyed walking around in Spain getting friendly smiles and thumbs-ups from strangers saying "Obama!". Having strangers tell me over beer that America has a history of doing things that no other country would do, and now once again, we have done something that no other country would do, and it is good.
It was described to me as a return to greatness, a rise in the moral mandate of America in the world...a leader (America) showing the way into a better future. It could have been the beer, but this recent election was spoken of with admiration and happiness to me by British, Norwegian and Spanish people. They couldn't stop telling me about how great America was (and is), though they were a little worried about us for a while there.
A waitress with no English at all tried to give me a newspaper with Obama on the cover, announcing his election. Everywhere I went, people asked me how I voted. Even though Obama was not my first choice way back at the beginning, I was happy to be able to say I voted for him...but when the hype dies down, I hope that people remember how he talked about how this was going to be difficult, and not everyone would be happy with every decision, and how we were going to have to do it together, and something would be asked of all of us, and it would be more than just "take a trip to Disney World" or "buy yourself a flat-screened TV for Christmas."
(BTW, does everyone remember when the conservative perscription to fix the economy was "go out and buy stuff"...and now suddenly it's the liberals' fault that people were buying too much damn stuff? What is up with that?)
Update #1 courtesy of Alan:
Speaking of going forward and not going back, vote with your wallet! You can go here to find out which businesses and business owners contributed money to pass "Proposition 8". In this way, you can then decide if you want your money to go to a business that will take some of the profits and turn it into funding for a divided, unequal America.