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January 20, 2009

Barack Obama becomes the President and entire world is wearing on my nerves

I’ve never been very good at starting trends, but I’ve always excelled at bucking them. DVD player? No thank you, my VCR works just fine. Skinny jeans? I prefer a flaired-out style. Massive US Presidential Inauguration Day following a year and a half of ridiculous campaigning? I’m sure there’s got to be some reruns on somewhere.

I am by no means an Obama-hater; I was, quite sincerely, happy that he is to be the next president, rather than John McCain. President Obama (as he will soon be known) seems to be a bright, well-spoken man with great dreams for his country, and I think I can speak for everyone when I say I hope he does better than Dubya ever did. That said, as a Canadian, I’m ready for all this nonsense to be over.

Here in Canada we have been watching the American Presidential race unfold for last year or so. We saw the Hilary-Barack battle, the Sarah Palin I-can-see-Russia-from-my-house hilarity, and the scores and scores of celebrities wearing Obama hats, shirts, scarves, and who knows what else. Today’s Inauguration is the culmination of essentially two years of campaigning for Barack Obama; it paid off, as the entire world knows who he is and today he will be President. In the meantime, however, the rest of us have been subjected to day-to-day newspaper articles and television news spots devoted to this issue.

I do understand that today history is being made; the first (part) African-American is being sworn in as the President of the United States! Is it a big deal? Of course it is! I understand that this means big things for the African-American community, and likely every other community and individual out there who ever has felt marginalized. I understand this is a monumental change for the US, and it deserves to recognised.

However, I have to say that the “Obamamania” that has swept North America – no wait, the entire world – is wearing on my nerves. Everyone is behaving like he has already saved the whole world, when in fact, as President, he hasn’t done anything yet; he is being judged as some sort of perfect miracle, when he has yet to accomplish anything. Why is everyone so in love with Barack Obama when he’s only just arrived?

Here in Canada, toward the end of the US race to be Homecoming King, we had our own Federal election. Stephen Harper called an election, the parties campaigned, debated, and verbally assaulted each other as per usual; we voted, they counted, it was over: six weeks. Six weeks! Not two years, or even one year; six weeks. I wonder: did the US get the coverage of our election that we’ve had of theirs? I’m guessing not. Canadian politics isn’t all that exciting, without the parties, galas, balls, ceremonies, speeches, etc … it’s just about politics here.

While I sincerely hope a successful reign for President Obama, I hope that everyone is ready to get back to their lives once this Inauguration is over. Barack Obama has become fashionable, a trend, just like iPhones and guyliner. When Hollywood hopped aboard, the rest of the world did too. What’s left now is to see if Obama can live up to the hype that’s been created. You can let me know; I’ll be watching something else.

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