The December holidays are finally winding down. Decorations are to be packed up, our homes are being put back into order and left over holiday goodies are being cleaned out of refrigerators. So naturally, as we are fed up with our past week of excess, what comes to mind during the December wind down? Resolutions. And lots of them. But I am a realistic person and I know that my personal resolution lists rarely pan out. So this year, I am doing it a little differently. I would like to consider what sort of resolutions Obama might want to make for 2009. Perhaps you may have a few to add to his list as well.
On the eve of a hope-filled New Year and his first inauguration, Barack Obama’s resolution list has got to be about a mile long. Although, I’m not sure how he can discriminate his resolution list from the endlessly unfurling to-do list draped over his desk right now.
In the midst of all that is to be taken seriously in the New Year, The Red Stapler Chronicles had some resolutions for Obama that gave me a good laugh. For example:
- Fix the leaking faucet in the Oval Office to immediately save tax payer’s money
- Make sure new puppy gets along with Biden’s new dog to avoid dog fighting scandal.
Now it’s my turn. Here are a few suggested resolutions this liberal minded mom might add to President-elect Obama’s list:
Prepare that pedestal.
With so much work ahead of him, folks may shove him right off that pedestal if he doesn’t change things on day one. Or, it could go the other way. Any difference he makes at all could officially establish his superhero status and permanence on that pedestal. Either way, he needs to ready his pedestal and be prepared for anything.
Keep that ego in check.
With all the inauguration fanfare and Obama mania ringing in the streets, he needs to keep a grounded perspective. I am expecting Michelle to see right through it all and remind him who Barack really is.
Keep it real.
President or not, he must remember his roots, his family, his heritage and the real reasons he got into politics in the first place.
Don’t forget the moms.
With his wife and mother-in-law dropping everything to raise his children, he better recognize the kind of work mothers actually do and that women nationwide are expecting more focus on rights for working mothers during his presidency.
Keep a sense of humor.
President-elect Obama is a funny guy. There is not much to laugh at right now but his sense of humor will serve him and this White House well in the midst of it all.
Stay squeaky clean.
After our last democratic president, I shudder to think about what sort of damage one stupid, selfish decision could do right now.
Keep those promises.
As any politician does during an election, Obama has made a lot of them. The difference is that this time if he doesn’t keep those promises and we don’t see change happen, a recession will be the least of our problems.
Play with your kids.
There is no better way to keep perspective and maintain sanity than to play with your children after a long day at the office solving the world’s problems.
And finally, I would like to wish the President-elect, his family and this entire country a very happy and hopeful New Year indeed.
And here’s a hand, my trusty friend And gie’s a hand o’ thineWe’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yetFor auld lang syne-Robert Burns, 1788
Cross posted at Type A Moms.