Save the Cheerleader, Save the World

A couple of months ago, my husband and I watched the first season of Heroes on DVD.  For those of you who are unfamiliar, it’s a story about a group of seemingly normal individuals – a geeky Japanese office worker, a hospice care nurse, a high school cheerleader – who have extraordinary powers, which are sometimes viewed as curses.  They are trying to save the world from imminent destruction – a task that would appear to be overly daunting, if not impossible, for mere human beings.  And yet, it’s really very simple: Save the cheerleader, save the world.

I’ve been thinking about this phrase and the incredible expectations that have been foisted upon President Barack Obama.  The One.  In the months since the election, many have written about his potential for greatness.  He has been featured in a comic book about his favorite superhero, Spiderman.  He has served as a muse for artists and fashion designers and poets and musicians.  We all want him to be somehow more than human – a superhero –  and because of this, it seems that he cannot help but disappoint.

But this morning, as I watched footage of the inauguration, I was nothing but proud.  Even if he does nothing after today, he has still accomplished a great deal.

Go get ’em, Obama:  save the cheerleader, save the world.  On this day, at least, we are all behind you.

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4 thoughts on “Save the Cheerleader, Save the World

  1. Let’s see, in the first 24 hours in office he froze all Bush regulations that had yet to come into law, he froze all trials at Guantanamo, he met with his economic advisers, he froze the pay for high-level federal workers and set out new ethics rules, he’s set up a one-year timetable to SHUT Guantanamo….oh, and he took the Oath of Office again to make up for the mess-up the first time, out of what his press secretary described as an “overabundance of caution.”

    Of course he’ll make mistakes etcetera. But I’m proud and happy too.

  2. I’m with him all the way. I believe he’ll do great things. It made me a little irritated when people were second-guessing him in op-eds, saying he hired too many Clinton era people, which makes it same-old, same-old, Ted Rall criticizing Obama’s Facebook playlist, those who criticized his choice of inaugural poet. I think that Obama is smarter than most of us, and that he won’t do anything rash or stupid.

  3. Our company president was gushing about Obama in his New Year’s message (great challenges, great opportunity; translated to no raises folks!) and one thing he said he was impressed by was “his professionalism.” While I think our president is a wanker, this was interesting. Obama IS professional. He’s smart and he’s a manager in a way we haven’t seen recently in a president. Bush: total wanker/frat boy/ridiculous governor. Clinton: state governor/politician. Bush Sr: Patrician, politician. This made me think: who in recent years has actually had to be a manager and build something? Obama strikes me as a very, very smart CEO.

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