I begin graduate school today - I have Arabic in an hour and my social policy class later - and have a wee case of the jitters after being out of school for 11 years. I woke up several times last night, paranoid my alarm wouldn't go off. And, of course, Barack Hussein Obama is being sworn in this afternoon as our new president. Those of us in the School of Social Work are gathering together in our building's little auditorium to watch the inauguration together and I can't think of a better group to be with.
Will Obama have all the answers? Doubt it. Will there be times he and his administration make me want to scream and pound my head against the wall? I suspect so. However, at this moment, the last hours of the some of the worst eight years in this country's history, I can only sigh with relief and hope the next administration will immediately get to work cleaning up the global mess left by the previous administration. I wish him well...and will be paying close attention.