Chris Matthews reported tonight that 22.62% of Americans voted for Barack Obama. Apparently this is a big number, second highest to the percentage of folks who voted for Ronald Reagan. Given the complexities of this time, and the alternative (McCain often, seemingly proudly, stated that he'd graduated 5th from the bottom in his college class), the American people made the right decision. In his Thanksgiving Day column, Good Time for a Brainy President, David Broder seemed to be the voice inside my head:
I attempt to follow the discussion in newspapers and on Jim Lehrer's "NewsHour" and other deeply serious television programs about the latest moves by the Federal Reserve Board and the Treasury -- and I am stumped.
The sums are so staggering, the vocabulary so unfamiliar, the experience so uninformative that I have not a clue whether Bernanke, Paulson and Co. are on top of the situation or are inadvertently making things worse.
And like Mr. Broder, I too am thankful and "I am struck by how lucky this country is, at the moment, that the president-elect is a super-smart person like Barack Obama."
(even if it means my job is at stake. Whose isn't, really?