Barack Obama won the recent presidential election convincingly, and it is time now for all Americans to rally around the next commander-in-chief. We need to offer our support and prayers. He will certainly need them as he and his team cope with the problems and challenges that await him.
Few American Presidents have inherited problems of the magnitude that Obama faces. Many of those problems are blamed on his predecessor, even though they are at least as much the fault of Congress—but placing blame is not a productive use of time and energy at this point.
It will come as a surprise to no one who knows me that President-elect Obama was not my choice. During the campaign, I and many others expressed concern over his lack of experience and thin political resume. I also criticized his very liberal voting record while in the Illinois legislature and during his partial term in the U.S. Senate.