★ President Obama

Barack Obama is now the 44th President of the United States. And while my classmates squeal with glee at the prospect of the promised Glorious Socialist Utopia that lays ahead, I somehow find myself less than enthusiastic. After all, do we really expect economic policies that failed so magnificently under men like Johnson and Carter to suddenly be successful under Obama? Do we really believe that men who have declared war on our very way of life will put down their arms when they meet him? How much do we expect the world to change? More importantly, why should we believe that it will change for the better, especially given that in every past iteration, the policies Obama is trying to implement have been colossal failures?

It is a sad testament to the state of the youth of this country that so many people expect so much from a man with so little substance. But I suppose it is in our nature to vainly hope in the face of reality. We often dream that if we squint hard enough and cock our head, 1 will become 2 and A will become B, but sadly, that's not the way the world works. The failures of yesterday, repeated, will become the failures of today, no matter how hard we hope.

I wish President Obama the best of luck in revitalizing our country, but I have little confidence in his ability to do so.