Today I want to add my congratulations to Barack Obama, his new presidential administration, and to all of us in the United States, as he is inaugurated. I'm sure that we couldn't have elected a better person for the job, and that he couldn't have taken it on at a tougher time.
We have two botched wars, an economic meltdown, and an ecological crisis all at the same time.
Great presidents and very hard times are related. Cause and effect? Probably not. At least, now, we have somebody most of us believe in.
After the celebration, though, let's try to be patient. We're in a mess that can't be solved quickly. Not by anybody. Not even by the President of the United States. I do believe that he'll do extremely well, and I hope the rest of us will be able to say the same.
But I think it's going to take time.