If you are like me, then you are undoubtedly suffering post-election malaise. The non-stop coverage of the 2008 presidential race has given way to incessant reporting about the economic crisis, the Obama transition and other seemingly less interesting news items. Somehow, someway you keep hoping to turn on the television, flip on the radio or open the newspaper to find another scintillating report about poll numbers, campaign speeches or other issues connected with the recently concluded (and fascinating) 2008 campaign.
It is interesting that although the media reporting has shifted away from Mr. Obama and Mr. McCain the real work for Mr. Obama is only beginning. And with the economic misery growing by the day, there is an expectation that he will do something about it...immediately after (if not before, in the minds of some) he in sworn in as president.
That's a tall order.
Sure, Mr. Obama is doing, in my opinion, a solid job of transitioning from presidential contender to president-elect to president, but he also is dealing with increased expectations. I can recall no other president-elect who has moved as quickly as he has to get his Cabinet in place and his agenda moving forward. Perhaps he has no choice -- the mistakes of the past 8 years need to be addressed immediately. So far, in my opinion, so good, as Mr. Obama attempts to convince the American people (and fellow world leaders) that he has the competence, demeanor and intellect to get the job done.
So, keep in mind that as you lurch from network to network attempting to find your media fix for the day that much of what Mr. Obama will do from this point forward will not be accomplished in front of a live television audience and with thousands of screaming fans relishing his every word. Instead, it will happen behind closed doors and in meetings. No media fix there. But you should pay attention nonetheless.