Obamania? I hope the man can stand up to the expectations.
Maybe in small part, but mostly because:
1) It means a lot to our country to elect a black man.
2) It means a lot to our country to get rid of Bush and Co., who hurt us more than Bin Laden ever dreamed he
3) And it means a lot to our country to have reality- and logic-based decision making returned to the corridors of power. I know I won't agree with every decision made (I think what makes Obama Obama is that no one in this country - right/left, religious/non-religious, gay/straight, etc. will get close to everything they want - he will govern for the best of the country as a whole), but at least I know that decisions will be made on the information available, not using "loyalty" and dogma as criteria.
I don't know to what degree he and his crew will be able to turn us around, but at least we have a fighting chance now.
Just my two cents ...