Don't know why everyone's so in love with JFK...well, besides the fact that he was assassinated and that tends to tug the heart strings. Though JFK did give tax-breaks to the wealthy and he had a great speechwriter, he was largely ineffectual. He handled the Cuban Missile Crisis...adequately... Everything else is negative. He couldn't get anything passed through congress because he really wasn't much of a politician. The Bay of Pigs was a disaster and most of his books were actually ghost-written (largely by Joe's speechwriter), papa Joe buying large quantities to secure him a spot on the best-seller lists. He was a philanderer. Dad was a bootlegger who bought JFK's election through his mafia ties (according to FBI files). The only thing you really hear about him is largely conspiracy and un-founded adoration. I don't get it...I don't understand how he's become such a symbol. Not true. The Iraqi's were back in control of their oil as soon as possible. The U.S. got involved in the war because they received Israeli intelligence, concerning Hussein and WMD's. While it reeks of suspicion, the American people (or most of them) are not asking the right questions nor are they making the right accusations. For instance, what is the nature of our alliance with Israel and where is it taking us? Anyway, Obama is proving to be the politician I knew he would be. He's now considering going back on his promise to raise taxes on the wealthy (at least in his first term, as such a rise in taxes would be unwise, at this point), as I suspect he will go back on his promise of universal healthcare (which would also be wise, as the U.S. simply doesn't have the money for such bold boondoggles - sorry, I mean spending). None of that pisses me off though as it shows prudence. Nor does lying bother me as I (unlike many others) expect politicians to lie. He's an excellent public speaker though and he's saying all the right things. He's focusing more on Afghanistan/Pakistan while down-playing Iraq, something Bush should've done a long time ago. He's also preparing Americans for hard economic times, stating how it's going to get worse before it gets better and etc. He's saying and doing all the right things a great leader should. I also agree with everyone else in expressing pride of the simple fact that he's black. Hopefully, civil rights issues will be seen as redundant now (which I think they have been for awhile, personally). All-in-all, I'm positive (even though I voted for McCain) so far. It's also encouraging to see Bush being so civil during the transition, it's probably one of the best transitions we've ever seen.