I keep hearing from liberal friends that Republicans and Conservatives have been very negative about the Inauguration, and about President Obama in general. That’s not what I see. Fox News, for example, has had extensive Inauguration coverage which began several days ago, and covered events like the Latino Inaugural Gala. The morning after Obama won the election, conservative radio
pundits like Bill Bennett and Sean Hannity congratulated the new president and wished him well.
I compare this to the overall sentiment felt on my college campus back in
November 2004 when President Bush beat Senator John Kerry in that year’s presidential election. I was a Kerry supporter and was crushed by his loss, having heard nothing but Kerry support for months on campus and hearing Bush and Iraq villainized in the media. I do not recall myself or any of my liberal friends then wishing Pres. Bush well and hoping he would do a good job. This is purely anecdotal, but I think the idea of bitter conservative resistance towards the new president is preposterous. There are people who disagree with his ideas and the policies he wants to implement. And they should. Political opinions are part of the national dialogue. If not everyone you see is jumping up and down today, it is not some weird act of hatred- it is concern about what tomorrow will bring for America.