Hopefully, the transition and subsequent Obama administration will occur without the savaging of Mr Obama personally as happened to his predecessor, Mr. Bush, after his tight victory in 2000. Does anyone doubt that the personal savaging of Mr. Bush by his left wing opponents and the editorial cartoonists in the media lessened the effectiveness of both his foreign and domestic policies. It saddened me hear, night after night, Letterman, Leno, Stewart and Colbert cracking jokes about Mr. Bush’s ineptness, portraying an Ivy League educated graduate as some sort of dolt. What did that do to America’s image around the world – nothing good? It’s interesting that the last three presidents were all Ivy League educated and on January 20, 2009, Mr. Obama will be the fourth in a row. So much for America being led by a "common man" from a non-elitist background – which hasn’t been the case since Ronald Reagan.
I was disappointed to see the disappearance of a fine public golf course, leaving Ozaukee County with two 18 hole county-owned courses and two 18 hole daily fee privately-owned courses, but happy that no taxpayer money was involved in the transaction. Further, Ozaukee County did not have to take ownership of the property as originally proposed, with all the concomitant responsibilities and taxpayer costs that would have entailed.