Obama's Long, Stormy Journey
Riding the winds of change to victory
The "stressathon'' (as dubbed by Andrew Freedman to describe the nearly two years of 2008 presidential electioneering) has finally ended. Whew! Even for a political junkie like myself it's time for a breather, at least until the next presidential marathon begins by the end of 2010.
Now what?? Ann Posegate's post on election and weather analogies got me thinking about how weather analogies, as well as meteorological terms and metaphors, could be tied together to describe the election results and the issues, problems, etc. that face President Elect Obama. So, needing some outlet to relieve lingering symptoms of stressathonitis, I took a crack at it. Wisely or not, I now share it with you.
Keep reading for a documentary of Obama's journey using weather analogies. For the weather outlook through the weekend, see our full forecast.
A perfect storm of issues converged to favor Obama in the 2008 presidential race. These ranged from the dust storm-shrouded war in Iraq and snow-masked war in Afghanistan to the failures in navigating Hurricane Katrina's aftermath and ultimately to the financial whirlwind surrounding the bone chilling collapse of Wall Street.
The computer models assimilating polling data generally agreed on an Obama victory, but some outliers gave some credence to the possibility of a McCain win. Suffice to say, these did not verify.
In the wake of this election cyclone, there is little doubt that Obama will be forced to confront the extreme turbulence associated with intense squalls of bad news raining down like cats and dogs. Not to mention the thunder of criticism for acting at less than lightning speed in solving the wide array of sticky problems.
Little, if any, clearing is expected with dark clouds already on the horizon. The relentless blizzard of advice in this political climate may leave Obama misty-eyed and longing for his life before the buffeting gusts of the stress and strain of the campaign.
Lest it rain on Obama's Inaugural parade, a flurry of activity is predicted to intensify into a chaotic whirlpool of alternate plans and flood of bickering exchanges.
His family has weathered the storm so far but is often left with a foggy notion that things are getting out of control.
Regardless, I hope everyone longs for the next four years to begin as fresh as the morning dew and continue into the future as bright as a marvelous rainbow amidst a sky of wispy white clouds glistening with ice crystals.
Do you have weather analogies/metaphors to describe either campaign? Fire away in the comment area...
| November 5, 2008; 10:30 AM ET
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