In her recent keynote speech before the Tea Party convention, Sarah Palin asked liberals, "How's that hopey, changey stuff" going? It's a fair question and deserves an answer.
To clarify, we should ask: In relation to what?
If we are comparing it with the Bush years, it's like night and day. President Bush drove our country into a ditch by cutting taxes, starting wars, torturing our enemies and using clumsy diplomacy. He was an inarticulate dunderhead who was a constant embarrassment to our nation.
President Obama never promised a miracle, nor did he say he could effect change on his own. The most I hoped for from his administration was that it would open the door to the people to make the changes we need.
For the source of real hope and change, we should look in the mirror. Bush left the country on the brink of a depression. In Obama's first year, we have stepped back from that brink. Things could be better. But compared with the Bush debacle, it is like night and day.