It may be that, at the end of his eight years in office (well, one has to be optimistic), you will only be able to say of Barack Obama, "At least he made a start." But, as the presidents of the USA, for as far back as I can remember, have, on so many of the issues of importance to OCICBW... readers, remained stationary at the start line all the way through their terms in office, I think you can already chalk this bloke up as a vast improvement. Me? As an outsider, so not so impatient for change, I've still got him up there on a pedestal. He impresses me greatly. I'm not a "slowly, slowly, catchy monkey" type of guy. But I can appreciate the art of it in others.