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Change the default mode "from pissed off to happy"

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This morning in the open thread I asked: How's everyone doing on the first full day of the Obama administration?

One thing I've realized is that I'm not angry anymore. I feel like I was just pissed for the past eight years -- and it seemed like a really, really long eight years. But, I'm not now.

Bill Savage, who writes at The SLOG as "Chicago Fan," sent the link to what he wrote, which really captures the change in mood:

For me, the main thing about the Obama presidency is that it re-sets my default mood. Since Bush v. Gore and the judicial coup d'etat of 2000, my default political mood has been pissed off. Occasionally things would make me more pissed off or less pissed off, and once in a blue moon I'd be happy, but pissed off was the baseline from which everything started. And that was before 9/11 and Iraq.

Now, with a President who can speak in complete sentences, who believes in the rule of law, who believes in hiring people for their competence and ability rather than their personal loyalty and religion—my default political mood is happy. Things will piss me off about Obama, I'm sure, and some things will elate me: but the baseline is changed from pissed off to happy, and that's a huge shift.
Huge shift.

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