Caption: Question: During the campaign we heard a lot of talk about hope and change. What is your hope for the country now that Obama is president? What is the first change you want him to make?
Jeff Shields of Tunbridge: The biggest hope is to restore a sense of trust in the highest levels of our government and a sense of honor in the way the United States goes forward in the world. It’s important for the country to be able to rebound from what has been a very difficult period. I hope that we can hang together as the new president has charged us to do.
I think insisting on transparency and integrity in our financial markets is terribly important internally. To change the heavy handed approach we’ve had in the Middle East is crucial. The war on terrorism can be handled in a much more intelligent way than it has been. We’ve done damage by being blunt and undiscriminating in Iraq, so I think we have different internal and international challenges.
There’s a lot of good will and there’s a lot of fear and concern. Those things together give us a chance to make headway on legislation that we otherwise would not be able to do.
Valley News - Jason Johns
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