Speaking of “Change…”

I'm still getting static (in the form of snarky comments) to that "Nobel Laureates Endorse Obama" post from a couple of months ago, so I'm leery of making "political" posts in this this space.  But this isn't politics, it's just "news."  (And rather old news at that, the dateline is like 10 days ago….)

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President-elect Barack Obama on Saturday signaled climate change and genetic research will be among his top priorities when he takes office as he named White House science and technology advisers.

"Today, more than ever before, science holds the key to our survival as a planet and our security and prosperity as a nation," Obama said in a weekly radio and video address.

"It's time we once again put science at the top of our agenda and worked to restore America's place as the world leader in science and technology."

Obama's comments were a clear reference to President George W. Bush's administration which has been accused of downplaying scientific findings on climate change and genetic research.

Now, before anybody gets riled up and posts a comment about the new president's middle name or the former domestic terrorists in his neighborhood, kindly recall this statement, attributed to John Wayne in the wake of the 1961 inauguration of John F. Kennedy:

"I didn't vote for him, but he's my President, and I hope he does a good job."

Which is really all anybody can ask for at this juncture.

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