OUR VIEW: Inauguration over; time to get to work

Remnants of confetti are likely still on the streets of Washington D.C. this week.

The colored paper is a symbol of a good time that will last forever in the memory banks of thousands of Americans who witnessed President Barack Obama’s inauguration Monday afternoon – the official start of his second term in office.

The day-long celebration was grand. Bright sunshine painted a beautiful backdrop for the day’s events in the nation’s capitol.

The sweet sounds of some of our nation’s brightest and most talented musicians filled the air – sounds themed with both patriotism and pride.

Indeed, it was a sight to be seen.

But as the sun set on the colorful day, reality started to creep back into the minds of the American people.

Party time is over for our nation’s top politician.

It’s time to get to work and right the pressing problems facing our nation during this critical time in its history.

President Obama’s second term in office will likely go down in history as one of the more important terms in recent memory.

A lot of the decisions the president will make will greatly shake our nation’s immediate future and also the well being of our country for years to come.

In his inauguration speech, Obama served more as a cheerleader than a policymaker – offering thanks to supporters, while also championing his victory as one belonging to all of the American people.

But real victory will rely in results and results are going to be expected from the president if he hopes to leave the White House in four years with a sparkling legacy.

What will be done about our nation’s debt that has been increasing at a rapid pace?

How will the nation cut spending to shrink that increased debt?

If spending is indeed cut, what segments of the population will be the casualties?

Those are all things that will be on the table in the next four years – issues that will divide our political leaders.

Also up for debate will be things like health care. We all know Obamacare is coming. But will it work the way it’s expected? If it doesn’t, will it be tweaked or altered – if not done away with completely?

Will unemployment head upward or downward as our nation battles a tough economic climate both on the national and world level?

Will our Congress finally unite and allow our government to function properly again? Will our leader be willing to compromise to get results that work for all interests?

Time will tell.

But one thing is for sure. The party is over, Mr. President.

It’s time to make sure the next four years are not just a repeat of the past four.

We’re ready to move forward.