The most significant change Obama represents is that he is taking a long term, one could say visionary, approach to addressing the problems of the country. And he is willing to suffer the political consequences of short term turmoil for the benefits of systemic change to failed policies.
We are going to have a better, more efficient, more affordable healthcare system, a cleaner energy supply that is more domestically based, economic growth that is sustainable....not founded on debt, a more transparent....more accessible government, a diplomacy based foreign policy. All these things will bear fruit over time. He is already busy removing the stain of the last eight years. And that my friends is no small task.
3) It's not always wise to hold up legislation because of earmarks that are 1% of the spending. But then, he never said he would.
Glad you mentioned that. The critcism Obama has been getting ignores not only that he never said they should be eliminated, only that reform was needed, but also that he has followed thru on that reform. I won't even get in to the hypocrisy of Republicans trying to score political points on the matter by complaining while sponsoring almost half of the earmarks in the first place.