I was personally surprised and encouraged by the sense of history and American patriotism being generated by the way Obama's Presidency has begun. Those that feared him thought he was a radical or a secret Muslim. Those that supported him thought he was a revolutionary or someone who would fight for "their side". Seems to me like everybody might have been wrong. It's starting to look like what we've got is an American President who is an intellectual with a serious sense of history, rather than one of the string of "good old boys" who have occupied the White House since ...gosh who was the last intellectual to occupy the White House?Nu?