However, like Obama said in his acceptance speech, he is only one man. He cannot possibly live up to all that is expected of him. No one could, even under the best circumstances. He can only actively represent his own best interests just like anybody else. He has stated that he is pro free trade and for a "softer" imperialism, but that nastiness will be glossed over by his social politics. Be aware of that. He is now in a position that has been owned by the wealthy elite since the beginning. They will not give it up and will put insurmountable pressure and temptation on Obama to stop real change. If he does not comply, like MLKjr didn't, they will kill him. He knows this and will compromise where he ought not. This does not necessarily make him evil, it just makes him human.
The system is this way by design. Those who try to change the system from within only end up being changed or disempowered by the system. Do not go to sleep america. The lullaby is very sweet but the fight is not over. The election of Obama is purely symbolic. The real change can only come from you. You must remain vigilant and active. If you want change there can never be business as usual again. You must keep the pressure on and hold each other accountable for insufferable compromises. Continue to educate and polarize "the left". If you want to redefine the middle as Martin Luther King jr then you must really push.
We must all continue to push away from representative democracy and push hard for direct democracy. We must continue to push away from exclusive capitalism/imperialism(which deprives the majority) and push hard for a fair system of "gift" economy/mutual aid. Real change=real equality. Only you can represent your own best interests.
Stay awake, stay strong.