An Open Mind to Expectations

By Zach Dvorak

I leave for Washington D.C with an open mind seeing as I don’t want to cloud myself in a particular thought or feeling before exactly knowing what I will be doing on a daily basis. If I am honest, I don’t like setting expectations before I engulf myself in the environment. But for now, I do have some brief thoughts on what I expect to occur in my time leading up to the inauguration. For starters, this is my first time visiting the Capitol, so I am excited to explore all the usual tourist locations. I have always been passionate about American history, and to be able to be in the capital and to get to see where America has been and history being made all in two weeks is simply amazing.

While I get to experience being a first time tourist in the area, I also get the opportunity to interact within all sectors involving politics. Something most people don’t get a chance to do in their lifetime. So I will try to keep that in the back of my mind as I hear from the people who are consistently trying to make America their ideal country. I also want to ask everyone I meet two questions:

  • What is the big takeaway from President Obama’s eight years for you?
  • What do you expect from President Trump over the next four years?

They are two broad questions that leave the answer open to almost anything. As everyone has been affected differently over the last eight years and people’s expectations are drastically different over the next four. Providing the question to government officials and everyday citizens will provide me a good sense of the atmosphere of America.

My expectations about the inauguration themselves are pretty weak. I look forward to being in the environment as history happens, our political climate is very tense, so I can only be curious to see what exactly’s going on in the days to come. As for President Trump’s speech, I expect the same that I have heard for the past year and a half, broad ideas that have no backbone. Hopefully, I am wrong, but the bar has been set low, and every time Trump has a chance to raise it, he prefers not to. I know he will talk about building a wall, repealing and replacing Obamacare, keeping jobs in America, and saying thank you to his supporters. What he says in his speech won’t matter to me, I care about more about asking about issues I care about with the officials I will be around. The issues you will see me write about are in order:

  1. Education
  2. Healthcare
  3. Domestic Policy (Government Surveillance, Gun control, term limits)

I look forward to the opportunity to be a part of this historical occasion and share my experiences on this blog. We will see if my expectations get met.

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