We are the ones we've been waiting for

In an op-ed in yesterday's Star Tribune, Harry Boyte commented on President Obama's first 100 days. "The challenge for the president, if he is to achieve his administration's potential to unleash the energy of the nation, is to return to and flesh out 'yes, we can' in the everyday work of addressing our common problems."

Boyte argues that "the idea that it will take the work of us all is as crucial in Washington as it is in Burnsville," referring to a Minneapolis suburb whose mayor has repeatedly said "I can't solve the problems of Burnsville by myself, but I can bring people together to do the work of the community."

Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs