The immediacy of Obama becoming President with more problems than can be imagined - the press and talking heads will convince the impatient populace to become disappointed quickly in what they thought was a messiah and cure all to everything "not right"
I believe "steady as she goes" should be a reasonable reaction to the changes that will take time to take hold.
There was a merchant in Baghdad who went to the market with his servant. There they saw Death, who stared at the servant in what seemed a threatening way. Later the servant said "Master, lend me a horse. I shall ride to Samara, and there Death will not find me." The merchant did so, then returned to the market, where he again saw Death, whom he approached and asked why he had stared at his servant in such a threatening way. Death responded, "I wasn't threatening him. I was just very surprised to see him here in Baghdad, since I have an appointment with him in Samara later this afternoon."