Obama isn't my ideal choice for president. However, I think he's one of the most remarkable people to run for elected office and that, as he stated in his speech (tonight), he'll listen to us, even if we don't agree with him. Normally, I'm cynical about such claims, but you can tell that, when he says this, it's heartfelt.
I normally don't trust politicians, or people placed into positions of power or authority, so it's hard to reconcile my distrust for the powerful with what I feel are heartfelt promises, on Obama's part. I definitely don't believe in messiahs, and I don't think he does, which is why he asked for everyone to join him in working to change America for the better.
I'll just sit back and watch what he does, with an open mind. I think my belief in the inability of one person to change an entire society will prove right. The majority of us are cruel and selfish, so our society will continue to be cruel and selfish. However, I think he might be the band-aid that we need for the time at hand.
I really think Obama was the best of the two choices, especially on the issues of education (my profession) and foreign policy, though he's contradicted himself, several times, on that issue. Let's keep an open mind and see what he's about. Based on his work, thus far, it's not clear what he's firm on and what he's willing to be flexible with.