I don't think people are so certain that there will be immediate or even large-scale change (at least the educated people), but they are hoping for change since that's all we've got right now seeing that our country is in the dumps a bit.
With this new face brings restored nationalism to many as well as a better worldly image. If anyone thinks that change will come over night, or that Barack will get us out of our involvements and messes, is truly not paying any attention. Nothing is quick, and anything that Obama implements (such as climate control policies and alternative energy resource development) may not necessarily be seen until many terms into the future.
Change uh? He hired half of Clinton's folks in his cabinet but we are gonna go ahead and label that change????? I hope he doesn't get used to the "rock star" treatment. We need a strong prez not another celebrity!!!