I recently read this quote referencing former New Orleans Mayor Moon Landrieu's advice for his son, Mitch, the newly elected mayor:
"He did tell me, you know, just to kind of keep my head focused, we're talking about all these federal issues, all this big stuff. And he said, you know, all these folks like you and they're happy about you and that's great. But on Monday, you own that pothole."
New Orleans New Mayor, Mitch Landrieu
It's a shorter version of my Last Call For Alcohol parable.
The pothole list is getting long: economy, immigration, Iraq, Afghanistan, Korea, BP, Greece, and the stock market.