Wednesday, January 21, 2009
The Inauguration of President Barack Hussein Obama
I tried. God knows I tried. I was swept up in the moment there for awhile. I thought about the sacrifices made by those who lived through and experienced the Civil Rights movement. I thought about what a wonderful country we have where all that could be put behind us - a country where someone who's father was a 1st generation black African and who's mother was a white American could be elected President of the United States. Talk about tolerance. We've come a long way, baby. In my lifetime. I remember seeing black/white drinking fountains, bathrooms, and swimming pools. I remember my own father and grandfathers using the "N" word in everyday language. I remember the riots. I remember Martin Luther King's assassination. So watching Obama's inauguration, I teared up because I was proud of our country for getting through all that. I was proud - for a few minutes.
Then I heard about the "na,na,hey,hey, good bye" chant that began among the Obama supporters when President Bush appeared on the platform. And I realized again Obama was not elected for his leadership abilities, or his knowledge, or his faith. He was elected because he's "cool" and not George Bush. If the people who participated in that chant had any intellect at all they would have never done such a classless thing. Nothing like it has ever occurred in the history of the Republic. A great moment in our history was defiled by those imbeciles.
I'll never forget President George W Bush assuming the mantle of REAL leadership on that pile of rubble at Ground Zero and his many inspiring words following the tragedy of 9/11. I'll never forget the prosperity and 30 (corrected to 100%) quarters of economic growth provided during his "watch". I'll never forget the fact there were no more terrorist attacks on our soil following 9/11. Or that millions of people in the Middle East are tasting freedom for the first time in their lives. Most importantly, I'll never forget the grace he has always shown when confronted with the shriekers and whiners who could never forget the election of 2000. Thank you, George Bush, for your service and leadership during one of the most challenging periods in our history.
I wish President Obama well. Today's problems were not caused by George Bush. They were caused by systems gone awry. Systems that President Bush warned us about and was unable to convince anyone to fix. But today they're President Obama's problems. Today it's Obama's economy and Obama's stock market, and Obama's energy policy, and Obama's foreign policy and Obama's intelligence agencies, and Obama's military. They are all President Obama's to deal with. And if he is unable, then he is a failure. It's time to "man-up" and walk the walk, Mr. President. We know you can "talk the talk". I can guarantee you one thing. You'll never hear me or any other conservatives chant, "na,na, hey, hey, goodbye" when Obama leaves office irregardless of his perceived performance.