Lady Bird and Lyndon, Pat and Dick, Betty and Gerald, Roseanne and Jimmy, Whatshername and Ronny, Barbara and George, Hillary and Bill, Laura and Junior. Not exactly a classy group. Is that the best the United States can do? Each duo had their missteps, some were monumental tumbles. The last U.S. president had trouble using the English language. Barack and Michelle did not get into academically prestigous universities because their fathers pulled strings. They EARNED their way there. And they came from circumstances that are much more akin to the average American's life. Yet they bring class personified to their positions of President and First Lady. And it shows in all things.
George W. Bush was an embarrassment standing next to world leaders. He is/was a buffoon. Lacking intellect, grace, style, insight, good judgement, and class, yet coming from a privileged background, he mangled the language, made some absolutely horrible decisions, lied to his country and the world. did as much in private as allowed [and beyond], condoned torture. drove us into a financial swamp, and became a sorry, laughing stock. And that was not in the style of an Abraham Lincoln! Exactly the opposite of the rail-splitter.
At this crucial time in American history, how fortunate we are to have a man in the White House who knows something about intellect and insight. How unfortunate we are to have this man come along when so much of his work is shackled to the mistakes of his predecessor.
We cannot correct or erase the myriad mistakes of the previous years, but we can offer to join our president in working to achieve an America of which we can once again be proud.
Have you noticed the very, very different reception Obama received from the American troops in Iraq? Cheers and supportive screams and yells of "I love you!" to him were prevalent. George W. Bush never received that kind of response from the troops. Remember, George W. Bush, the guy who dressed in that cute, little military pilot's uniform and walked onto a U.S. warship with a banner waving: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! Remember him? And remember how thousands of brave Americans died in Iraq since then? But Rush Limbaugh and the non-combatant "heroes" back in the U.S. want Obama to fail. How brave of them! Frankly, this right-wing madness has me in great fear for Obama's life.