Thursday, November 6, 2008

President Elect Obama

I am not be like the hateful democrats or republicans who when their candidates lose goes on the attack just out of anger. The new administraion will either earn my support or disappointment on their individual merit. The people have spoken.

The anger directed at the Bush administration has several facets. Questionable elections, 9/11, war, conspiracty theories, big oil and an economic meltdown were no help to his legacy. Much of the problem was that the republicans in general only made weak attempts at PR while the democrats went on the attack before the last dangling chad had fallen. The fact that the economy was set to burst and that burst came sooner rather than later was due to other economic pressures (eg: war costs, oil prices). Without these added burdens to the economy it is likely there would have been bigger collapse within a few more years of active growth and overextension of credit. Most likely during a later administration, and Obama would likely still be an up and coming obscure senator.

Obama is inheriting some major problems set in place not only by Bush, but in all fairness, Clinton and previous administrations and Congresses which, for self-promotion, piled the problems on. Now Obama will have to deal with these previous policies and attempt to straighten them out.

I still wonder if the campaigns were over issues, judgment, substance and record, whether he would have won. To say race wasn't a major factor is ridiculous. Minorities revelled in his campaign and election way out of proportion to whites. And whites were voting out of trying to show that they are progressive as far as racial factors are concerned. I would have prefered a truly colorblind election to be on the issues. The fact that he is African-American should just have been a footnote.

As far as I am concerned, the bar is set very low for his presidency. His greatest accomplishment may have already passed, being elected to the White House. If he does nothing else, but continue to vote "present" and give an occassional inspiring speech, his name will be on high schools yet to be built, books yet to be written, and airports. His face will be on a stamp. If things get any worse over his first term, Bush will still bear the blame. If things improve, even slightly, he will be revered.

Whatever is in store for America still appears to be a big question mark. I feel that as we observe who Obama selects to be his transition team, we may get a glimpse in to what will come. I also think he has only one "change" speech left in him (his inaugeral address) before that rhetoric needs to change. And although I don't agree with his apparent ideology, I won't be like the Bush haters and start attacking. I will try to be even handed and won't reward points to any side until I see what happens.

20 comments:

Spider said...

Well, being even handed is a nice thought, but you'll be the only one doing it. As of this morning, the "peoples choice" has started to announce some of his picks for his team, picks that i find scary.

Rahm Emmanual, a corrupt and notorious Leftist from Chicago as Cheif of Staff.

Robert Kennedy Jr. (need i say more?) to head the EPA. This means federal marshals will be checking everyone's home to see if you are using the "appropriate" light bulbs.

Carolyn Kennedy, another one of the wild-eyed, ultra-liberals from the infamous Mass. family. With these two choices, i guess Yomama's debt to fat Teddy (the killer) Kennedy is "almost" paid.

Some of president Yomama's hacks were on TV this morning and they actually had the nerve to say he'll be a "centrist" president! Of course, the fact that Yomama has never been anything but an extreme leftist was not mentioned, nor does it seem to matter any more.

Missy said...

well I am not going to go all hate, but I do not think its unreasonable for all of us to see his official birth record. Once I see that he is not consitutionally disqualified from being president, then I will respect him as my president. Considering the implications (everything he ever signs says or does as president instantly becoming null and void), I think we all should be able to see it.

Missy said...

Spidie do not forget the one good thing for NJ out of an Obama presidency ... Corzine will be Treasury Secretary .. you know the man who wanted to raise tolls 400% in NJ, who did not do so great at Goldman Sachs, the man who slept with and loaned money to the state employee union boss, and being from one of the most corrupt states in the nation (maybe second to Chicago!).

Anonymous said...

You are obviously a racist. How dare you ask that the people be given the opportunity to see his birth certificate. And even if they did show it to you, can you read Swahili?

Spider said...

You're right Missy. Now he'll raise everybody's tolls! I believe the American people are going to learn what "real" abuse is all about.

Archie said...

I understand you have all been given the opportunity to start discussions here. Please feel free to do so. And invite others of various viewpoints to join us.

Archie said...

I need to find out how to resend invites to be authors to those not yet responding and if anyone knows how to put up pictures, please let me know too.

Blue said...

Pictues

sign on to blogger & edit your profile/picture
then when you are signed in
choose Google/ Blogger as your identity when commenting

Archie said...

What about on the original posting?

Spider said...

It's the pictures that are causing that very annoying "secure site" box to come up every minute!

Anonymous said...

I'll avoid it. Anyone have any insight into this guy?

Congressman Rahm Emanuel has agreed to be Barack Obama's White House chief of staff, according to a Democratic aide

BHO said...

when Congressman Rahm Emanuel worked fro Clinton his catch phrase wa s"f*ck the republicans"

so he is my man

C-Bug said...

Hey guys and girls,
"And although I don't agree with his apparent ideology, I won't be like the Bush haters and start attacking. I will try to be even handed and won't reward points to any side until I see what happens."
I'd like to say the same thing. I'm just wondering if he is who he was BEFORE he started running for president or if he is who he was while running. Neither, IMO, is a "centrist".

Archie said...

That was the big question before the election. Since that point has been rendered moot, we are left with now and the future. I have no better choice right now than to keep an open mind. This way when events befall our country, I can honestly say I harbored to prior ill-will. I did hope for the best. If it turns out well, great. If he falls short, it won't be because I personally tried to make that happen. I'm American first. Something our colleagues neither recognize nor preach.

C-Bug said...

Well....I was wrong about certain people rioting after Obama won (unless I missed something). I guess I could be wrong about other things. We have nothing left to do but wait and see and point out the truth when we see it.

Spider said...

If anyone thinks Yomama is going to stop being the radical leftist he's always been, maybe they've been standing too close to the Kool-Aid. He is a product of his upbringing, (raised by radical blacks and communists) and now he's got the power, with full congressional backing, to put all of his socialist ideas into action.

Lady-Bug, i understand you not wanting to be like the Bush haters, but that's exactly why we've lost the entire govt. We don't have the will and strength to fight the Left using their own tactics. Conservatives need to understand that "being conservative" is their political ideology, it should not be their attitude. While we're being nice, and polite, and taking the high road, they're winning!

C-Bug said...

OH....I have the will and the strength to fight Spidey. I'm ready for someone who has the will and the strength to step up in Washington and fight. Sean Hannity maybe? Just sayin' I've been known to be wrong. Imagine that.

Spider said...

I understand Sweetheart-Bug. There's only one way to deal with the left and that's with the gloves off, just like they do, and Tues. election results prove my point.

As for Hannity, he's nothing but another one of Fox's buffoons, ala Bill O'Ego. They're just pimps, and what they're pimping is themselves.

C-Bug said...

Spidey, my dear, I like Sean Hannity. He is the only one on Fox that has been beating the drum against Obama. He's been exposing everything about him that we've been talking about here all along. Obama was constantly bringing him up and saying if it weren't for him, he would have been much further ahead in the polls. Besides that, he's really cute!! :-)
Do you ever watch him?

Squid said...

He makes me all squishy