Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Country First

Today we awake with a new President-elect. For the sake of our country, I wish him well.

I do not foresee supporting much of what his agenda will be. I do foresee the same problems in Washington, D.C. that exist now. The liberal white guilt that propelled him into office will not be rewarded with a new tone in Washington or around the country. Maybe now the left will begin to understand that the government cannot legislate human nature. The water will not part and the earth will not heal, as Obama himself has uttered, simply because he was elected.

The transition team is headed by John Podesta. That does not bode well for a tone of goodwill from the incoming Obama administration. You may remember him from the Clinton days. He is hyper partisan and an attack dog. He formed, with financial support from George Soros, the Center for American Progress. In contrast, for example, the Bush administration's transition was headed by Andy Card. Card is a Republican well respected by both parties and a veteran of Massachusetts politics. He is a humble man and works will everyone while keeping good spirits.

The first to be mentioned in a new Obama administration is Rahm Emmanuel, to fill the position of Chief of Staff. This does not bode well for a tone of goodwill from the incoming Obama administration. Emmanuel, a veteran of Chicago politics, is not even tempered or one to work with anyone other than those towing his line. He is famous from the Clinton administration and his frequent remark, "F--- the Republicans." Nice. And, so professional.

John McCain gave a concession speech in Arizona last night that underscored his character. The man is a class act. He was beaten up in the nastiest of ways by the other campaign and yet he forged on with a smile. He has personally been betrayed by Obama more than once in political agreements yet he remained above it all.

President Bush gave a graceful speech this morning in the Rose Garden to reporters. He congratulated the President elect and extended an invitation for his family to visit the White House soon. He, too, has been betrayed by Obama in a personal way yet remains a class act. Obama was given some friendly advice by the President during a White House visit not long after he arrived in the Senate. The President was offering his hand in friendship. In the second of his autobiographies, Obama spoke hatefully of the President.

Character matters. This will once again be evident soon enough.

Country First.


Kris, in New England said...

This past Sunday the NY Times (yes) published a series of articles from various writers and contributors about what they will miss about President Bush. It really was a very nice tribute to a man of deep inner decency.

Since I'm not above pimping my own blog - go here for my favorite of the write-ups. It speaks so beautifully to your point Karen.

President Bush is a man of decency, fierce principles and personal accountability.

I'm sorry to say that Obama is none of those things. I only hope it's not too late for him to learn.

Nikki said...

Karen, I guess we can say that passed behavior will determine future behavior, I expected nothing less from Obama. He has no intention in uniting america. That is my belief. great article. :)N

Mustang said...

Namaste wrote an exceptional essay today, worthy of your time. Obama will be our president, but we should be concerned about our future. He's already appointed a knife fighter to be his chief of staff ... there won't be any dissent in the Obama White House. Russia and Iran have both issued threats, and all this less than 24 hours after the election.

It is too bad character wasn't an issue in the election; Obama doesn't have any, but he's going to need a lot of it.

Semper Fi

Janie said...

Good post, Karen.

I'll be in town again for the AADE 5F at Humble. Maybe we can meet?

Incognito said...

well, it will just give us more to blog about, if we aren't censored. I can't imagine after partisanship during his time in the senate, he's suddenly going to each out to the other side, but we shall see what unfolds.