This Conservative Would Take Obama Back In A Nanosecond

boontito

Future Staff
Jan 2008
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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news...s-obama/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.f1a0fb483cbe

How I miss Barack Obama.

And I say that as someone who worked to defeat him: I was a foreign policy adviser to John McCain in 2008 and to Mitt Romney in 2012. I criticized Obama’s “lead from behind” foreign policy that resulted in a premature pullout from Iraq and a failure to stop the slaughter in Syria. I thought he was too weak on Iran and too tough on Israel. I feared that Obamacare would be too costly. I fumed that he was too professorial and too indecisive. I was left cold by his arrogance and his cult of personality.

Now I would take Obama back in a nanosecond. His presidency appears to be a lost golden age when reason and morality reigned. All of his faults, real as they were, fade into insignificance compared with the crippling defects of his successor. And his strengths — seriousness, dignity, intellect, probity, dedication to ideals larger than self — shine all the more clearly in retrospect.

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No, I haven’t forgotten the shortcomings of Obama’s administration, but I’ve gained a new perspective on them.

Can you believe that an Obama-era scandal was that the president wore a tan suit or put his feet up on the desk? (Actual Washington Times headline from Sept. 4, 2013: “Obama’s foot on Oval Office desk sends shockwaves around the world.”) Oh, to have those days back again — before we had a president who was involved in indecent relationships with a Russian despot and (allegedly) a porn star.

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The author makes several valid points, but the most glaring is when he says "He reminds me that just 18 months ago — can you believe it was so recently? — we had a president with whom I could disagree without ever doubting his fitness to lead."

Looking back over the last series of elections, it seems like that can be said about almost all of those who competed for the top office in the land. Obama, Romney, McCain, Bush II, Kerry, Gore, Clinton, Dole, Bush I... a lot of them would be people I could disagree with but who I would not doubt were fit to lead this nation.

...That went away with the current occupant of the White House.
 
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Jun 2006
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#2
I don’t think Bush II was fit to lead anything. He would have been an electrician or a real estate agent if he hadnt been born into a life of unfathomable privilege.

But yeah ... otherwise...
 
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HayJenn

Moderator
Jul 2014
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#3
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news...s-obama/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.f1a0fb483cbe

How I miss Barack Obama.

And I say that as someone who worked to defeat him: I was a foreign policy adviser to John McCain in 2008 and to Mitt Romney in 2012. I criticized Obama’s “lead from behind” foreign policy that resulted in a premature pullout from Iraq and a failure to stop the slaughter in Syria. I thought he was too weak on Iran and too tough on Israel. I feared that Obamacare would be too costly. I fumed that he was too professorial and too indecisive. I was left cold by his arrogance and his cult of personality.

Now I would take Obama back in a nanosecond. His presidency appears to be a lost golden age when reason and morality reigned. All of his faults, real as they were, fade into insignificance compared with the crippling defects of his successor. And his strengths — seriousness, dignity, intellect, probity, dedication to ideals larger than self — shine all the more clearly in retrospect.

<snip>

No, I haven’t forgotten the shortcomings of Obama’s administration, but I’ve gained a new perspective on them.

Can you believe that an Obama-era scandal was that the president wore a tan suit or put his feet up on the desk? (Actual Washington Times headline from Sept. 4, 2013: “Obama’s foot on Oval Office desk sends shockwaves around the world.”) Oh, to have those days back again — before we had a president who was involved in indecent relationships with a Russian despot and (allegedly) a porn star.

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The author makes several valid points, but the most glaring is when he says "He reminds me that just 18 months ago — can you believe it was so recently? — we had a president with whom I could disagree without ever doubting his fitness to lead."

Looking back over the last series of elections, it seems like that can be said about almost all of those who competed for the top office in the land. Obama, Romney, McCain, Bush II, Kerry, Gore, Clinton, Dole, Bush I... a lot of them would be people I could disagree with but who I would not doubt were fit to lead this nation.

...That went away with the current occupant of the White House.
I saw this earlier and posted it in another thread.

I think he speaks of millions of people in the this country. No POTUS is perfect by any means - but my goodness, at least all the previous ones had the dedication to ideas larger than themselves. They didn't actively try to divide the country either.

Instead we have a petty, bully, pathological liar and a narcissist.
 
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Jets

Former Staff
Feb 2011
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New York
#7
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news...s-obama/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.f1a0fb483cbe

How I miss Barack Obama.

And I say that as someone who worked to defeat him: I was a foreign policy adviser to John McCain in 2008 and to Mitt Romney in 2012. I criticized Obama’s “lead from behind” foreign policy that resulted in a premature pullout from Iraq and a failure to stop the slaughter in Syria. I thought he was too weak on Iran and too tough on Israel. I feared that Obamacare would be too costly. I fumed that he was too professorial and too indecisive. I was left cold by his arrogance and his cult of personality.

Now I would take Obama back in a nanosecond. His presidency appears to be a lost golden age when reason and morality reigned. All of his faults, real as they were, fade into insignificance compared with the crippling defects of his successor. And his strengths — seriousness, dignity, intellect, probity, dedication to ideals larger than self — shine all the more clearly in retrospect.

<snip>

No, I haven’t forgotten the shortcomings of Obama’s administration, but I’ve gained a new perspective on them.

Can you believe that an Obama-era scandal was that the president wore a tan suit or put his feet up on the desk? (Actual Washington Times headline from Sept. 4, 2013: “Obama’s foot on Oval Office desk sends shockwaves around the world.”) Oh, to have those days back again — before we had a president who was involved in indecent relationships with a Russian despot and (allegedly) a porn star.

-----

The author makes several valid points, but the most glaring is when he says "He reminds me that just 18 months ago — can you believe it was so recently? — we had a president with whom I could disagree without ever doubting his fitness to lead."

Looking back over the last series of elections, it seems like that can be said about almost all of those who competed for the top office in the land. Obama, Romney, McCain, Bush II, Kerry, Gore, Clinton, Dole, Bush I... a lot of them would be people I could disagree with but who I would not doubt were fit to lead this nation.

...That went away with the current occupant of the White House.

That’s the problem with having a President who acts like a cantankerous curmudgeon.


I know I know, that damn thesaurus.....

:)
 
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Jul 2013
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Donald J. Trump (realDonaldTrump)
Inconceivable that the government would break into a lawyer’s office (early in the morning) - almost unheard of. Even more inconceivable that a lawyer would tape a client - totally unheard of & perhaps illegal. The good news is that your favorite President did nothing wrong!
5:10 AM - 21 Jul 2018
And now we have this douche....
 
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