Skip to comments."From Day One: An Elevated Presidency"
Posted on 11/04/2012 6:01:37 AM PST by Kaslin
I don't know about you, but I can't wait for this election to be concluded.
Maybe it's because I live in the New York City metro and we've been force-fed a dose of "real life"--right up in our face--this week, maybe its because we all need to focus on genuinely important priorities, but for whatever reason I have "2012 Fatigue."
As I pen these thoughts the candidates are in the midst of making their closing arguments. President Obama is manically trying to defend turf in Colorado, Virginia, and Florida, and Governor Romney is surging with an expanding map in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, New Hampshire, Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida. (All states Obama won in 2008.)
The closing days of a campaign are always a bit of history to watch. For two whole years these campaigns have been moving their star attraction from state to state, talking about the issues, and hopefully offering solutions to the problems Americans face. And problems there are...
It's been mostly a sales process, a marketing endeavor. But sadly--even for good men to get elected--they have to walk through this process.
With new job numbers out Friday reminding everyone that there are more people unemployed today then there were at this time prior to President Obama's election, the economy remains job one of the incoming President.
With Hurricane Sandy's passing through (essentially Katrina multiplied by three), FEMA's abysmal response, and the absolute dropping of the ball by Governor Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg, it appears that the need for the White House to assist people getting their lives back on track will be more pronounced than after any other natural disaster in our history.
With the failures in Benghazi, the denial of essential security to our diplomatic corps there in advance of the attack, and the absolute denial of assistance in the midst of it, we are reminded that Al Qaeda hates us. We are also reminded that they are not on the run, but instead very much alive. Just this week we learned that AQ had 10 separate militias that surrounded our Libyan consulate and carried out that hellish, coordinated assault.
In short, from Day One, the incoming president will have his plate full. His nights will not be devoted to endless Wednesday night parties at the White House, but instead the sober and intense meetings with National Security personnel on that day's events, and the next morning's briefings. His weekends will not be filled with a bottomless supply of tee times, but rather a lot of long weekends working with leaders of both parties to attempt to get the American small business owner back on his feet.
From Day One, there will be state funerals where the requirement to stand by caskets and not lie to the families gathered there in support of their fallen loved ones will be of the foremost obligation. From Day One there will be the need to have complete transparency in not hiding how bad the economy is, and then to begin to convince leaders in Congress to make the right decisions to get it going in the opposite direction.
Lastly there will be an elevated sense of what the presidency represents.
Unlike this week there will be no more special assistants to the President telling supporters to "win this moth*rf*ck*r." Unlike this week there will be no more Vice-Presidents threatening to spread his male DNA, or his excremental waste upon those who are gathered to help get the vote out. No more Vice-Presidents using the "f-word" to describe the future of health care reform. No more Presidents in office putting the idea in six-year old minds that's its ok to label his political opponents as "bullsh*tt*rs." There will be no more coarse, mean, racist, substance-free slanders against those who oppose the president--even as the current President's supporters threaten to commit felonies should he lose.
For the current team in the White House, this election has been thin on a lot of things. No real explanation of what the incumbent would do should he prevail--to even attempt to create a different or improved outcome from his first term. There has been precious little discussion of how big a threat radical islamists pose to us, after the incumbent forced out leaders of middle-eastern nations and welcomed with open arms their muslim brotherhood replacements. There has been no explanation on how we've kicked in the teeth of our most important allies. And there has been almost no discussion of other big ideas, solutions, or problem solving skills from the administration.
However, in the closing days, there have been plenty of F-bombs and bomber jackets, dishonest and disparaging characterizations of their opponent, and more discussion of both bovine and human waste (and reproductive material) to make even sailors blush.
And I'm tired of it...
I don't want my twenty-year old, my two year old, or my two month old sons having those images, those words, those actions emulated for them one minute longer than is absolutely is required by law.
From Day One, I want a president who behaves consistent with the character of the office. Who respects the People's House, as the public memorial that it is, and who understands that we didn't just give him a four year vacation, golf, and party pass. Rather I want a President who, will refuse his tax-payer burdened salary, and understands a sober, honorable, and excellent opportunity to work very hard for us--his boss, and to turn around a nation--as best as a single person can--and to point her in a different direction, for a different outcome, for our children's future.
I look forward to elevation in thought, word, deed, and accomplishment, and I can't wait for that Day One to come quickly enough!
“With Hurricane Sandy’s passing through (essentially Katrina multiplied by three), FEMA’s abysmal response, and the absolute dropping of the ball by Governor Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg,”
Unlike the deliberate sabotage by NOLA’s Mayor and Gov, to try to hurt Bush, NY’s leftist freaks were trying to set things up for the Fraud to appear more “presidential”.
and no more reid peeeelousy and axlerod....
Remember that damn “Office of the President Elect”sign that appeared on Obama’s podium.I knew we were screwed when I saw that.
Good point. All about the appearance of competence with Obama rather than actual competence.
MSM props up their guy with pre-planned images promoting the myth.
Americans have to live the reality and will vote this poser out of office!
I, as well, am quite fatigued with this present election cycle.
As a ‘rabid American’, for the last four years, my eyes have hurt, my gut has been twisted, my brain enflamed, my heart sickened, and my spirit in anguish, for the truly noir comedian elected to the most vaulted office of the Land, called Barack Hussein Obama.
I have seen Socialism come out of the closet, protected through laws taken off the books years ago. I have seen Treasonous Acts performed, with the giddiness of a school yard bully (So, what are you gonna do about it, huh?). I’ve seen Freedom become a snatched away citizen with a “Mr. Creedy black bag”, in the middle of the night. I’ve seen MY country become a debtor nation, to a COMMUNIST country, to add insult to injury. I’ve seen MY country, a country who could make anything, and think up the rest, have more people out of work, than in all my 60 years of life. In 2003, silver spot price was $6.00 an ounce. Not now!
For four long years, this Patriot has been sick, and screaming at the rest of the nation, “Are you out of your mind?!?!”
The physician SHALL be elected on Tuesday, Nov. 6th. Should the great unwashed, illiterate masses decide to cause upsets in the streets, as they’ve already stated, and I’m sorry to say this of other Americans, but for the greater good of the nation, they might need to be the ones eliminated.
To be a bit more analytical about it but, still making the same point: President Obama all sizzle and no steak.
President Bush had a budget that spent 20% of GDP. Although, the government only took in about 18% of GDP as income, it was obvious to an anlalytical thinker Bush’s goal was to get that income up to 20% of GDP to match spending...which was a difficult task that he never accomplished.
Enter President Obama. He immediately increased the budget to 25% of GDP and once Obamacare gets fully implemeneted, the federal budget will undoubtedly increase to somewhere near 30% of GDP. Like Bush, though, the income for the federal budget remained near 18% of GDP (and in some years it’s been as low as 16% of GDP)....and this is the crux of our economic conundrum.
Romney and Paul Ryan have made many good arguments about how they can reach the goal of getting income to 20% of GDP into the Federal Government. They’ve also put some reasonable plans together about lowering spending to 20% of GDP as well but, they make no claims of being miracle workers.
Obama, on the other hand, has not even mentioned his balooning budget is actually going to increase even more in his second term and has offered only ‘taxing the rich’ as a new source of income. Never mind that ‘taxing rich will’ brings in a paultry some of new income should it be enacted, it smacks of a person throwing speghetti on the wall in hopes of it sticking ‘politically’ rather than it being a well thought out agenda.
I make these points as an analytical thinker, not as a partisan. If Obama is re-elected there is no way he won’t be coming to get more money from everyone (small and big business, lower, middle, and upper income folks, investots..everyone) for at least 30% more in income taxes for the Feds. It’s the only way he can come close to getiing the 30% of GDP to support his spending. Period.
The ruinous tax and spending trend by the libs has been obvious for decades now but, the Public Debt was just too abstract to worry people for the most part. But, now with trillion dollar deficits and a 16 trillion dollar debt an actual argument has begun in our country over how to deal with it....The dems are not used to having to break out the calculator to defend themselves and they resent it very much as Obama’s rhetoric clearly indicates.
In any case, we’re very close to a tipping point in this country. We either drive fill speed ahead into fiancial ruin or we start cutting up the credit cards.
I’m not sure if Romney/Ryan have all the answers but, I’m absolutely certain that President Obama does not.
I’m voting for Romney. You should, too.
Great post. Thank you.
I don’t expect to see any pictures of President Romney with his feet up, shoes on the Oval Office furniture.
President Romney will probably always wear a tie and jacket in the Oval Office as well.
Humility, recognition of a "Sovereign Ruler of the universe," (James Madison), and fidelity to the Constitution's principles and protections were the mark of those early Presidents who understood "the People's" struggles and sacrifices for liberty, and the duty to protect that Creator-endowed right to ordered liberty which accompanied the title, "President."
Not knowing anything about Obama thanks to the media, I knew we were screwed when I heard about his association with Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright.
Maybe he will put up an "office of the unelected president" sign come next Wednesday.
Maybe he will put up an "office of the unelected president" sign come next Wednesday.
There will be respect from day one. I do feel sorry for the cleaning crew that has to clean up the mess that arrogant pos leaves behind. Also I hope there is enough Fabreze to get rid of the stench