Skip to comments.More RESPECT for the President, Please!
Posted on 10/26/2010 7:40:44 AM PDT by Kaslin
President Barack Obama began his term with the highest of accolades in the press. Hardball host, TVs Chris Matthews, felt a tingle go up and down his leg whenever Obama speaks. Newsweeks Evan Thomas said he hovered over the nations, like a sort of god. All too soon, however, the President came crashing down, like Icarus in Greek legend. Young Icarus flew too close to the sun and the wax that attached the feathers to his homemade wings melted. Icarus plunged into the sea. President Obama may have gotten too close to those klieg lights.
He senses it himself. They talk about me like Im a dog, he complained recently. Actually, Mr. President, thats wrong. Americans love their dogs. Just recall the furor that erupted when Lyndon B. Johnson lifted his beagles up by their ears. Americans liked those beagles a lot more than they liked LBJ.
This campaign is bringing out the worst in some of Obamas critics. I want to say: Enough! Lets show some more respect for the President of the United States. Its gone too far when a candidate for governor of one of our famous states publicly tells the president he can take his endorsement and shove it.
Whats that you say? Was the president really going to endorse a Republican? Not at all. The candidate who told the commander-in-chief to take his job endorsement and shove it was none other than Frank Caprio, the Democratic candidate for governor of Rhode Island.
It seems the president is campaigning in the Ocean State, but is pointedly not embracing Caprio. Instead, the President non-endorsement will be seen as a blessing-in-disguise for former Republican Sen. Lincoln Chafee. Chafee is running for governor as an independent.
Obama continues to have a high approval rating in Rhode Islandif not in the Caprio household. Rhode Island is one of the few states where local candidates are happy to be seen with the embattled President.
How bad is it getting on the campaign trail? Well, local candidates seem happy to bring former President Bill Clinton in to campaign for them. Theyd rather have an impeached former President, one who turned the pardon process into a fire sale during his last days in office. Does anyone remember Marc Rich? Clinton gave him a pardon for dealing in oil with Saddam Hussein. Even TIME magazine cited the Marc Rich pardon as one of the ten most scandalous in our history. Yet candidates prefer to hug Bill Clinton on the hustings to being hugged by Barack Obama.
Does anyone remember the White House in 2000? Bill Clinton survived impeachment and decided to throw a last lavish party for the Two Hundredth Anniversary of the Presidents House. He invited those famous Friends of Bill to the East Room for a ceremony. Some of them had been allowed to rent the Lincoln Bedroom for sleepovers. Lets hope he didnt rent it by the hour.
The late Mary McGrory described the scene under the glittering chandelier as hundreds of Bill Clintons strongest backers crowded into the sparkling hall. They were there to hear author David McCullough read from his best-selling biography of John Adams. Americas second President was the first to live in the White House.
McCulloughs deep, sonorous voice rang out with the words of Adams prayer for the White House. FDR even had it carved into the mantle of the fireplace in the State Dining Room.: "I pray to heaven to bestow the best of blessings on this house and all that hereafter inhabit it...May none but the honest and wise men ever rule under this roof."
The Washington Posts McGrory records that when McCullough got to the wise and honest part, all of Bill Clintons closest friends looked at their shoes.
Yet, apparently, this years crop of candidates would rather have the jolly, gregarious Bill Clinton stumping for them than the White Houses current occupant. One thing you have to say for Bill Clinton: He never came off as holier than Thou.
Maybe its the Presidents unfortunate tendency to talk down to the American people. He tends to say they cling to their guns and their religion. He thinks theyre not thinking straight if they oppose his policies. They tend not to be rational when theyre afraid. Barack Obama talks about us as if he wishes he could elect a new people.
Id like to see more respect for the Office of President. But I have one word of advice for the current occupant: RESPECT: Its what you have to have in order to get.
1/350 millionth or so (actually, probably more along the lines of 1/330 millionth or so if you exclude the illegals) of Obama’s time is spent as my employee. He’s not my king. He’s done nothing to earn my respect.
I’m trying very hard to respect President Obama. As the elected leader of this nation, he is due that. If I met him, I’d treat him respectfully, to include respectfully disagreeing with him.
“Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities,” wrote the apostle Paul. “For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God” (Romans 13:1)
“Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, or to governors ...” (1 Peter 2:13-14)
Respect has to be earned. Oh, I’d respect a rattlesnake, at least until I could dispense with it.
By the 17th post, you’ve ordered 3 posters to read the article. I did read it. Now, quit with the orders.
I respect him as much as he respects the American people.
Shove it, Obama.
Double that sentiment unk!
I respect the Office of the President, but not the arrogant pos, who currently occupies it
0h0m0 will enjoy it thoroughly!
“Newsweeks Evan Thomas said he hovered over the nations, like ‘a sort of god.’”
Ugh, that line makes me want to hover over my toilet and give an “offering” to Obama on the only altar he is worthy of.
Most of us saw through the con-artist with a teleprompter. Kids were conned and the handout crowd saw another golden egg for which they didn’t have to work. During the initial campaign, I remember conversations talking about what a joke this organizer of community illiterates was to think he could be elected. Then homowood and the old media began pushing the hard sell to the community illiterates and he was supposedly voted in with an honest election. Never once, did I trust or think this clown had a clue—all one had to do was view his record.
I give him every bit of the respect he has earned.
Sorry, but respect is earned and this cretin deserves none.
I remember that article or something like it. I can’t recall though if it was by the same author or by someone else
My question is: What kind of respect does President Obmana have towards conservative Americans? He recently told us to go to the back of the bus?
This is exactly what Ken Blackwell more or less says in the second sentence in the last paragraph
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