Open letter to President Obama.
In your effort to persuade some Republicans to vote for the current proposed stimulus bill you lower yourself and look a little bit like someone trying to cover his a**. Just pass the thing if you believe it will bring the economy around. Since you didn’t care to take any of the Republicans ideas, wasn’t “I won” the reason you gave for not taking Republican input, why exactly do you feel you must have their votes?
Wasn’t it that same meeting, what was it 3 or maybe 4 days into your presidency that you were also quoted as worrying about how this decision could hurt your chances of getting re-elected? Sir, may I be so bold as to suggest that if you are worrying now about that and using that as a measurement for decision making that it’s going to get very rough for you.
More to the point, sir, though are my thoughts on your requesting that folks should not listen to Rush Limbaugh. You, sir, have much growing up to do. There is never any reason for the Leader of the Free World to throw himself and the power of his office at a private businessman in the United States. Never.
You, sir, need very badly to take a look at your predecessor. Do you now regret your easy, glib, verbal attacks on President Bush? Do you remember how Bush behaved? You, who enjoys worldwide adoration, cannot withstand some criticism without lashing out at the speaker? (Oh, eh, wait now, I thought I had heard that dissent is patriotic?? Oh, nevermind that now.)
So, again, you, who enjoys worldwide adoration, have such thin skin that you can endure no dissent? In fact, it does seem that criticism actually compels you to court Republican votes as protective cover.
Wait, look back in time and contrast.
You enjoy worldwide adoration (I cannot wrap my mind around that one, but we’ll have to go with it), President Bush, on the other hand, faced worldwide opprobrium as he weighed his decision to keep America safe by invading Iraq. Yet, this man made his decision like a man. He stood firm in his belief in himself. With you and your ilk pissing on him daily he never once, not once, ever responded or even acknowledged the dreary slings and arrows, but stood like the grown man he is and governed as best he could with your incessant hordes trying to destroy him from below. Noble. I loathed seeing him attacked, but I so admired the magnificent way he withstood you all. Oh, yeah, by the way, thanks for that, I always enjoy having to see a man I admire ripped to shreds by overgrown, spoiled children who are supposed to be governing our nation.
So, please, grow up. The Presidency is not a plaything. You have to do the work, you have to take the hits. It was your admired Lincoln who said, “We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.”
Remember, “If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem.” - Abraham Lincoln
Good luck, sir, may the grace and blessings of God help you in your herculean job as President of our beloved United State of America.
An American Citizen