Good Job Mr President

Sir;>

Before I get to the subject of the title, let me introduce my self. I am a male in my fifties, I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. I served over 22 years in the United States Army; 11 of them as a Senior Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO). After retiring from the military; I worked for 9 years with the United States Postal Service in Savannah Georgia, carrying the mail. In 2004 I resigned from the USPS to serve as a contractor in the Morale Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Departments of several Forward Operating Bases (FOB’s) in Iraq. I am a widower after 23 yrs 10 mo 9 days, of a great marriage to an Englishwoman who served our country selflessly as my spouse, and was a great English patriot all the while; and I suspect was much like Mrs. O in respect to marrying down when they agreed to have us. But I digress; I mentioned all of the above, so you can gauge what I am about to say by the sum of my experiences.

First let me say, Good Job Mr. President! Your stepping out on Friday to say what you said at the press briefing was excellent and demonstrated, to me at least, a positive strength of character that is rare in the political arena. You recognized something that came out wrong and stepped up to the plate to fix it. Way to go Boss. Now I would be remiss if I didn’t also offer the following advice for you to close out this ‘teachable moment’ after you’ve had a chance to have the beer (by the way, great move that’s the Chicago way of resolving these issues and should be encouraged more often), with Sgt Crowley and Prof Gates. I also hope the key teachable moments are to SGT Crowley and the American public as a whole are that you, The President, support him in a difficult and dangerous job and add to his experiences that may help resolve a similar situation in a different way in the future.

I think the teachable moment for Prof Gates should be, (and has been for both my kids and privates in the Army) that there are plenty of good folks doing that difficult job, and get your race off your sleeve and follow instructions when police give them to you. If there is race behind what the police tell you to do, the time to explore that is later and it will come out in the wash.

Our society, while fraught with racial misunderstanding on all sides, has I think progressed to a point where if the actions by police are brought to the forefront and the authority figures acted inappropriately, then the ostracism will follow. Believe it or not, there are many of us AWG’s that heard Dr King at a young age and recognized his dream, was no more or less than what we are all owed under our constitution. However, if you want to be judged by the content of your character, then show them the best of it,(your character) not the worst. The effectiveness of Dr King's dream is I think demonstrated in a generational change in attitude that is now the norm. I didn’t say complete but is more the norm both in personal relationships, but even more so in institutional behavior of our law enforcement officials.

I hope the advice above helps you out Mr. President, I have more if you need it on subjects like Energy Policy, Health Care reform, and others: I would be happy to help if I can. I’ve spent my life asking what I can do for my Country and then doing it. So if you want to know what an average white guy independent voter (AWGIV) thinks let me know. I'll tell you straight up, just like the old NCO that I am; there’s more where this came from. Good Luck Mr. President, we want you to succeed, God Bless you your family and these United States…

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glassvisage 7 years ago from Northern California

I hope you really sent this to him. It's very heartfelt and honest, and from a real patriot's standpoint :)


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Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Didn't know where to send it hoping White House Commo wiull picvk itup but if you know who to send it to please pass it along Thanks for your thoughts..


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Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Follow up for glassvisage - I looked up how to contact them and sent it on hope you will too.


A Texan 7 years ago

First let me thank you for your service to our country and offer condolences on the loss of your wife. I liked your Hub for the most part the only thing I take issue with is Obama's conduct is not becoming of the President of the U.S. He knew the question was coming (he sees them in advance)and he prefaced his answer with "I don't have all the facts" at that point he should have said he would leave it up to the local law enforcement officials and let them sort it out.

Thats not what he did, its my opinion he wanted to make this a race issue for political gain, however it backfired when it became known that Gates brought race into the flap. Obama owes all men and women who wear the uniforms of law enforcement an apology but I don't believe his arrogance will allow that.

Again I hope you understand this is not a knock on your Hub, I just have a different take on it! Semper Fidelis!


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Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

To A Texan - Thanks for your kind words my friend Semper Fi back to ya and Rangers Lead the Way!! Hooah!!


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RunEmOffTheHill 7 years ago

So Texan are you saying that the last President was a true role model? Yes you do have a different take on this subject and I would bet you have never been to Cambridge, my take on this is one word...Stupidly, granted he regets that one word as it will sure haunt Mr Obama for some time, at least he used a real word that can be found in a dictionary unlike our last President who made words up. With all the true issues at hand...Iraq, Afganistan, Iran, Health care and the Economy, we need to work together and Move on and get our great nation back on track as it took 8 years to screw things up and it will surely take more than 200 day's to fix this mess. Does anyone realize that this one word (STUPIDLY) has more press time than our troops have

had in the same week, what happened to

"Mission Accomplished"

that was muttered some 8 years ago? no one wants to venture into those waters.


A Texan 7 years ago

You really need to get over Bush, Obamaisms "Cinco de Quatro"

"57 States" The equivalent to Mission Accomplished "10,000 dead in Kansas town from a tornado" No my friend Bush does not own the rights on "Acting stupidly!"


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calfcreek 7 years ago from Republic of Texas

Thank you for writing. I'll have to agree with 'A Texan' on this one. The white house called the reporter and told her that she 'may get a question today'. She had written an article the day before on this incident. Obama thought he had an issue he could use to show how mean whitey still is in this country. Oooops! He is supposed to bring us together and yet his agenda is to tear us apart.

RunEmOfftheHill if you think a 3.6 trillion dollar budget, trillions in debt and government take over of private industries is going to get 'this great nation back on track' then I'm afraid my friend that you are going to be greatly disappointed. For the record, I criticized Bush too. He was not even close to a conservative. Have a great day!

Keith


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Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Calfcreek Thanks for your input, remember the Good Job was for saying he screwed up and taking a measure to add to a solution, our country will never get over its past if we don't chat about its future over a beer or two.


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rsmallory 7 years ago from Central Texas

Good hub, well said. I agree with Texan-he never should have said it in the first place, but we all make mistakes right? And I think after realizing he made that mistake he did the best thing he could to reconcile it. Thanks.


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Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Thanks rsmallory for the comment, concur that it would have been better left alone to begin with, but then I wouldn't have had a hub to do eh?


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Wealthmadehealthy 7 years ago from Somewhere in the Lone Star State

I really think he could have chosen his words in a more efficient manner, but what the hey?? Having everyone over

for a beer in the garden was just plain silly as well...

I wonder if Micky Mouse would have done a better job?? He wasn't on the ballet, but he seemed to please a lot of people for a very long time and I am sorry to be so sarcastic here...


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Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Roger that. As for the beer lot of smoke and mirrors but probably should have been done in Boston without the Press or the President, might have actually done some good...


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calfcreek 7 years ago from Republic of Texas

Hmrjmr1, so your stance is that if I manufacture a racist crisis and accuse without cause a police officer of racism in a time when these things can be volatile; then it backfires politically, and I apologize for the wording; then I am worthy of your praise? I'm sorry, but I just don't get that.

As for talking about things over a beer, that would be fantastic if it happened between the two parties involved. For it to be done by a third party who injected himself into the situation for what he thought would be political gain, and who now needs a photo op, that my friend is pathetic at best. BTW I would say the exact same thing if it was W. In fact I have many times. Photo ops are a fact of life, but I never praise them for it. I mostly ignore it, and watch very closely what they DO when we're NOT looking. Have a great day!

Keith


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Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

calfcreek no issues, see it your way, I made no comparisons of any other politician in particular as I think they all have a hard time saying Ooops I screwed that one up. (current example - Health Care Reform) just seemed to me on this one he did and so it goes, in the end doesn't seem like much was accomplished with the opportunity, no surprises there either..


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Tackle This 7 years ago

The last election wasn't about history having been made. Their candidate, Obama, was their best chance for more freebies.

Alan Keyes has run for president on either two or three occasions, so history could have been made prior to the last election. Actually, Mr. Keyes was on the ballot this time as well.


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Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Thanks for stopping by Tackle This, another interesting perspective.


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stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Glad your still looking out for the red, white, and blue. Your O.K. by Me. GBY


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KKalmes 5 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

Hello Hm, I am so happy to have bumped into this hub written so perfectly from one patriot to another. thumbs up and beautiful... I would be proud to follow you on a regular basis.

take care...


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Hmrjmr1 5 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

KK Thanks for stopping by and following as wekk!

Stars _ GBY too Leon and Thanks!


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Michael Ray King 5 years ago from Palm Coast

I like the statement you made in this hub. Noting that others keep wanting to inject more than what you said, you handled each one diplomatically without compromising your position. Heck, in most cases, I noted you are on the same page as they. Well written, well observed and well executed post-hub. Thank you for your service to our great nation. I feel a sense of pride and honor in being able to say that to someone who has served in our armed forces.


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Hmrjmr1 5 years ago from Georgia, USA Author

Thank you Michael for stopping by and your high praise. GBY!

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