President Obama: Grace Under Fire
For the past three years since his inaguration, I have watched President Obama as he has tried to make sense and justice of the muddled mess he inherited from the past adminstration. I am still in awe!!
With tears in my eyes I watched as he was elected to bring equality and hope to the many thousands of people who voted for him. I was among those who hoped this was the person who would make sense of the mess we as a country found ourselves in. He inherieted a broken economy, wars in which we should have never been involved and a myramid of other problems. During this period I saw a man who was calm, cool, collected, well spoken and intelligent. He showed no signs of nervousness or hesitancy when he took the oath of office. He appeared as always confident, unshaken and the shining example of courage and grace.
I was honored to have cast my vote for Obama. I did not see skin color, race, or anything other than a very well educated man who was able to bring all races together to accomplish the American Dream, " One nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all".
It didn't take long for the ugly side of politics to rear its ugly head. First it was his citizenship in question. Although he was born in the United States, his father was from Africa. He was our first BLACK PRESIDENT!! This somewhat amazes me since he is also half white on behalf of his mother and raised by his white grandparents. If you are half white and half black, why do people concentrate on only the black part of his lineage? His mother was an American citizen, so even if he were born abroad that would make him an American citizen in those years. My oldest daughter was born in Mexico, but since I was an American citizen, she was by default an American citizen. The soap opera went on and on.....
The next thing to come up was the war in Afghanistain and Iraq. First and foremost , he was not the one to iniate the war, that would be our former President George Bush, also the former Govenor of Texas, the great state where I have resided for the past 30 years. President Obama was left to decide how to fix the mess left to him. I personally feel he has done what was necessary. Now the former president Bush's croonie Rick Perry who suceeded him as govenor of Texas, has thrown his hat into the political arena. BUYER BEWARE!!! Before you cast that Perry vote...take a very long, hard, zoomed-in look at Texas under Perry. In Dallas alone, we let go of 800 teachers, our libraires and other resources are closed much of the time due to cuts in funding and staff, and during all of this time we continue building prisons at break neck speed. Our penal system is the largest in the world..Texas has earned the name "Texas the Execution Machine", my beautiful state has become the world leader is executions. Even those for whom there existed doubt about their guilt were "put down" like unwanted animals. Texas prison system has its roots traced all the way back to slavery and to this day is the model for other states to follow. But don't worry...for those who decide to vote for Perry, thier uneducated children will still have a job...working for free in the prison empire...that is until they are executed.
Then came the killing of Osama Bin Laden. It brought a fire storm of controversy and critisism. He wasn't in the big chair at the head of the table, he didn't look over-joyed enough or happy enough...on and on. To me I didn't care what chair he was in or stupid things like those flying around in the media. I personally feel that anytime another human being is killed, it is not a time to rejoice, laugh, party...whatever. It is a time of saddness.
On the debt ceiling issue he has been bashed over and over. T o those like myself, on Social security and medicare, he is my hero. He didn't sell us out. yes, he had to give to get what we as a nation needed, but that is life. Everything is a give and take and the republicans have not made it easy for President Obama, even when the end result would have been the best for the American people. President Obama has made a good start and if given the chance will continue to take this nation to where it is once again strong and proud.
After the death of Osama Bin laden, I watched in anger and amusement as the right-wingers in my hometown of Dallas, where former president Bush now resides, hung signs that said" Obama forgot to say thank you to Bush". Thank you???, for what a war that has lasted 11 years, soldiers that continue to come home in caskets...and an economy that is devasted. Nothing ceases to amaze me.
Through it all, I have watched as President Obama, my President, as he weathered the storms that come with making change. Always soft-spoken, gentle and kind, he remains an example of what society should be proud to call their leader.
On an after-thought, he has been blamed for using hurricaine Irene as a ploy to relection. Could this be because Bush and associates screwed up so royally in the aftermath of hurricaine Katrina?? As a survivior, I say kudos to President Obama for the advanced preparations made and the suffering it will save. The months of no electricity, no federal aid, shortages of food and bare necessities made life after Katrina hell. I am glad that the actions to keep others from the same were taken. It was a job very well done.
Do I think there have been mistakes?? Maybe. But not in the election of my President. Do I think he is a savior or walks on water?? No, but compared to what we had before...Damn close.
To you, President Obama, you are truly an example of Grace and Courage under fire.