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Archive for January 20th, 2009

Goodbye, George Bush

Posted by sanityinjection on January 20, 2009

Today is also the day that America says good bye to President George Bush. Some have been waiting for this day breathlessly for eight years.

It is hard to know how history will judge Bush’s Presidency. It seems unlikely that he will ever be considered a great President. But perhaps the passage of time will allow some of the positive aspects of his Presidency to be considered along with the negatives.

Much may depend on the future of Iraq. Should Iraq develop into a stable democracy, Bush’s legacy will surely reap the credit. If it sinks into a quagmire of ethnic and sectarian conflict, he will just as surely bear the brunt of the blame.

Bush’s strong leadership in the aftermath of 9/11 is perhaps balanced by his failure of leadership during Hurricane Katrina. Perhaps his biggest failure, though, has been his philosophy that admitting mistakes is a sign of weakness. On multiple occasions this has prevented him from switching course when needed, until much damage had already been done.

I did not vote for George Bush in 2000; I did vote for him in 2004, mainly on the war issue. But I think that it is time for him to pass from the world stage, and that it will be healthy for Bush’s supporters, detractors, and middle-ground folks like me to turn the page and enter a new era, which if not free of partisan polarization, at least will find some other focus for it.

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Thoughts on the Obama inauguration

Posted by sanityinjection on January 20, 2009

Or should that be, the “Obauguration”? “Obamuration”? At least we know there’ll be an “Obama-oration”, and probably an “Obama-ovation”, too. 🙂

My local news station this weekend had a countdown timer counting down the minutes and seconds until the inauguration. I thought that was a bit much. Certainly, the inauguration of America’s first black President is a historic moment. But honestly, I don’t think the Second Coming of Jesus Christ would draw as much media hype as this day has. They sure didn’t fawn over Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. this much when he made his now-famous “I have a Dream” speech. I guess I just find it embarrassing when normally professional reporters start behaving like preteen girls at a Jonas Brothers concert.

Nevertheless, Sanity Injection wishes our new President well. Although he wasn’t my choice, he will be my President. If his success means success for America, I am for it; if his failure means failure for America, I pray he does not fail. In between the two, I expect there will be plenty of room for disagreement over how to proceed. However, we are already starting to see signs that Obama may start to have disagreements of his own with the strong left-wing faction of his own party in Congress.

It seems clear that millions of Americans have pinned great hopes on the President. I fear that the expectations of what he can achieve may be set too high. Meanwhile, today is his moment in the sun undimmed by any such worries – let it be enjoyed by him, his family, and all those who look up to him as an example of what they, too, may be able to achieve.

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