Today is an important day. Fifty years ago a dedicated group of people crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge. It was not an event greeted by cheers, but by jeers. It has been described as Bloody Sunday, but today things are different. No they are not perfect but they are different. We have a black president. It is hard to believe that 50 years ago blacks in Alabama blacks could not vote and now a black man leads this nation. It is also noteworthy that former President Bush was in attendance. This is a day that we all have a right to be proud of what we have done and what we are doing. Please read the linked story there are great photos from the event.
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Dick Cheney is on a media tour, but it also seems his primary mission is to re-write his own legacy. In the process it seems like he does not care who has to be sacrificed in his goal of re-writing historythe past. Colin Powell and Condeleeza Rice are two people that Cheney has singled out for criticism, but he has also taken some serious shots at his former boss, President Bush. He has proclaimed Powell as the man who had no opinion in meetings, but plenty of them when a mission failed. He recalls a time when Rice came to him “tearful” as she told him that he was in fact right, and he claims the president deferrred to his judgment when comtemplating the iraq War. I have heard pundits say this is Cheney’s opportunity to tell his “truth”. Truth used to have only one version but now we have individual versions and Cheney is on a mission to tell his. Cheney is a man that has suffered 5 heart attacks and he is now operating on a sophisticated battery pack. I would think that his thoughts would be heavenly bound instead of bound and determined to reshape the past.
Preisdent Bush’s new book Decision Points is coming out this week. He chronicles a lot of events that shaped his life but one of them is down right disturbing. President Bush opposed abortion, but in the book he shared that as a teenager his mother suffered a miscarriage and she placed the fetus in a jar to take to the hospital with her, and seeing this fetus helped solidify his opposition to abortion. What???? Please tell me why would a mother show this to one of her children? To me this borders on child abuse. To place that kind of indeligble imprint in the mind of your child is simply cruel. There was nothing edifying about this act.
Last night when President Obama addressed the nation he gave credit to President Bush. Obama said, “It’s well known that he and I disagreed about the war from its outset. Yet no one could doubt President Bush’s support for our troops, or his love of country and commitment to our security.” Some Republicans have criticized the president for not giving Bush enough credit for the successful surge. “Mitch McConnell joined other leading Republicans, including 2008 GOP presidential nominee John McCain and John Boehner in praising Bush while calling into question Obama’s foreign policy vision. “Some leaders who opposed, criticized, and fought tooth-and-nail to stop the surge strategy now proudly claim credit for the results,” Boehner said in a Tuesday speech. “Today, we mark not the defeat those voices anticipated, but progress.”* So let me get this right. President Bush has been out of office for over a year and a half, but he still deserves the success for what is going on in Iraq right now, but why does that same mindset not apply to the economy? When President Obama says the economy did not just get this way when he moved into the oval office he is criticized, but now he is criticized because he does not seem to be showing proper deference to the former president. President Bush was in office for 8 years, and there are things he should be praised for, and yes there are things he should be blamed for and he can’t have one without the other. *http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0810/41625.html#ixzz0yH9x7aud
Former Presidents Bush and Clinton are in Haiti at the request of President Obama. They are our good will ambassadors and they are there to make sure funds are going where they should be going, but in ther midst of this mission we have this hand wiping situation. the question is did President Bush wipe his had after shaking the hand of one of the Haitians. Some are saying he did and saying he is a racists. I say look at the tape and make your own decision, but I am not ready to beat the former president up if he did wipe his hand. Have you ever shook hands with someone and they felt clammy or sticky? Did you want to get that off your hand? If anybody should be questioning the incident it is Clinton and he should be asking what did you wipe on my shirt? So let’s lighten up and give Bush a break.
Today President Bush held his last press conference as president. He used it as a time to reflect on his 8 year presidency. To me there are two moments that define Bush’s presidency and they are September 11th and Katrina. When we were attacked on September 11th George Bush stepped up and became a resilient, compassionate leader. Let’s not speculate on what his office knew or should have known. Let’s just reflect on the fact that the country was in a state of shock and sorrow, and he was a true leader in this time of uncertainty. He knew what to say to those who had loss loved ones and he also knew what to say to all of us as we struggled to move on. This was truly George Bush at his best. Then came Katrina in 2005 and what I saw was bordering on indifference. To see citizens of our country standing crying and begging for help was absolutely heart-wrenching. It was unbelievable and inconceivable that we as a nation could drop food to refugees all over the world, but we had no means of helping citizens in our own country. When he said that his FEMA chief was doing a “hecka of a job”, people all over the country gave a collective gasp. We wondered how could he be so out of touch? Today as he reflects on his actions he contends he did not want to be in the way of law enforcement. If we could only believe this, but this seems like a statement made by a man to justify his own inaction. September 11th and Katrina are two pivotal events that will define his legacy and at this point it is hard to see how this president will be remembered.
Today Eartha Kitt died. She was over 80, but she lived a life that mattered. Sure she was a movie star who also appeared on Broadway, but what she did over 40 years ago at the White House made her a freedom fighter. She was invited to a “ladies luncheon” hosted by Lady Bird Johnson and Kitt spoke out against the Vietnam War. She said “you send the best of this country off to be shot and maimed. They rebel in the street. They don’t want to go to school because they’re going to be snatched off from their mothers to be shot in Vietnam.” After the luncheon Kitt was blacklisted in the United States. For the next four years she only performed overseas. The FBI and CIA investigated her and found her to be “foul-mouthed and promiscuous.” The ironic thing is she was only labeled this way after she spoke out against the war. Why would the first lady invite a foul-mouthed woman to a “ladies luncheon”? Years later Kitt said “The thing that hurts, that became anger, was when I realized that if you tell the truth _ in a country that says you’re entitled to tell the truth _ you get your face slapped and you get put out of work.” Kitt had courage and that is the courage that was needed when this country got pulled into the ill-advised Iraq war. If only more people who had a stage had had the courage to speak out despite the fear of repercussion. Kitt should not just be remembered as sultry and sexy, but she must also be remembered for being gutsy, courageous patriot.
These are the last days of George Bush and he is counting the days like a prisoner waiting on his release date. He has seen the markets crash, the auto industry threaten to go belly up and the final insult of an Iraqi reporter hurling his shoes at him. Bush for all intents and purpose has been missing in action. His surprise visit to Iraq was designed to encourage the troops and to highlight the progress made in that country, but sadly the shoe incident has proven to be the news story coming out of the visit. The irony of the situation is Bush though misguided thought the removal of Sadaam Hussein would be viewed as victory to the Iraqi citizens, but after over 4 years and over 4,000 American lives sacrificed the Iraqi countrymen hate Americans, and in no way to they view the Americans as liberators. So on yesterday we see our current president ducking the flying shoes of a reporter. This is the final insult for our president and sadly our country.
Today President-elect Obama introduced his economic team. Everyone is so pleased with his selection that they want him to be president now. I was watching Lou Dobbs and he suggested that George Bush resign today one of his guest proposed swearing Obama in as the interim president until the inauguration. All of this was fodder for discussion since the fact is it is un-constitutional, but the bigger issue is that Americans need answers now. So now the pundits are clamoring for Obama to fill the “leadership vacuum”. this is very dangerous territory for Obama because it has to be clear that this is not a situation that he created. This is an inherited situation and George Bush is still the president. He might not look like the man in charge but he is still the president and he still has power, and he needs to use it. Just by virtue of being the president he can call the brightest and best to his office tomorrow, but he is choosing to serve out his last days like a prisoner waiting for release. So by doing nothing everyone is looking for Obama to solve the nation’s problems prior to taking office. Barack Obama is not the president he is the president elect and until he is sworn in President Bush must do the job that we are currently paying him to do.
Over the past few days we have heard from John McCain and Barack Obama and how they would handle the current financial crisis. This is an issue that one of them will have to tackle in January, but so far we have only heard a 2 minute explanation from the guy that currently holds the job that they covet. We have heard cryptic statements that boil down to “it’s bad–act fast”, but tonight we will finally get the opportunity to hear from our president. Hopefully we won’t just hear a sales pitch. We want to know who fell asleep at the switch. President Bush is probably counting the days until he goes back to Texas, and we are too, but he can not just check out until January. We need some real solutions right now and as of today George W is still the Commander-in-Chief.