Saturday, January 26, 2008

"A President Like My Father"


"I have never had a president who inspired me the way people tell me that my father inspired them. But for the first time, I believe I have found the man who could be that president — not just for me, but for a new generation of Americans." - Caroline Kennedy on Barack Obama, January 26, 2008

3 Comments:

Blogger Don-n-ABQ said...

Well, I never liked Kennedy (poor moral character; I liked Bobby better). But, if Obama can give us the: "And by the end of this decade (2020) will be off foreign oil" speech, and then make it happen, that is all I really want Santa.

A good, comprehensive, energy plan, drawn up and executed, is what I most want over the next 12 years.

My big fear with Obama is that he will be another Jimmy Carter. One of the nicest guys that you would ever want to meet, great character, but didn't accomplish much of anything. But, Carter wanted to do everything on his own, and Obama strikes me as more of a team guy. Let us hope? I think I'll go pray now.

7:27 PM  
Blogger deano said...

Thanks for leaving a comment, don-n-abq.

Back in the day, I wasn't aware of JFK's personal morality issues. Things like MM's "Happy Birthday, Mr President" were only suggestive, not scandalous; at least to my worldy-beyond-my-years 3rd grade sensibility. ;-)

I also don't put personal failings on an equal footing with public service failings. It's far more important to me they exhibit wisdom and the ability to inspire in their work. They can do whatever they want to off the clock, as long as it doesn't hurt anyone.

I mostly remember JFK for his inspirational ability - as Caroline suggests she's heard from other boomers. Granted, his wisdom was kind of suspect (Bay of Pigs), but he was cut down before he had the opportunity to show us the full picture.

Obama also inspires me. His recent 'race' speech, as well as his nuanced and consistent responses in all those debates, indicates he possesses a level of wisdom, intellect and thoughtfulness which I honestly feel eclipses any other presidential aspirant in my lifetime. We live in exceedingly complicated and worrisome times - we need a big brain in the WH.

I agree - RFK was a great man. But he was also a polarizing personality. What makes Obama so unique, perhaps unprecedented, is his ability to articulate an agenda of change without alienating the 'opposition' (I put that in quotes because I get the impression that's a word that he doesn't often use). He can reunite the country.

We can start the long overdue healing, if only Hillary would get over herself and realize the best thing she could do for this country would be to step aside and let a potentially once-in-a-lifetime leader do the great work.

Here endeth my mancrush admission.

7:39 AM  
Anonymous Don said...

I used to think like you did: What matters in their personal life does not matter in their job. I now no longer believe that. I have come to believe that what are leaders do, what JFK, LBJ, Nixon, and Clinton, did was to tear at the moral fabric foundation of this nation. There has been a 48-year deteriorating effect that must be reversed. I think that their moral and personal makeup has had unconscious repercussions on the nation that most people are not aware of.

Another thing that I didn't like about JFK was the fact that Joseph paid for votes and stuffed the box. Of course, who knows what George (43) did?

Hillary and McCain seem like just a continuation of the past, the same general machine that has been in place since 1980. I would also like to see a president from more modest means. Hillary came from a fairly well off family, McCain's father and grandfather were both admirals. I think George (43) has NO clue what so ever what the little guy is going through. Obama is the closest to the common man.

You are right about Bobby, he scared some people.

I just don't know if any president can put this country right. We need a long term plan on the U.S. Dollar. We need a long term plan on Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid. Oil is the #1 component that is pervasive in every little thing that we do. Energy and health care are the two most challenging issues facing the small American. If we came up with a comprehensive energy program the rally in the Dollar would be massive. Imagine if the price of oil was back to $1.50 or $1.00 tomorrow? Would that would mean to every man, woman, and child, in this country. In every thing that they buy. What if we had taken the $1 trillion that we have spent in Iraq and put that to Energy? Or health care? That amount in a trust fund-pool would have probably paid for every man, woman, and child making under $50,000 in this country with FULL-COVERAGE health insurance for life.

Instead of giving spenders $300 or $600 bucks, a one-time band-aid, what if we gave small companies are three month full depreciation pass on all new capital equipment? A full tax-free write-off if the buy in the second or third quarter of this year. Sure, I'll like my little $300 bucks, but a better solution to help a recession, and help the U.S. economy long term, would be a capital expenditure tax break. A program like that, with a limited 3-month window to be used this year, would create jobs where some poor guy could get $300 a month, or a week, every month (or week). It would create jobs. $300 one time in the hands of consumers will just mean buying goods made in China, and then it is gone.

I wish Hillary would just go away, and lets get to work on long term solutions. Otherwise, I think I would just like to move to another country.

Thanks for reading,

Don

11:23 PM  

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