A tale of two presidents

In My Opinion

J.R. FroelichMay 30, 2012 

It could be the greatest scandal this nation has ever seen. I suspect there is a hidden panel in the oval office where, when you press the button, the wall slides back and there is a cubby hole where George W. Bush is signing all of our laws. This must be the case because to listen to our current president and all of his minions, everything wrong is Bush's fault.

Remember when our troops captured Saddam Hussein? He was subsequently tried and hung by the neck until dead. Upon his capture President Bush said: "The success of yesterday's mission is a tribute to our men and women now serving in Iraq. The operation was based on the superb work of intelligence analysts who found the dictator's footprints in a vast country. The operation was carried out with skill and precision by a brave fighting force. Our servicemen and women and our coalition allies have faced many dangers in the hunt for members of the fallen regime, and in their effort to bring hope and freedom to the Iraqi people. Their work continues, and so do the risks. Today, on behalf of the nation, I thank the members of our Armed Forces and I congratulate them!"

Upon the assassination of Osama bin Laden, President Obama made this statement: "And so shortly after taking office, I directed Leon Panetta, the Director of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority of our war against al Qaeda, even as we continued to broader efforts to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat his network. Then, last August, I was briefed on a possible lead to bin Laden. It was far from certain, and it took many months to run this thread to ground. I met repeatedly with my national security team as we developed more information about the possibility that we had located bin Laden hiding within a compound deep inside of Pakistan. And finally, last week, I determined that we had enough intelligence to take action, and I authorized an operation to get Osama bin Laden and bring to justice. Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan ..."

A man of good character gives credit where credit is due. A man of weak character is self-absorbed and fills his speeches with "I, I, I, I, I, my."

In March, 2006, Senator Obama said, "The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our government's reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that "the buck stops here." Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. He is currently expecting Congress to raise the debt limit again.

At President Obama's inaugural address, January 20, 2009, he said, "That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood." He also said, "we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord. On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises."

For the next two years he cried, "it's worse than we thought." He had complete party control over the House and Senate for the first two years in office and the best he could do was "pass this bill so we can find out what's in it," raising the national debt a trillion or so more.

So, the campaign for our country's highest elected office is fully engaged and many politicians suggest that we should be more concerned about how Mr. Romney spends his own and private investor's money as opposed to how Mr. Obama is wasting ours. President Obama said, "If I don't have this done in three years then there's going to be a one term proposition." Make it come true, vote him out.

(Note) My column is prefaced with my name and my picture. I suggest, that in this nation of freedom of speech, those who disagree with my words should write their words, sign their name and send them to our editor. To leave anonymous messages is rather cowardly.

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