Supporting Obama the best thing we can do
There is no such thing as a stupid question, right? How about ridiculous comments?
So the other day I overheard a United States citizen and Vail Valley resident actually say, “Obama may be your President, but he is not mine!”
Unless I am mistaken, there is only one President of the United States and starting today that is Barak Obama. If you live here, if you are a U.S. Citizen, if you hope to be one in the next four years, he is not just your president, he is our president.
Please understand that I am a devout Republican. I voted for John McCain and believe he would have been a better presidential choice for this country. And this article is not intended to debate politics with anyone or impose my political beliefs on anyone. But now that the election is over, it is not a question of Barak Obama being my president or your president, he is our president and we all need to give him the support he deserves while he assumes arguably the most powerful position on this planet.
The thought of people hoping he fails or wishing that he flounders is just absurd. It would be like the entire defense of a professional football team deciding that they hope the newly hired coach fails or comes up short. Or the players on a baseball team that just traded for a home run hitting marvel with a bad attitude guy to root for him strike out every time he comes to the plate.
It would be like a new CEO or manager of a company taking over and the staff rebelling instead of welcoming and supporting the new leadership. Could you imagine the low morale and resulting impact on that business? It would be devastating, probably disastrous.
The very best thing that we can all do, starting today, is to give Barak Obama the very best hope, support, and prayers that we possibly can. He is our president for the next four years and he already has incredible situations and pressures he needs to deal with. He is the coach and we are the players and if we want to go to the proverbial Super Bowl or World Series we need to believe in and support our coach.
Here is where it all goes wrong. You see, many of us set unattainable expectations for a new president. What we have to do is be realistic and understand that no matter how audacious the job at hand is, the reality is that only so many things can be done at one time. Only so many initiatives can be tackled and so many battles fought and won. Remember that people, even the President, can make radical changes in minute steps. (earthquakes, hurricanes, and floods receive all the media attention but termites do more damage each year)
So let’s give the new president courtesy and time. Let’s set realistic expectations for him, and ourselves.
Think of it this way: Even if we could take the very best of John F. Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan and Harry Truman, Bill Clinton, to create a “perfect” president, he or she still couldn’t solve all of our country’s problems in the first year, let alone four years or even eight.
We are a great land, with incredible people and talent, so imagine what we could do if we all pulled together. The giant Belgian horse on its own can pull 8,000 pounds. Hook him up with another giant Belgian horse and the team will pull 17,000 pounds. Send them off to school and teach them to pull in harmony and the team will pull 25,000 pounds.
I am a proud Republican, but for the next four years I am going to stand up for, support, pray for, and hope for Barak Obama as the president of the greatest country on this planet, and pray that he will be wildly successful.
Thanks again for all the e-mails and personal feedback about this column. If you want to debate politics I am the wrong guy, but I will reply. And if you want to share your hope, support and optimistic outlook for the next 4 years please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. “United we stand, divided we fall.”