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Presidential Greatness January 18, 2009

Posted by neoavatara in Economy, History, Politics, World Politics.
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I have been reading a lot of editorials and hearing a lot of commentary on presidential greatness recently.  This of course is especially in regards to Barack Obama taking the presidential oath of office on Tuesday.

I for one hope that Obama doesn’t become great; I don’t think he would want to be either.

Why would I say such a horrible thing?  When you look at presidential history in perspective, you may come to agree with me.

What makes a President great?  Well, let us categorize.  First, most if not all historians can agree that George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Franklin D. Roosevelt were among our best presidents.  Washington, being the first president, led the nation during a terrible war for independence.  Jefferson’s fame largely came during that war and with the writing of the Declaration of Independence.  His presidency was almost a footnote.  Abraham Lincoln had the nation on the brink of oblivion and brought it back almost singlehandedly, only to be assasinated at the moment of success.  And FDR led us during the Great Depression and World War II, the greatest moment of violent death in human history.

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Starting to see my point?  It is disaster, war, and violence that makes presidents great.  Even look at the next great tier of presidents.  Ronald Reagan was almost assasinated in 1981 (we didn’t realize how close he came until years later).  He ended the Cold War, which was maybe the most nonviolent global conflict in history, but saw the world at the edge of Damocles sword for generations.  John F. Kennedy’s presidency was a mixture of disaster and failure, and his real ascendency of greatness occurred in November 1963.

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Don’t get me wrong.  I hope Obama could be a very good president.  The better president he is, the better for the nation.  But a great president?  I hope not, because the costs to him and the rest of us for his ascendency to greatness is too high a price to pay.

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1. Joe Fattal - January 18, 2009

A little bit too much of a celebration. I personally cannot accept, or even agree to compare Mr. Obama to Abraham Lincoln. Mr. Obama hasn’t accomplished anything to this country in his few years as a senator in Chicago. The man can speak, makes eloquent speeches, inspire the crowds with lots of promises, with a change in mind that Lord’s only know what is he talking about. His wife Michelle a very radical person in my view. Still lives in the sixties. A black family that probably didn’t expect to go beyond a Chicago suburb. Now in the white house. If Mr. Obama was talking about a change, that must be it. I do not expect anything different from him, than I expected from Mr. Bush when he was elected. They both, him and his wife, played the race card very good, if he fails as a president which I sincerely think he will, he can use the race card in his favor. A brilliant man off court, let’s see how brilliant he will be in court.

2. Sal M - January 19, 2009

I agree with Joe Fattal, all this hype about Obama is disgusting, nothing but media hype, nothing but.

He will fail, there is a lot we don’t know about him because the MEDIA does not ask. CNN fills the site with Obama propaganda not seen since Nazi Germany, honestly, I am appalled that he was elected, embarrassed as an American, that the people of this great country fell for the propaganda machine of CNN and the likes.

Shame on CNN, how rude of you to use your machine to polute America.

Obama is a failure, his associations are repelling, and his agenda sinister.

neoavatara - January 19, 2009

I think that is harsh. I agree the media is absurd beyond belief. They might as well bow before him. But that is really not Obama’s fault. The media is filled with fools, what is Obama supposed to do about it? As for failure, I hope not. Again, I am a Republican, but I don’t want him to fail, because the worse he is, the worse out country will be. Will he succeed? God only knows. But I will give him the benefit of the doubt for now.


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