I watched and listened to President Obama tonight. His address was quiet, sincere, heartfelt, and nothing like what W. did back on “Mission Accomplished” day.
I’ve wasted things in my life: money, time, opportunities, other people’s time, but I have never wasted as much money or as many lives as George W. Bush has. The woman Margaret interviewed on the News Hour tonight just made me cry. It reminded me of the one Iraqi student we’ve had in our program at school. Iraq is cursed, she said. Margaret said she hoped the woman was wrong. It was heartbreaking.
The president addressed our nation well and all of the criticism — from both the left and the right — is uncalled for. This president has had to walk a line few others have — perhaps none other has. He’s doing a good job and his poll numbers are coming up — despite the spitefulness of people on both sides.
I still believe in Hope. I still believe in Change. I am also realistic and pragmatic. It will take time. How much time depends on this November. We can go forward — pick up a stronger Democratic majority — or go backwards — return to the frivolous investigations and government shut downs brought about by divided government in the 1990’s. Remember, when Dems took over in 2006, they didn’t shut things down. The Republicans will if they have just a one seat majority.
I was proud of my president tonight — I’ve been proud of him for a long time now. I am hopeful that the economy will start coming back in the next couple of months and that come November, we will see that the hate and anger directed toward him will be recognized for what it is.