Like many people that were affected by 9/11 today was a day that we have been looking forward to for almost 10 years. While I didn’t lose anybody 9/11, I was directly affected because I worked for Comair Airlines and was at the Cincinnati Airport when it happened. I remember watching planes land a park anywhere there was an open gate at the airport, it didn’t matter what airline it was. I can recall the airport being evacuated and bomb stiffing dogs going throughout the airport. The once the American skies reopened I wondered how many people would fly again and if I would be laid off again just like I was when the Comair pilots went on strike
The events changed the way America looked at the world. For the first time, many Americans felt vulnerable to terrorism within the United States. Much like we associated Stalin with communism and Hitler with the Holocaust, the face of terrorism was Osama Bin Laden. Until the towers came down I don’t think the average American, or those within our own government understood what we were up against.
Enough of rehashing the past, we all know the story, and that isn’t the point of the blog. May 1, 2011 should go down as a day of celebration, and reflection, much like Memorial Day. We celebrate the death of an evil and vile man. We also should take time to reflect and give thanks to the men and women that served our country and worked hard over the last ten plus years to kill this man.
We must also give thanks to President Bush. His leadership and his willingness to the fight terrorism relentlessly, and unapologetically, helped us get to the point that we had the ability to kill Bin Laden. Finally President Obama must be given his due. No matter your political leaning, President Obama did something that Bill Clinton refused to do before 9/11 and that was he was will to put his neck on the line when he had solid intelligence as to where Bin Laden.
President Obama had the courage to send troops into Pakistan, which was extremely risky given the current state of relations and the chance of the mission being a failure. The President should be commended for taking such action, and authorizing this military mission. Of course though our President and the rest of the country owes and debt of gratitude to those that were directly involved in executing this mission with such precision and professionalism.
May 1, 2011 will not be the day that ended terrorism unfortunately. There are still plenty out there that want to destroy America because of their intolerant and radical views. What this date symbolizes, is that America has the resolved, the will, and the resources to destroy those that seek to destroy us. Throughout our history, whether it was England during the Revolutionary War, Japan during World War II, Russia during the Cold War or Al Qaida during the war on terror, there has been one theme throughout American History. You make knock us down, but by the grace of God, America will get back up dust ourselves off and we will unleash the entire force of the American military to hunt you down and if need be kill you.
Well Barack Obama has sealed the deal and named Senator Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. So much for change!!! Why does Obama keep on nominating former Clinton staff members and now a Clinton to positions in government? I thought he had something new to bring to Washington. He is recycling the same old garbage that we already have had. If there is anything that we can learn from the Clinton years, it is that he was weak on many things including in foreign affairs which after what happened in Mumbia, India should wake us up to the real dangers we face and who we have in key places when it comes to National Security.
Before all of you hard core kool-aid drinking liberals go ballistic about what I just said keep in mind the debacle in Somalia,( Think the movie Blackhawk down for those of you that lack knowledge of history unless Hollywood gives it to you). Or how about all of the attacks on U.S. interest abroad without a response during the Clinton years. Now we get more of the same Clinton policies for at least another four years. O what fun, I love this kind of change, even if you are a Democrat you have to scratch your head and wonder how is this any different than what Hillary would have done. (Well one thing would be different Obama would still be a Senator because Hillary would never had appointed him to any post.) It kinda reminds me of the movie Back to the Future, except the Obama doesn’t realize you can’t really go back to the past and change people.Does that mean that Hillary is going to be the same way she has always been and put her career before her Country , I don’t know, but in this day and age can we afford to wonder?
Whatever happened to new ideas, new vision, and new leadership? I guess that was just another stump speech with no meaning. Here is what I think happened way back in late May and June and the more I watch the more I believe its true. Hillary made a deal with Obama that she would drop her bid for the nomination if she could have control of his nominations and become Secretary of State. Kinda reminds you of the deal our buddy Putin has in Russia?
Now before you guys all say that I am crazy look at what is happening. Do you see any changes in Washington as far what Democrats are being nominated for leadership posts. Not one is a new up and coming Democrat. Most are former Clinton Staff members or senior Senators. Even Joe Biden you could argue was not a person that you would expect Obama to pick. Ted Strickland from Ohio or Bill Richardson from New Mexico would have been a better choice. But to be fair thank God, literally, that Biden isn’t Secretary of State, he would have made Madeline Albright look like a genius at that post.
Obama picks have been nothing more than a rehash of the Clinton Administration. Know for those of you that were hoping for change, I guess it was just from Republican to Democrat because other than that it is going to be business as usual in Washington. Hopefully that will be enough to break the stalemate of the Washington and is constant political grandstanding. I doubt it, Obama is not bringing anything new to the table. He just can communicate very well. He appears to be the rich mans version of Jimmy Carter.
Deals are done all the time in politics. Is there proof that this is another one of those deals? I don’t have any, but it sure appears that something is going on. Their is no doubt that Obama needed a lot of political help to get where he is today, and for him to be able to have Hillary give up what many will say was something she was working for since the day Bill left office if not before means that something had to have happened and deals had to have been made.
So much for change in Washington. Looks like the next four years are going to look a lot like the last eight. A whole lot of talk by the President, a whole lot of nothing from Congress, and a whole of BS from the liberal media about how great Obama and the Democrats are, well that part won’t be the same, President Bush could have turned into a liberal and the media would still be out to get him.
Well Merry Christmas Senator Clinton, you may have made out better than most will give you credit for. Can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeve next.
There is no doubt the election of Barack Obama as President is one of thee most historic elections of all time. But truthfully this election was not about Obama or McCain this election was for many Americans about making the Republicans and President Bush pay for the last eight years.
The American people have had enough of politics as usual. And I would have to say that Barack made a convincing argument that he will change the way the game is played in Washington. The question is, does he have the backbone and fortitude to do it. To be honest I doubt it, his lack of experience in Washington and in politics in general I feel will allow many people to take advantage of him especially early on in his administration. I fear he is going to owe too many people outside and inside the beltway for his dramatic rise to the top and that he will be forced to promote the agenda’s of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid and special interest groups, and we will see business as usual in Washington. I hope the Obama supporters hold him as accountable for his actions as President good or bad as they did for President Bush.
The fact of the matter is that with President Bush’s dismal approval rating that the Democrats should have won this election by a landslide in the popular vote as well as the Electoral College, but that wasn’t the case. The reason I believe this is that while the country wanted change they are not completely sold on what Barack is selling. They are unsure if he is going to be the radical liberal that his record suggests or is if he is going to be the moderate that he promoted.
John McCain was flat out the wrong candidate for this race. He was basically what Bob Dole was in 1996, the difference is that if the Republicans actually would have ran better candidate then they likely would have won. John McCain would have been better suited to be the VP candidate for Mitt Romney or Mike Huckabee. The Republicans in all aspects of the campaign failed. They failed in campaign management, they failed to articulate a clear message, and they failed to motivate the conservative base that reelected President Bush in 2004.
This election is by no means a mandate of the liberal agenda. Even with the liberal bias in the media this election was far from a landslide. This election was about rejecting the Republicans pandering to the middle left. The majority of Americas want smaller government, they want lower taxes, and they want a strong military. The fact is that the Republicans of 2008 are not the Republicans of 1994 and they have paid a price for it. In the next four years I hope that Barack Obama leads this country in a way that makes us stronger at home and abroad. President-elect Obama will either be the next John F. Kennedy or the next Jimmy Carter. Lets hope for the sake of all Americans it’s the more like Kennedy that Carter.