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George Washington was our first president. He was also known as the boy who, when asked by his father who cut down the treasured cherry tree, replied, “Father, I cannot tell a lie. I did it.”
That story apocryphal or not, George Washington became the example, the standard of leadership, integrity and moral courage. For over 200 years, parents told their kids: “If you’re honest and work hard and determine to be your very best, you might someday be president – like George Washington.”
Abraham Lincoln was”Honest Abe,” the Great Emancipator, the president who abolished slavery. He ended the Civil War and kept our nation together.
Our kids used to recite his Gettysburg Address from memory.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected four times, led America out of a depression and through World War II – and inspired us with statements like “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.”
Harry Truman was the scrappy “common man” who became president when Roosevelt died in office, who made the tough decisions including dropping the atomic bomb to end the war, and who kept the plaque on his desk in the Oval Office, “The buck stops here.” And with him, it did. He took responsibility and discharged it courageously.
Dwight Eisenhower was a general, head of Allied forces in Europe, president of Columbia University and the United States … and along with Congress added the two words “Under God” to our Pledge of Allegiance.
Ronald Reagan re-awakened pride in America, challenged the “Evil Empire” and brought about the collapse of the Soviet Union. He was “the Great Communicator,” who personally exemplified the character and strength of our people.
These men, and many others, rose to the immense challenge of the presidency. As they lived through the pressures and temptations common to mortal man, they kept the will of the people paramount and the highest aspirations of mankind uppermost in their decisions. They were each true role models for the young people watching and emulating them.
The kind of person you’d want your kids to be, president or not.
In this election year, it’s only right that we examine the current president to measure him against the role models of our historic past. What kind of example has he been to our young?
Barack Hussein Obama is our first black president, a fact that was exciting and historic; it says a great deal about the growth of multicultural acceptance in America. He promised to “unite America” and to provide the most “transparent” administration in our history.
But unable or unwilling to truly negotiate and work with Republicans in Congress, he chose to politically segregate the country into potential voting groups and to quite obviously court each group separately with executive decisions, excessive grants, lavish promises and personal identification with each one.
In so doing, he has become a patchwork president.
As he identified with each voting bloc, he said, in effect or literally, “I am your president.”
Newsweek proclaimed him “the first gay president.” In his first executive order in the White House he authorized $250 million to Planned Parenthood worldwide, becoming “the abortion president.”
His thoughts on the subject of marriage “evolved,” from a conviction that marriage was a covenant between one man and one woman to complete acceptance and endorsement of same-sex marriage. As commander in chief, he personally pressured the military to abolish the established “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy and accept open homosexual relationships among the troops. Imagine Eisenhower’s or even Jefferson’s reaction to that.
He has admitted that he smoked pot “heavily” in his younger days, and a recent “leak” from the White House revealed his plan to legalize pot in his next term, obviously aimed at young voters. For millions of our young, Obama is “the pot president.”
In granting virtual amnesty to children of illegal-alien parents, specifically those in the U.S. age 16 to 24, he becomes our “illegal-alien president.” And though he swore to uphold the Constitution and defend our borders, he not only has made only token efforts to do that, but he has opposed several states’ efforts to do it themselves and ordered his “Justice” Department to avoid acting against any known illegals who aren’t already wanted for other criminality. This, of course, to court the large Hispanic vote and makes him our “anti-security president.”
Though he promised “unprecedented transparency,” he has famously spent millions to keep his own early school, travel and passport records forever hidden from the citizens who elected him. Even the supposed “birth certificate” he presented has been proven by experts to be a photoshopped fraud, which in court would be ruled a crime worthy of impeachment. He just exercised “executive privilege” ordering his attorney general, Eric Holder, not to obey the congressional demand for thousands of documents related to the Fast and Furious plot, which gave hundreds of weapons to Mexican drug dealers and resulted in the death of a young U.S. Border Patrol agent. In many other ways, instead of being “transparent” he has become “the secretive president.”
There are actually too many tags and associations, with which history will always label this man, to be detailed here (most know them already), but here is a partial image. Picture him approaching in his jaunty, confident gait, with “membership buttons” and labels displayed on his lapels and across his chest:
“The gay president,” “the abortion president,” “the same-sex marriage president,” “the homosexual-military president,” “the pot president,” “the illegal-alien president,” “the anti-security president,” “the secretive president,” “the $16 trillion dollar debt president,” “the Obamacare takeover president,” “the ACORN corruption president,” “the anti-Israel pro-Arab president,” “the anti-Catholic president,” “the Ground Zero mosque president,” “the White House Ramadan president,” “the U.N. gun-control president,” “the pro-Hamas president” and the recently revealed “damn flag president” (nodding agreement with Michelle’s murmured but lip-read statement).
My question: Comparing Barack Obama to all the above-mentioned presidents and what they stood for and asking ourselves if we can encourage our kids and grandkids to “be like him when you grow up” – should we Americans give him another four years to “fundamentally transform” the United States of America and the presidency itself?