Message to Obama – Words Don’t Count, Actions Do
Posted by Nancy on January 21, 2009
As his first official action after being sworn in, President Barack Obama signed three documents Tuesday, including a proclamation declaring a day of national renewal and reconciliation.
Why do I suspect it is conservatives who are supposed to reconcile themselves to him, rather than that he also needs to respect the opinions of others? Those who believe the Founding Fathers were inspired when they created our Constitution and our country need more than “just words” from him.
Words are nice, and proclamations can be very attractive once framed, but actions are what counts. Calling for reconciliation while making no effort to address the boorish behavior of supporters shows that he brings empty rhetoric.
How much booing and jeering “nah nah nah nah, hey hey, bye bye” would the massive security forces in attendance have tolerated had it been aimed at Obama? Common decency and courtesy are beyond those who did this, for no matter what their beliefs George W. Bush has been their president for eight years and deserves respect.
When I was a kid one of the worst things someone could say to you was “Your mama would be ashamed of what you just did.” Somehow, I suspect their mamas were proud, booing right along with them. Is this what our society has come to?
This behavior reflected poorly on Obama, not Bush, because it was he who had shown by example that rude and dismissive behavior is acceptable. Remember the incident where he gave Hillary “the finger” on camera during a speech and smirked as the audience laughed? He leads, they follow.
He has also shown us, with willing complicity from the media, that facts are fungible. Inconvenient ones disappear and are replaced by others created out of thin air. His official presidential website now brags about how he immediately came to the aid of Hurricane Katrina survivors while the Bush administration was unprepared and left behind broken promises. No words are wasted on truthful nuances, no efforts at identifying rightful responsibility, just promises of largesse under Obama.
Meanwhile his supporters have left behind Hurricane Latrina. They couldn’t even bother to clean up after themselves. But why should they? Everything is now the government’s responsibility, and the government has plenty of money to waste use creating jobs picking up trash.
Here is a view of The Mall in yesterday’s aftermath.
I will pray for Obama’s success, that he have the wisdom to make appropriate choices and the strength to follow through on those choices. I will pray that he be able to stand up to those who believe they own him and the Democratic party and expect favors in return for their massive financial contributions. I will especially pray that we are still a free capitalist society at the end of his term in office.
God help us all. Please.