I'm the token Republican at BWC. I suspect my presence here is welcome due to some obscure Federal blogging regulation that ensures equal time. I was a mere teen when Ronald Reagan still possesses those rock star qualities. That was before he "couldn't precisely recollect."
I cheered for McCain with enthusiasm this past election until the final few months. I thought I was backing McCain, circa 2001-- the man who was willing to stand up to the Pat Roberston's and the Dobson's of the world. Imagine my horror as I watched this desperate man's erratic behavior. He called the debate off, then on, in a wild PR stunt. He added the culture warrior, Palin, to the ticket and tried to pass her off as as reformer.
But that's all off topic.
I want to thank President Obama for the accountable manner in which he addressed the Dashle debacle. Both the Clinton and the Bush administrations possessed a weasel nature when it came to accepting fault. "Mistakes were made" was the closest thing to an admission of guilt for as long as I remember.
President Obama, on the other hand, owned the error. "I screwed up. I'm frustrated at myself and I'm frustrated at my team."
I could have reached into my newspaper and hugged the man. I do not see eye to eye with all of his policies. However, I see a man with deep integrity. I see a leader. We're only a few weeks into his administration and it would be foolish to project anything about his tenure. But darn-it, yesterday I was proud to have Obama at the helm.