4.2.09

Notes from the BWC Token Republican

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.

9 comments:

  1. I like thinking about how it would've gone during the last 20 years of "President Never Admits Anything Wrong":

    Anderson Cooper: So, despite Daschle and Killefer's failure to pay their taxes, you believe they should still hold cabinet positions in your staff?

    President Obama:
    Yes. We proceeded with the course of action we saw fit with the information we had.

    Cooper: Are you sorry for any of this?

    Obama:
    Well, I'm sorry you're sorry about it.

    Cooper: But how can you be sorry for how I feel? Those are my feelings.

    Obama:
    I'm sorry you feel that way. We'll let history be the judge. 40 years from now. I did not have sexual relations with either Daschle or Killefer, by the way.

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  2. Good point.

    Obama will fall short of being the change he so fervently asked his supporters to believe in, but at the very least he should definitely be commended for admitting, unlike Presidents Bush and Clinton before him, that he screwed up.

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  3. He doesn't need to be commended for anything yet. He's made terrible choices during this transition. It's sad when we get all excited about a politician admitting he was wrong.

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  4. well, to be fair, that's not his fault...we're so used to having Presidents never own up to doing anything wrong.

    And, honestly, it's not really HIS mistake. He paid his taxes (hopefully).

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  5. Larry,
    I couldn't agree with you more. I wanted to reach through the screen and hug the man that wanted to reach through the paper and hug the man that said, "I screwed up!"

    How refreshing is that?!?

    Allison, it IS pretty sad when we get excited for the President to admit he was wrong, but the fact is that we have had far too little of it for quite a long time now.

    The future remains to be seen, but if he carries this honesty forward it's a huge step in the right direction.

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  6. Allison,

    I've sat through 16 years of uninterrupted unaccountability, so forgive my indulgence.

    Barack is guilty of not properly vetting his candidates. And he's owned that mistake.

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  7. I still disagree. He only owned it when he had to. He slipped Geithner by, but the Republicans weren't going to let him get away with Daschle as well. So he backed up and now he gets to look good for it? PLease.

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  8. Oh, allison...I applaud your criticism, even if Daschle is no longer the appointee. I only wish you'd looked at the Bush administration with such a critical eye.

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  9. Allison,

    You are presupposing that Barack trying to slip one past us. While that's certainly one of the choices, you or I don't know that.

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