cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
The President has made his style of governance quite clear by now. He fully expects that he will get everything he wants and that this will happen on his timeframe…with no exceptions even being considered. He is not going to morph into a ‘great statesman’ because that just doesn’t seem to be in his make-up. This could be the single greatest limitation to what history might’ve seen from President Obama.
He is an orator who can hold our attention with the ebb and flow of his words. He can make speeches like few others who inhabit Washington today or who have inhabited it before…with the exception of Ronald Reagan in my opinion. Certainly there is not a Bush who can equal this rhetorical mastery, unless that Bush is yet to emerge on the national scene.
He seems, however, to have some kind of a problem with meeting people half-way, with being gracious in victory as well as in defeat, if ever he will have a defeat. His recent mocking speech aimed at Republicans was nothing short of amazing in that it came from the leader of the free world; it came from the person whom we expect will be above that kind of thing, who will be, well, Presidential.
Is this how he treats everyone with whom he might have a disagreement? Is this how our foreign policy is being seen by our neighbors around the world? Is this really who and what President Obama is at his core? Is he really as aloof and condescending as he would have us believe by his actions?
We have been given views of his goals for our country during his two terms. His re-election has done nothing but reaffirm to him that we are all on board for the vision. True, there was that pesky minority of nearly half the voters who might’ve felt differently, but he is about to be sworn in for his second term and he is going to make it all happen.
The next four years promise to be something to behold. For some, it will be the fulfillment of promises made with which they were 100% in accord becoming reality. For others, it will be like chalk squeaking on the blackboard (to show my age once again), as the changes made to this country begin to take effect. There may well be a time beyond which some of his goals once implemented will be impossible to be modified or removed by a future President. We have but to look into the inner workings of ObamaCare to see how crafty was its construction and how completely dominating it will be once fully installed. We need to be readying ourselves for more of the same.
If this is what we want from this President’s two terms, then we will be ecstatic.
If this is anathema to us, we’d better get used to it because it will be implemented if this President has his way…and he is well on his way to having his way.