Most of those on the right are showing appropriate respect to President-Elect Obama. President Bush’s congratulations was lovely and McCain’s concession speech was incredibly gracious and generous. Fox News showed a report with Josh Bolton saying the Bush administration has been in touch with both campaigns for several months and that the White House has already approved around 100 names for security clearance so that the Obama team can hit the ground running and the first security briefing will be done this week.
Compare that to the nightmare the Bush administration faced when the Clinton administration would not allow any transition activity to occur until after the recount was completed. One report I saw also reminded me about the poorly planned Clinton transition in 1992 which resulted in many personnel problems and a very rocky start. Agree with his policies or not, President Bush consistently puts this country’s interests first and it appears he is doing that yet again by bending over backward to make sure the transition is smooth. That is good for the country — for Democrats and Republicans.
I am really proud of most of those on the right in their response to the election, too. Even many of those who opposed Obama the most vehemently appear to be genuinely interested in seeing him succeed for the good of the country. I don’t see any who show a desire to treat President Obama as those on the left treated President Bush for the past eight years. That says a lot for conservatives. I fully expected more on the right to want to reciprocate in kind. It is possible to disagree, even vigorously, without wishing for assassination as some did of President Bush and VP Cheney, and without calling the President a chimp, or Hitler. It is possible to point out serious problems with the policies and judgment of a political opponent without descending into wild-eyed moonbat mode as some on the left did when they questioned the “maternity” of Sarah Palin’s child Trig and when some even said the child would have been better off aborted. I hope that by getting their preferred candidate elected that vicious, disgusting behavior will end.
Hopefully those on the left will follow the lead of President Bush who is extending a warm reception to the president-elect and his family. It appears the Obama administration will not be greeted with “O”-less keyboards when they enter the West Wing.
Update: Glad I specified “most” of those on the right. Some already want to impeach Obama? Puh-leeze. The man is not even President yet and he may actually have learned from Clinton that you can’t go to the extreme left right off the bat. Rahm Emanuel is not a good indication of bipartisanship, but Obama still has plenty of opportunities to reach across the aisle and I sincerely hope he will.