“President Bush was not holding back (Demi)Moore from “free[ing] one million people from slavery in the next five years.” Nor was he holding back the Obama-biquitous Will.I.Am from “chang[ing] how [he] live[s].” Ditto: Aaron Ekhart (“To be a better person,”) Marisa Tomei (“To integrate into my heart what I already know in my head which is that we are all in this together,”) Kutcher (“To the abolition to 21st century slavery,”) Anthony Kiedis (“To be of service to Barack Obama,”) P. Diddy (” pledge to turn the lights off, cause I used to leave the lights on but we want to conserve energy so I’ma turn the lights off, you turn the lights off,) and all-in-unison (“Because together we can, together we are, and together we will be the change that we seek.”)”
We haven’t heard such group think since Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie told us that “We Are The World, We Are The Children”, the famous production miracle where the celebrity cult was told to “check their egos at the door” (but keep the real one in your pocket).
As Wednesday January 21st, 2009 dawns a very familiar day will begin for millions of Americans that know better than to blame their circumstances on George W. Bush (in fact, millions of Americans will be grateful for his service).
For others, the first day of the Obama administration will include the expected calls for the prosecution of Bush administration officials, calls for the closure of Guantánamo Bay and the demands of the usual suspects. However, disappointment may reign supreme as the left wing fringe attempts to cash the checks issued to it by the Obama Hope Machine. Dreams of Cheney in the hoosegow will be dashed by the reality of international terror threats that have only recently begun to consume the attention of The One.
It is reasonable to ask in all of this transfer of power dynamic if we will actually see any change in US foreign policy. I can’t help but recall President Bush’s comment that, while the nation got on with its own affairs and priorities after 9/11, he never did. His fate would be the politically costly and legacy threatening responsibility of ever present vigil, the sheep dog that was never quiet or satisfied in spite of what we thought we knew.
President Obama inherits a legacy that is truly staggering in its call on his abilities: will he keep our country safe from attack in his term? Clearly, his predecessor, Mr. Bush, made choices to ensure the safety of our country, choices that have brought opprobrium and ridicule from his detractors. But nonetheless, we have remained safe from attack since that day.
President Obama is offered the same choices on his first day of office and we must wonder if he truly understands and appreciates the banquet of consequences he has chosen to attend. While the nuts on the left busy themselves with their own navel gazing and prosecutorial fantasies a very serious threat looms for this untested one term Senator from Illinois.