Is there a learning curve when you're President? I'm sure there is. Did everything he touched turn to gold in his first two years? No siree. Did he push too hard on changing the way medical services are delivered in this country? Maybe--and maybe at the expense of the problems of the economy. Did he get shellacked in November? You bet he did.
Is the national debt really the curse people say it is? Yes, but the problem isn't just his, it's ours too; we didn't get where we are in the just the last two years.
Is he a socialist? Don't be silly. Is he a commie? Are you nuts? Was he born here? According to Hawaii's new governor, of course he was; the man even claims to have been around when that birth happened, even knew Obama's parents.
He's sincere, thoughtful, and very bright. If the Lame Duck means anything at all, he's willing to compromise, more than willing to take on his own base if and when he thinks it's required. He understands--better than most on both ends of the political spectrum--that politics is about governing and governing is about compromise.
Yesterday, the President and First Lady visited a marine base in Hawaii. Was it a photo op? Sure, but check out these pictures--they're wonderful and warm. Can you imagine Nancy Reagan ever, ever hugging ordinary people the way Michelle does?
When I think of the opposition--Palin, Pawlenty, Newt, Huckabee, Romney, Haley Barbour, not to mention the man who's changed his political clothes almost pathologically ever since losing in '08, the ever-fuming McCain--I'm still glad I voted the way I did.
I'm quite sure--I live in the most rigidly Republican county in the nation, after all--that the Lord almighty fields millions of passionate prayers for Obama's collapse and demise, millions of requests for a good Christian man or woman to take over the office.
So this morning, let me just register my side in the onslaught. This morning's thanks are for this President, his wife, and his wonderful family.