What a Week

Excerpts from a story on The Hill sum up my feelings very well : ( this was the week of the Helsinki Summit / no need to go in to details )

A conservative columnist for The Washington Post on Friday wrote that the current political climate makes him miss former President Obama, saying he would take the Democrat back in a “nanosecond.”

Max Boot was a foreign policy adviser in both of the Republican presidential campaigns against Obama in 2008 and 2012.

Despite his criticisms of the former commander in chief, Boot wrote that Obama’s presidency now “appears to be a lost golden age when reason and morality reigned.”

Boot wrote that he gained a “new perspective” on the Obama administration after watching him deliver a speech in South Africa on the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth.

“I was moved nearly to tears by his eloquent defense of a liberal world order that President Trump appears bent on destroying,” Book wrote.

Obama appeared to offer wide-ranging criticism of Trump in the Tuesday speech, saying “those in power seek to undermine every institution or norm that gives democracy meaning.”

Boot said Obama’s speech was not full of self-praise or name-calling like many from Trump.

“Obama has a far better claim than Trump to being a ‘very stable genius,’ but he didn’t call himself one,” Boot wrote. “The sentences were complete and sonorous — and probably written by the speaker himself.”

“Imagine Trump writing anything longer than a tweet — and even those are full of mistakes,” he added.

Obama’s White House was also not full of the scandals seen in the current administration, Boot pointed out.

“Can you believe that an Obama-era scandal was that the president wore a tan suit or put his feet up on the desk?” Boot asked.

Yours truly dug up a photo of one of the many times Obama put his feet up but then again I think he worked a lot at his job and probably needed to :) 

Back to Max Boot :  He pointed to a September 2013 headline from The Washington Times that read “Obama’s foot on Oval Office desk sends shockwaves around the world.”

“Oh, to have those days back again — before we had a president who was involved in indecent relationships with a Russian despot and (allegedly) a porn star,” Boot wrote.

“He reminds me that just 18 months ago — can you believe it was so recently? — we had a president with whom I could disagree without ever doubting his fitness to lead. We can have one again,” wrote Boot, who, like fellow conservatives George Will and Joe Scarborough, left the Republican Party over Trump.

I would like to point out that personally over the years I have never voted straight line DEM or GOP / the lines were blurred in the past and you chose the person or character that you respected the most. It’s all different now :(  The GOP seems to have been taken over somehow :(   

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17 Responses to What a Week

  1. Karen says:

    I have never voted on party lines and always voted for the person I liked/respected/agreed with the most. yes to have Obama back – the US was respected then even if all didn’t like him – they could not hate him like this current guy (I can’t even call him my president I am always so ashamed of him)

  2. Deb says:

    Oh, to have a leader of the country who can speak eloquently and with knowledge. I really miss those days……

  3. Total agreement with your post and comments…I truly cringe everytime I hear his voice. Never one for speaking out about my political standings, but that is changing rapidly…

  4. Total agreement with your post and comments…I truly cringe everytime I hear his voice. Never one for speaking out about my political standings, but that is changing rapidly…

  5. Margie Miller says:

    I cringe every time Trump opens his mouth. He is so brainless.

  6. Eileen Wise says:

    Hello, I would give anything to have Obama back. I am worried somehow our next election will be hacked and we will end up with another 4 years of the GOP. They seem to be complicit. Something is going on with all of them, I hope their secrets come out soon. They are receiving money from Russian oligarchs. I hope you have a great day and weekend.

  7. I have loved the wonderful scholars/orators that most of your presidents have been-the writings of the Roosevelts come to mind. Such vision for your country and the world. For the first time in my life, I not only feel disbelief, but feel afraid of what might next be coming.

  8. mary says:

    I don’t even know where to begin. I dread seeing the news or a notification on my phone every day! I have been a registered Democrat all my life but do not vote a straight party line. I base my decisions on facts. I fear for my country in these times. We do not have a leader and the Republicans in Congress appear to be in cahoots with this con artist and his group of incompetents. I heard this morning on the news that Microsoft detected 3 hackings of this year’s election campaigns. It’s already started. I pray daily for our country. Thanks Debra for speaking out! mary

  9. Bernie says:

    As with the other commenters, this is a scary and horrific time — I have never felt embarrassed about our country but I do lately. So sad.

  10. I agree completely! I am ashamed to be a citizen of the United States.

  11. maxine lesline says:

    Trump is not the greatest villain here…tho he is a stupd vain glorious liar. Republicans in Congress hold the power to get rid of him…and will not.

  12. It is indeed a very scary world. I saw that article by Max Boot. I find myself more anxious every day because each day seems to take us more into a bad direction. The news is so depressing, but I find if I don’t watch it I fear what will have happened that affects us. And they aren’t minor concerns.
    Brenda

  13. Chris K in Wisconsin says:

    Disgrace. I cannot watch him even open his mouth. I can’t watch the news. I feel so lost and I know my BP is in the scary regions. Where are our alleged “checks & balances” and why don’t they work? I remember how scandalized the repubs were when Michele Obama, leaving on a family vacation, wore shorts. I thought they were going to lose their minds. How come their heads didn’t explode when their first lady wore a coat stating she just doesn’t care (in relation to tiny children in “camps”). I have called our representatives, written letters, will certainly vote against all of them, but right now I just simply feel embarrassment and disgrace.

  14. Joyce says:

    I read Boot’s opinion piece too and every word could have been my own. Remember how openly affectionate the Obamas were with each other? And so devoted to their beautiful daughters? Poor Melania. The only times I ever see her laugh or genuinely smile is when she’s away from “him.” (One time, ironically, was at Barbara Bush’s funeral, sitting with the Obamas) Kind of bothers me that he won’t take his son out to play golf either. Baron must not be able to stand him. These things may seem small, but they describe the character of a man.

  15. Margie Miller says:

    He really has no character. He’s a buffoon!

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