Tuesday, August 31, 2010
When it comes to Presidents, I principally care about their policies (and their competence). And on that score, obviously Obama's statism is anathema to me.
Other issues matter less. I don't really care what their personalities are like. If they pursue good policies, then so what if I don't like them. I am not even terribly upset about falsehoods in politics. Both parties do it a good bit, and while some do it more, I would rather a dishonest President with the right policies than a honest one with the wrong ones.
That said, it is worth mentioning how petty a man Obama is. His speech on Iraq provided President Bush with the minimal praise he could get away with -- which was pretty minimal:
As we do, I am mindful that the Iraq War has been a contentious issue at home. Here, too, it is time to turn the page. This afternoon, I spoke to former President George W. Bush. It’s well known that he and I disagreed about the war from its outset. Yet no one could doubt President Bush’s support for our troops, or his love of country and commitment to our security. As I have said, there were patriots who supported this war, and patriots who opposed it. And all of us are united in appreciation for our servicemen and women, and our hope for Iraq’s future.
Pathetic. I don't expect Obama to admit he was wrong about the surge. (And I don't hear any of the MSM asking him to admit his mistake, as they used to ask Bush repeatedly to acknowledge his mistakes.)
But some statement about the surge and its success should have been in order, especially since Obama has employed Bush's general, and his surge policy in Afghanistan.
But no. This small, petty man, cannot bring himself to do it.
I actually think this may hurt him. Sure, his base wouldn't have liked it, but the independents who have left him in droves would have viewed it favorably.
Its funny. I know people who get their news from the New York Times and NPR, and I don't think that they realize this side of Obama. Certainly, no one points it out at these news outlets, so the smallness, the pettiness of Obama escapes them. But I don't think it escapes most people.