In Defense of the President

Last night there was a discussion on TV about the war in Afghanistan. Several participants were quite upset that President Obama was the only Commander-in Chief to commit American soldiers into a war zone and announce at the same time when their withdrawal would commence. I feel the President should be defended on this and the best way to do so is to look at his record.

One of the first acts Obama took as President was to sign an order to close the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility. The order decreed that the facility would be closed by January 22, 2010.
See, that didn’t happen.

Later that same year the President kept repeating that a major reason to pass his Stimulus Bill was that there were “shovel ready” projects ready to begin work on immediately. This simple catch phrase helped him garner the support of many Americans who really didn’t understand the Stimulus but could relate to a project ready to go. But just last week the President admitted there were “no such thing as shovel ready projects”. Another reason not to be too concerned.

And everybody knows that then candidate Obama campaigned for months that under his administration there would be no new tax increases for those making under $250,000. He has repeated that same mantra as President. Along the same line when the President was campaigning for his healthcare plan he told us it would save us citizens money and would not require any tax increases. Here in Virginia our Attorney General took the Obama administration to Federal Court over the Healthcare Law and guess what the government’s defense is ? “The law should be upheld because the penalty for not buying insurance falls under the power of Congress to levy taxes“.
See, there are lots of examples–we need not worry.

I know you remember candidate Obama pledging he would not appoint lobbyists to important positions. He has appointed over 50, including Eric Holder as Attornet General, Tom Vilseck as Secretary of Agriculture, William Lynn as Deputy Defense Secretary, etc. etc. Just another example why we should not concern ourselves with the President’s announcing a date to begin withdrawals of troops from Afghanistan. And oh, I just remembered candidate Obama pledged full transparency on all bills sent to him–they would be posted on the internet and he would wait 5 days before signing. Not. Some of you may have other reasons to share on why we shouln’t be too concerned on the troop removal issue.

I could go on but I feel I have defended the President enough to allay fears anyone may have on the President actually beginning to remove troops on the date announced from Afghanistan. Even though I generally disagree with the President on policy I felt the need to take up for him on this one issue.