Obama himself once said to Diane Sawyer: "I'd rather be a really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president." He now has the chance to deliver on that idea.
The tone of the article is to redeem his presidency and reconcile the nation to heal its ills by limiting its exposure to the cause of harm; in this case, his poor judgement. Yet all of his tone, demeanor and action to date has suggested that this would be hugely out of character. He has done several things that make him memorable, yet acquiescing to reason and decency would not likely be one of them. To name a few:
- Garnering a Nobel Prize for nothing accomplished.
- Receiving the majority of votes for the Presidency based, again, on nothing that he did. It was his parents' doing that gave him the genes of a black man, which beyond his control, made him the first black president.
- He managed to get elected to the Presidency without ever having to prove his eligibility to do so.
- He managed to obscure everything of any consequence in his past, attributed to his name.
- He managed to use two different names, two different nationalities and citizenships and passports, without ever having to prove which one was currently active when he entered the White House.
- Likely, the first to cup his groin rather than put his hand over his heart, like everyone around him, when singing the National Anthem.
- The first president to be given an American flag lapel pin by a US combat soldier because, up to that point, even as their Commander in Chief, he didn't want to wear one.
- The first president to humiliate the office by bowing to foreign heads of state; discriminatorily, though, as he failed to do so when he met the Queen of England, to whom he was also a first in returning a gift, yet one of our closest allies and, curiously, the only white monarch encountered in his travels.
- The first President to snub the Veterans at their traditional gala to celebrate a new president.
- Of all the Senators, he is the only one who repeatedly, in four separate votes, decided that if an infant miraculously survived the murderous attempts of an abortionist, as condoned by the child's mother, to end its nascent life, that it would be wrong for hospital staff to attempt to help the little victim live beyond the miracle of its birth; a birth, despite the hostility of the doctor and parent.
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