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More RESPECT for the President, Please!
Townhall.com ^ | October 26, 2010 | Ken Blackwell

Posted on 10/26/2010 7:40:44 AM PDT by Kaslin

President Barack Obama began his term with the highest of accolades in the press. Hardball host, TV’s Chris Matthews, felt a tingle go up and down his leg whenever Obama speaks. Newsweek’s Evan Thomas said he hovered over the nations, like “a sort of god.” All too soon, however, the President came crashing down, like Icarus in Greek legend. Young Icarus flew too close to the sun and the wax that attached the feathers to his homemade wings melted. Icarus plunged into the sea. President Obama may have gotten too close to those klieg lights.

He senses it himself. “They talk about me like I’m a dog,” he complained recently. Actually, Mr. President, that’s wrong. Americans love their dogs. Just recall the furor that erupted when Lyndon B. Johnson lifted his beagles up by their ears. Americans liked those beagles a lot more than they liked LBJ.

This campaign is bringing out the worst in some of Obama’s critics. I want to say: Enough! Let’s show some more respect for the President of the United States. It’s gone too far when a candidate for governor of one of our famous states publicly tells the president he can take his endorsement and “shove it.”

What’s that you say? Was the president really going to endorse a Republican? Not at all. The candidate who told the commander-in-chief to take his job endorsement and shove it was none other than Frank Caprio, the Democratic candidate for governor of Rhode Island.

It seems the president is campaigning in the Ocean State, but is pointedly not embracing Caprio. Instead, the President’ non-endorsement will be seen as a blessing-in-disguise for former Republican Sen. Lincoln Chafee. Chafee is running for governor as an independent.

Obama continues to have a high approval rating in Rhode Island—if not in the Caprio household. Rhode Island is one of the few states where local candidates are happy to be seen with the embattled President.

How bad is it getting on the campaign trail? Well, local candidates seem happy to bring former President Bill Clinton in to campaign for them. They’d rather have an impeached former President, one who turned the pardon process into a fire sale during his last days in office. Does anyone remember Marc Rich? Clinton gave him a pardon for dealing in oil with Saddam Hussein. Even TIME magazine cited the Marc Rich pardon as one of the ten most scandalous in our history. Yet candidates prefer to hug Bill Clinton on the hustings to being hugged by Barack Obama.

Does anyone remember the White House in 2000? Bill Clinton survived impeachment and decided to throw a last lavish party for the Two Hundredth Anniversary of the President’s House. He invited those famous “Friends of Bill” to the East Room for a ceremony. Some of them had been allowed to rent the Lincoln Bedroom for sleepovers. Let’s hope he didn’t rent it by the hour.

The late Mary McGrory described the scene under the glittering chandelier as hundreds of Bill Clinton’s strongest backers crowded into the sparkling hall. They were there to hear author David McCullough read from his best-selling biography of John Adams. America’s second President was the first to live in the White House.

McCullough’s deep, sonorous voice rang out with the words of Adams’ prayer for the White House. FDR even had it carved into the mantle of the fireplace in the State Dining Room.: “"I pray to heaven to bestow the best of blessings on this house and all that hereafter inhabit it...May none but the honest and wise men ever rule under this roof."

The Washington Post’s McGrory records that when McCullough got to the “wise and honest” part, all of Bill Clinton’s closest friends looked at their shoes.

Yet, apparently, this year’s crop of candidates would rather have the jolly, gregarious Bill Clinton stumping for them than the White House’s current occupant. One thing you have to say for Bill Clinton: He never came off as “holier than Thou.”

Maybe it’s the President’s unfortunate tendency to talk down to the American people. He tends to say they cling to their guns and their religion. He thinks they’re not thinking straight if they oppose his policies. They tend not to be rational when they’re afraid. Barack Obama talks about us as if he wishes he could elect a new people.

I’d like to see more respect for the Office of President. But I have one word of advice for the current occupant: RESPECT: It’s what you have to have in order to get.


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To: Kaslin

Excellent article!


51 posted on 10/26/2010 9:00:53 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Matchett-PI

Bookmark cold civil war


52 posted on 10/26/2010 9:01:14 AM PDT by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality: Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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To: melancholy

53 posted on 10/26/2010 9:02:41 AM PDT by jslade (People who are easily offended, OFFEND ME!)
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To: Kaslin

“President Barack Obama began his term with the highest of accolades in the LIBERAL press.”

People with common sense, however, saw him as the socialist dictator wannabe that he is.


54 posted on 10/26/2010 9:04:40 AM PDT by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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To: Kaslin

It is impossible to respect a man who has no respect for the office he holds. He acts beneath the dignity of the office and he is hardly a statesman. He gets down and dirty in gutter politics when he should be running the country. We have an economy in the toilet, high unemployment and two wars being fought. All he does is campaign, campaign, campaign. Hard to respect a man who doesn’t respect America.


55 posted on 10/26/2010 9:05:27 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: Kaslin

Barack Obama talks about us as if he wishes he could elect a new people.


56 posted on 10/26/2010 9:06:15 AM PDT by Rightly Biased (Do you know how awkward it is to have a political argument with a naked man?)
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To: melancholy
A male what???

Photobucket

57 posted on 10/26/2010 9:07:53 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 643 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: Kaslin
Sorry, but I don't find bowing in subservience to foreign royalty and any way respectable. God, how I yearn for a REAL President!
58 posted on 10/26/2010 9:22:39 AM PDT by Southbound ("A liar in public life is worse than a full-paid-up Communist, and I don't care who he is." - HST)
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To: ohioWfan
Lost me, and all credibility, when the article erroneously referred to Hussein as "President" .

Of course I could be wrong, but since no one has seen any valid birth documents, I doubt it.

59 posted on 10/26/2010 9:38:32 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (Psalm 109:8 Let his days be few and let another take his office. - Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin)
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To: jslade

LOL!


60 posted on 10/26/2010 10:03:11 AM PDT by melancholy (It ain't Camelot, it's Scam-a-lot!)
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To: null and void
A male what???

Judging by the clothes, he’s disguised as a male!

He's an ape with elephant dung on the shoulder who hides behind his wifey (beard.)

0h0m0 acts fully as he appears in these pictures when he goes to the WH gym. I'm sure you know who's waiting in the wings!

61 posted on 10/26/2010 10:15:31 AM PDT by melancholy (It ain't Camelot, it's Scam-a-lot!)
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To: Kaslin

It was a letter to the editor. I love this guy.


62 posted on 10/26/2010 10:29:24 AM PDT by Madame Dufarge
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To: workerbee

I agree, he’s not my president


63 posted on 10/26/2010 10:32:34 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: null and void

Bwahahahahaha that second picture is excellent


64 posted on 10/26/2010 10:39:28 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin
Of all the Presidents,This one is least deserving of respect.Afterall he is disrespectful toward the American people.
65 posted on 10/26/2010 10:49:34 AM PDT by puppypusher (The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: Kaslin; Roscoe Karns

Yeah, Roscoe Karns did a great job on that didn’t he?


66 posted on 10/26/2010 12:01:50 PM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 643 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: Kaslin
Geee.

He looked pretty even to me, I mean, I didn't even know he was specked.

Now he has to be re-specked?

I wonder how much that will cost?


/s, as if...

67 posted on 10/26/2010 12:27:32 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: The Sons of Liberty
Kidding, right?? Do you know anything about Ken Blackwell??

(Obviously not enough......)

68 posted on 10/26/2010 3:48:13 PM PDT by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star recipient!)
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To: null and void
Wow, those photos are funny.

And scary at the same time.

Who IS this wuss, anyway? I don't know any male who looks like that! LOL!

69 posted on 10/26/2010 3:52:28 PM PDT by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star recipient!)
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To: ohioWfan

Wellllllll.....

If he was born a hermaphrodite that would be a pretty good reason to hide his birth certificate, wouldn’t it?


70 posted on 10/26/2010 3:54:28 PM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 643 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: null and void
Now there's an angle I hadn't considered.

Illegitimate, foreign born, yes, but hermaphrodite, no.

The photos seem to be telling the tale, no? ;)

71 posted on 10/26/2010 3:58:38 PM PDT by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star recipient!)
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To: ohioWfan

He’s not one of us...


72 posted on 10/26/2010 4:06:21 PM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 643 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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