On this Presidents’ Day: A stark contrast

Obama spent Sunday golfing with Tiger Woods

Today, Feb. 18, Presidents’ Day, Barack Obama writes in the local newspaper about the need to create jobs and open manufacturing hubs, immigration reform and affordable higher education, the need to reduce the deficit and raise taxes on the rich, and:

“Finally, while all these steps are important, our first priority must be to protect our children and our communities from harm. Overwhelming majorities of Americans — Americans who believe in the Second Amendment — have come together around common-sense proposals like background checks that will make it harder for criminals to get their hands on a gun. And these proposals deserve a vote in Congress.”

On Feb. 18, 1776, a future president, George Washington, wrote to the president of Congress from an encampment at Cambridge outside of Boston:

“True it is, and I cannot help acknowledging, that I have many disagreeable sensations on account of my situation; for, to have the eyes of the whole Continent fixed, with anxious expectation of hearing of some great event, and to be restrained in every military operation for want of the necessary means of carrying it on, is not very pleasing, especially as the means used to conceal my weakness, from the enemy, conceals it also from our friends, and adds to their wonder. I do not utter this by way of complaint. I am sensible that all that the Congress could do, they have done; and I should feel most powerfully the weight of conscious ingratitude, were I not to acknowledge this; but as we have accounts of the arrival of powder in Captain Mason, I would beg to have it sent on in the most expeditious manner, otherwise we not only lose all chance of the benefits resulting from the season, but of the Militia, which are brought in at a most enormous expense, upon a presumption that we should, long ere this, have been amply supplied with powder under the contracts entered into with the Committee of Congress. The Militia, contrary to an express requisition, are come, and coming in, without ammunition; to supply them alone with twenty-four rounds, which is less by three-fifths than the Regulars are served with, will take between fifty and sixty barrels of powder; and to complete the other troops, to the like quantity, will take near as much more, and leave in store not more than about sixty barrels, besides a few rounds of cannon-cartridges, ready filled, for use. This, sir, Congress may be assured is a true state of powder, and will, I hope, bear some testimony of my incapacity for action in such a way as may do any essential service.”

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25 comments on “On this Presidents’ Day: A stark contrast

  1. brucefeher says:

    Washington was a REAL Leader! Today we have hacks in both parties and the victims are the people.

  2. Rincon says:

    Perhaps we should pass a Constitutional amendment making only military veterans eligible for the Presidency.

  3. Phyllis Bailey says:

    I have nothing new to add to any info about Obama except that I want him impeached and out of my life.  pdb

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  4. Vernon Clayson says:

    High military office is experience in leadership, e..g., Eisenhower had extensive military experience that suited him for the presidency, but who would want current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General Martin Dempsey, as president after seeing him as window dressing for Sec. of Defense Panetta at the Benghazi committee. At one time I would have voted for General Colin Powell as president, he had the dignity and stature but, sadly, now comes on as just another black man angry at ancient injustices and grievances from the white man.

  5. Vernon Clayson says:

    Another thought, the media lapdogs wanted to watch and report on his golf, they are said to be frustrated but he’s still the headline. It’s kind of an unrequited love to them, his actions and whereabouts during the Benghazi incident were not a concern but golf with Tiger Woods!!!!

  6. Nyp says:

    This VernonClayson dude really has a thing about black people, doesn’t he?

  7. Steve says:

    This Nyp dude really has a thing for race cards doesn’t he?

  8. “a thing about black people …”

    What one says about others usually says more about themselves.

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  9. Nyp says:

    Yeah, that must be it.
    Hey Vern — tell us again about how the President is “just another common street hustler.”

  10. Steve says:

    Still trying to ignore the Angel Adams stuff, eh Nyp?

  11. Vernon Clayson says:

    nyp forgets that another commentator on this site reminded him that there are also white street hustlers. Obama swings two races of hustlers, his mother was white and according to his (purported/alleged/whatever) birth certificate his father was African. Only in the liberal imagination does “African” indicate a race on supposed official documents but I think the intention was to record his father as black, i.e., negroid in the constellation of races. That aside, and just to make sure nyp is clear on this, there are hustlers of every race, religion, sex, sexual preference, political persuasion, hair and eye color, etc., etc. Even those seeking government grants are hustling, every gambler is hustling, every advertiser, every lawyer, every banker, every unionist, every political campaigner, is a hustler.

  12. Nyp says:

    Yeah. Right.

  13. Nyp says:

    Ah. So Clayson was merely
    saying that the President is a common Chicago Wall Street hustler.

    I see.

  14. brucefeher says:

    Every town has an idiot and I’m beginning to think this applies to blogs too.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Obama a Wall Street Hustler, that’s possible if one thought only that he hustled passersby on the sidewalk for a buck, he wouldn’t get a night shift cleaner’s job there unless he produced a lot more information about himself than he did to campaign and remain as president. I heard him this morning, February 19th, officially and proudly announcing to the world his revolution is a success, he has broken the nation’s economy.

  16. Athos says:

    Broken?

  17. Vernon Clayson says:

    I neglected to enter my name but the Anonymous comment is mine. Athos asks why I wrote “broken”, I’m not sure if he is questioning my grammar or if he thinks the nation’s economy isn’t broken. Only in the progressive mind is an overly profligate government considered sound when its debt reaches new levels hourly and there is no end of the mounting debt in sight. America’s citizens are closer to sharing poverty than we are to sharing wealth.

  18. Rincon says:

    Your comment applies to every year since 1981, with the exception of the end of the Clinton administration. We’ve been going down this road for more than 30 years, There is an excuse for deficit spending during bad times, although we’ve gone too far in that respect without a credible long term plan. During many of the past 30 years though, we increased our deficit, often dramatically, in even the best of times.

  19. Athos says:

    I agree with you, Vernon. We’ve been foolish to allow this cretin in the White House. His goal is to destroy the wealth of the American people.

    A child could see this…. which poses the question…..Are the liberals blind or in on it?

  20. Rincon says:

    Ask George W, Reagan, and their Republican collaborators. The deficit approximately tripled during the Reagan years and doubled during the G. Bush years. The Republicans voted to increase the debt 7 times during the Bush years and then suddenly stopped when Obama became President. We’ve already been over trying to blame Democrats in Congress. The debt rose more when Republicans were in control than the Democrats. Face it Athos. Until the recession, the Republicans were the big spenders. They along with the Democrats, are responsible for getting us into this mess. If controlling the debt is so important during a Great Recession, then why was it unimportant during good times under Bush and Reagan?

  21. Athos says:

    Bush was Ø-Lite. The “compassionate conservative”, or stealth socialist. What happened to all those Rino republicans in ’06? They got the boot.

    And Reagan had one goal, to bankrupt the USSR and end our communist threat. Ø is using the same tactic as Reagan to bankrupt US.

    Give me the congress of ’95, put Reagan back in as Commander in Chief, and see what happens.

  22. OK, Rincon, Republicans are bad, too. But stop digging the hole deeper.

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  23. Rincon says:

    I suppose the silver lining is that our nation is finally taking the deficit seriously. Let’s hope the damage hasn’t been too great already. I also agree that the time has past for “stimulus” spending, although sudden austerity could lead to problems also. It’s a little like morphine. It lessens pain short term, but can lead to dependency. The best approach would be for both parties to cooperate in a plan to slowly decrease the debt with the goal of modest surpluses within 5-7 years. It won’t happen.

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