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The recent presidential election was the most expensive in world history. Aided with
oodles of (sometimes) questionable money and a complicit mainstream media, Obama
maintained the fiction of “change” and renaissance to win. Now what?

Without even factoring in the unanticipated, inevitable mega-crisis, President Obama sits
down to an already overfull plate.

  • Gaza/Israel-Hamas: The ubiquitous
    “Mideast problem” is yet further
    exacerbated and past harsh rhetoric and
    perpetual reciprocal killings escalate.

  • China, Russia, North Korea, and Cuba.

  • Economy is in the toilet and billion-dollar
    bailouts seem to be the coming rage,
    notwithstanding the inevitable reality that
    “someone” is going to have to come up with
    that trillion dollars.

  • Congressional hubris (Click here to read the article), already a stage four
    carcinogenic, seems poised for a power induced “my way or the highway” jihad
    against their constituents.

  • The EU (that Peter Hitchens once called the next Soviet Union) continues to
    solidify their economic clout, primarily by undermining U.S. strengths.

Such is a long and very incomplete list of what President Obama will find in his morning
briefing folder when he plops down in the oval office.

Lonely at the Top?
Historian Jay Wink crystallized the loneliness of the Oval Office in The Wall Street
Journal
. (Click here to read the article.)

“The day after Abraham Lincoln's election, he assembled a gaggle of reporters and
boisterously declared, ‘Well boys, your troubles are now over; mine have only just
begun.’” And that, Jack, is a fact. Wink notes that “the best advisers can't take
momentous decisions out of the president's hands.”

Regardless of how many gray-haired wise men Obama surrounds himself with, ultimately
it will be his call (complete with the attendant consequences) when faced with valued
allies at war, a chemical, biological or nuclear attack on U.S. soil, or natural disaster.

Thomas Jefferson once noted, “No man will ever bring out of the presidency the
reputation which carried him into it.”

No one knows what the next four years will bring. Frankly, I wish the new president well,
and hope and pray that he exceeds expectations and frustrates his critics (yours truly
included). However, despite what we want for the country, conventional wisdom (and the
systemic “jones” for spending, suggests Obama has the potential of overshadowing
Jimmy Carter.

    Lessons from the Past
    Abraham Lincoln correctly observed:

    You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
    You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the
    strong.
    You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the
    wage payer.
    You cannot further the brotherhood of many by
    encouraging class hatred.
    You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
    You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than
    you earn.
    You cannot build character and courage by taking away
    man's initiative and independence.
You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for
themselves.

And yet the articulated agenda of the incoming administration is, discourage thrift to gain
prosperity; weaken the strong to strengthen the weak; put down the wage payer to help
the earner; encourage class hatred to further the brotherhood of many; destroy the rich
to help the poor; spend what we don’t have to get out of trouble created by spending;
destroy initiative and independence; and abandon self reliance so Big Brother can take
care of you?

Reality
Stuff happens and things change. Wants, needs and desires inevitably are overwhelmed
by inertia.

Hey, George W. Bush, campaigned on
humility in foreign policy. That was his
articulated want and desire.

Then 9/11 happened and suddenly his
policy is to impose democracy globally
whether recipients of his largess wanted it
or not. Stuff happens and things change.

It has always been fascinating that running
for office requires two (often diametrically
opposed) skill sets.

First, the candidate must be a great salesman. They have to establish rapport,
proselytize, and overcome objections at the same time.

However, if or when elected, the skills required to manage as the executive are very
different and not often transferable. “Despite his many talents, Mr. Obama's presidency
will almost certainly be a tall order given his lack of experience,” said Wink.

Ambrose Bierce said, "The hardest tumble a man can make is to fall over his own bluff."
Geoff Metcalf is a
nationally syndicated
radio talk show host.

He is a veteran media
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background covering a
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A former Green Beret
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Metcalf is a published
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GEOFF METCALF
           ...Obama Faces Long Road

Reality looms just around the corner as President-elect
Obama prepares for his coronation/inaugural.

As the confluence of saying and doing approaches, one
is reminded of the final scene in the 1972 Robert Redford
movie
The Candidate, when after finally winning the
election he wasn’t supposed to, the winner is seen turning
to his campaign poobah and asking, “Marvin . . . What do
we do now?”
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