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One President At A Time


It is very true that the United States of America only has one President at a time.  No one ever said otherwise.  We had one President when the junior Senator from Illinois announced his bid for the White House.  We had one President when Barack Obama debated his opponents for the Democratic primary when he was trying to drive home the point that his policy and ideas run contrary to the then current executive branch administration and why he was the best hope for a change in policy.  We had one President when Mr. Obama was driving home the point that his Republican Party opponent from Arizona was little more than a continuation of Mr. Bush’s failed economic, foreign, and domestic policy.  We had one President when Mr. Obama promised us he would change the way the White House operated.  Why does he now back away from differentiating himself from Mr. Bush’s failed policies now under some guise that we only have one President?

We had one President when Mr. Obama went on record saying that if someone was firing rockets into his daughter’s bedroom at night he would do everything in his power to make it stop and expected the people of Israel to do the same.  We had one President when Mr. Obama stood in front of AIPAC, an organization very sympathetic to the nation of Israel , and said unequivocally that as President the people of the United States would stand with the Jewish nation.  We had one President when Mr. Obama said that Jerusalem should remain under the control of Israel.  Why is it so important to remind the world that the American people have only one President now?

In the past few days Mr. Obama, like many people who have a high profile in the public’s eye,  has been asked for his opinion regarding the conflict between the government of Israel and Gaza.  Frustrated with the blockade that continues to choke the life out of the people of Gaza , Hamas broke a cease fire by launching rockets into the southern part of Israel .  In retaliation, Israel launched a massive retaliatory strike against its Gaza making little distinction between civilians and combatants.  The conflict is escalated even further with rocket fire into Israel from Lebanon to the north.  And through all of this the only thing Mr. Obama has to say is that his team is keeping abreast of the situation and we only have one President at a time.

I have a question.  When did Mr. Obama ever hear the question how many Presidents run the executive branch of the United States at any single given point in time?  The President-elect has never given anything less than a clear direction as to what his economic policy will be without ducking under any claim that we only have one President.  Mr. Obama knows that people need to understand that he and his team are on top of the economic turmoil that plagues our markets globally and our pockets individually.  But when it comes to revealing his position on the conflict in the Middle East Mr. Obama wants to be careful not to step on Mr. Bush’s toes.  Obviously, somebody is about to be made seriously unhappy with the direction Mr. Obama wants to go when it comes to foreign policy in the Middle East.  We have no clear direction of any change.  We have no clear direction of any continuance of current policy.  We have nothing but an excuse as to why we don’t know anything for the next few days.  We only have one President after all.

Actually, at the most, we only have one President making policy.  There is always the chance that a President refuses to put forth any clear policy on a given issue.  Maybe Mr. Obama, like Mr. Bush, will let the fires of the Middle East expand until the place explodes into a major conflict that could drag the rest of the world into this conflict.  Rockets are already being fired into Israel from Lebanon .  More than likely, feeling threatened at the possibility of dealing with two conflicts on two fronts the Israeli army will respond just as harshly on Lebanon .  What if there are plans to initiate rocket fire from Syria and Jordan as well?  A brew of war bringing imminent destruction and death throughout the region might be in the very early stages.  It would help ease people’s minds to know that the current American administration as well as the future administration will do what it can to resolve this issue as soon as possible.

Instead the United States protects Israel from facing any global political retribution by using its veto authority to block any move from the United Nations to rein in Israel ’s attempt to bomb the people of Gaza back into submission.  The United States is the only country in the world with any kind of influence over Israel .  And yet, the United States does nothing to influence Israel to stop.  Weapons of mass destruction are being used against a people who can poorly defend themselves.  And the leadership of the United States does nothing but sits back and watches.  There is little hope for change when the President-elect is ready to capitulate to the status quo under the lame excuse that we only have one President.  When there is a lack of true leadership from the President it is the President-elect’s privilege to step up to the plate and fill the void.  We only have one President is not the change we hoped for.

Friday, January 9, 2009 - Posted by | Barack Obama, Democrats, Gaza, George Bush, Israel, Life, Politics, Racism, Thoughts


  1. I was thinking after Obama said that if someone were firing rockets into his daughters bedroom he would do do everything possible to make them stop and that he expected Israel to do the same. But, what if someone were using a blockade to choke off his house so that his daughters didn’t have access to medical care, food or clean water. Would he feel compelled to action and expect the same out of any country where this were taking place?

    See we are all being subjected to this one sided view that Israel has the right to do whatever it wants in order to meet its goals. Yet, no other nation in the Middle East gets that kind of pass. And it almost seems that Obama is sitting and waiting to see the negative press from this before he comes out one way or another.

    That crap ain’t change either. He needs to make a stand.


    Comment by theblacksentinel | Friday, January 9, 2009 | Reply

  2. Thanks for the feedback theblacksentinel,

    That’s exactly how I felt when I wrote the article Who Will Empathize Wtih The Children Of Gaza. Mr. Obama can empathize with the people of Israel but has difficulty empathizing with the people of Gaza. He appears to be as one sided as any other president, including Mr. Bush.


    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Friday, January 9, 2009 | Reply

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