I have been trying to give President Obama the benefit of the doubt. He inherited some difficult, perhaps unsolvable problems, and took office amidst impossible expectations at the behest of a notoriously fickle electorate willing to deify or crucify their candidates on a whim. Our president is in a tough spot, and up to now I felt it appropriate to cut him a bit of slack.
An elderly woman sits by an old wood stove, shivering, clutching a cracked cup of tea. She takes solace in her grim retirement from her only companion, her cat, who watches quietly as the woman rocks in her chair, alone and forgotten, dreading the landlord’s knock at the door.
A long-suffering, underpaid civil servant or a private sector retiree?
The recession has devoured much of our attention this year, but relief has finally arrived with the escalation of partisan bickering over just what House Speaker Pelosi knew or did not know about waterboarding and the enhanced interrogation techniques employed by the CIA at the Guantanamo Bay prison. The press releases and news conferences on Capitol Hill have provided a distraction from some truly unsettling events on the world front, ominous because they have progressed inexorably for years and may soon come to fruition.
When good behavior comes from a place where you least expect it, that good behavior should be reinforced in hopes that it will become something other than an aberration. We slighted our government by not commending it for something it did correctly last year. Frankly, there are very few instances where we can point to our public officials and say “Nice job.” This was one of those instances, and not only did we drop the ball by not giving credit where it was surely due, but we condemned the incident and our officials in favor of defending individuals who entered our country unbidden and broke our laws.