Those were the days my friend...
By Sam Osborne
September 06, 2006
Note: Comments published
on Viewpoints are the opinions of the writer
To the editor,
"Incompetent" is the word most used when increasing
numbers of Americans are asked to describe President Bush. This
Pew Research finding is not surprising considering Bush's leadership
He has been unable to motivate his administration or anyone else
to get things done. Even when he passes off his responsibility
onto others, be it business, local government or foreign lands,
he fails in using the bully pulpit to inspire others to make
This failure at the helm stands in contrast to other presidents
that have with few words inspired others to undertake even arduous
personal tasks of minimal import to the nation. To wit, back
in 1963 President John F. Kennedy jocularly suggested that chubby
press secretary Pierre Salinger, demonstrate the physical fitness
of the White House staff by walking fifty miles in twenty hours.
By Monday following JFK's offhand remark, thousands of Americans
picked up the challenge and were off and walking. When European
television showed images of these marchers, a walking craze swept
Europe and on as far as Japan. To this day there is an annual
Kennedy March in Sittard, Netherlands.
In a more serious matter of later times, lest we forget President
Ronald Reagan's motivating words to one of this nation's most
intractable enemies: "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"
And he did.
Of course, those were the days of men who successfully changed
the tenor of their times; in these, Bush apologists fudge the
times in diminution of the man's inadequacies.
West Branch, IA - USA
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