Today on ‘facebook’, I read of Speaker Pelosi’s comparison of President Obama to President Reagan in terms of using Executive Orders to fulfill their respective responsibilities as the Chief Executive Officer of the United States of America for administering the law.
Madam Speaker Pelosi, I dearly love and respect you as a fantastic responsible speaker of the House and being the First Female Speaker of the House which is a great honor; and, I do not disagree with you about the Gipper’s use of Executive authority, after all, the President is the Chief Executive of the United States of America. But, I respectfully believe that it is a bad comparison of, Obama and Reagan for other unrelated reasons.
In explanation, I personally have no ill feelings against President Reagan, he was an affable human being, however totally politically wrong for the USA, and then there was the Iran Contra affair which was impeachable, ‘as Republicans clamor about Obama without merit today’, but Reagan’s successor, President Papa Bush, pardoned President Reagan for the Gipper’s real impeachable sins (just as President Ford quickly pardoned Tricky Dick Nixon for his very impeachable sin of covering up Republican criminal activity); it is interesting that when a Republican President follows a Republican President guilty of criminal activity, the subsequent Republican President pardons the former of “any criminal act he may have committed”, just like God pardons every one of their sins, and suddenly the former criminal Republican becomes ‘Saint’ Ronald Reagan.
So that is why I question using St. Ronnie as a comparison to my present President, Barrack Obama.
As for me, I haven’t considered sainthood for President Obama as yet, though of all the Presidents he is in all probability going to be the most qualified for sainthood; he easily compares to Job in regard to suffering, and the President is presently suffering political sores and boils infected by relentless, ruthless extremist Neocon Republican opposition.
Never in my lifetime have I seen or read about a President more deserving of honor and respect for his suffering from discrimination against him for his compassion and concern for the common working People of the United States of America; and that is something Republicans can never take away from him.
President Obama is exceedingly worthy of these honors, in spite of and indifference to his being the First Black President of the United States of America, and regardless of cause!
Beyond his greatness for suffering, President Obama will forever be known and recognized for finally providing Americans with affordable quality medical care, also for eliminating the persecution of gay and lesbian soldiers in the United States military, some things that many other Presidents tried to do and failed miserably. Then, of course, President Obama did win the President W. Bush’s Wars, by apprehending terrorist bin Laden, after President W. Bush publically maintained that “getting bin Laden” was not important; this was a most important accomplishment for America, because bin Laden was the actual enemy perpetrating the heinous terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
Personally, I am a common man and a professional historian, having studied history all my life and my chosen career was teaching history in the public schools; and, I do have my personal favorite Presidents, bias.
My all-time personal favorite Presidents have always been the ones that I most identified with, Presidents that were of common men, like me. I have pride in the common American and I have pride in myself as a common American being. Therefore, my all-time favorite Presidents were Abraham Lincoln, Harry S. Truman, and now, probably going to be Barrack Obama, whose presidency is not yet finished.
And so, I honor and approve of all three of these common Americans, ascending to the Presidency of the United States and caring for, more than anything else, the humanity abiding in the United States of America. In my sense of values, of all the issues of State, the one issue above all others is the welfare and being of the common People.
So I do not actually disagree with Speaker Pelosi’s comparison of President Obama’s Executive orders to President Reagan’s, it is just that I do not approve of associating President Obama favorably with the pardoned President Reagan of Iran Contra.