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OBAMA: For some, goal is destroying presidency

Letter by Bernice L. Youtz, Tacoma on Sep. 9, 2010 at 1:29 pm | 79 Comments »
September 9, 2010 2:25 pm

Kathleen Parker claims we are “weary” of President Obama’s promises and says “Nope” to “Got hope?” (column, 9-8).

I have voted in 16 presidential campaigns and have seen my candidate lose in 10 of them, but never have I seen such determination, from day one, to destroy the candidate we elected as I see with President Obama.

We do not have a king or a dictator, by choice. We do not have a parliamentary system where an executive can be removed by a vote of “lack of confidence.” We have a president elected for four years who has to work with the checks and balances of Congress and the Supreme Court.

The president has no magic wand to turn those promises to reality. We are all in this together. What if we all resolved to say, “This is my country. I may not have voted for this candidate, but if he ‘fails,’ we all fail?”

Could we all go to work to help a president, even one we did not vote for, in our own best interests? Is it up to us to help make those promises come true? Do we care more about destroying a presidency than we do about strengthening our nation and improving our own lives?

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