Thank You, President Obama


I am no pundit. Nope. Oh, I have my beliefs and my opinions, but never feel well-informed enough to take on political debate in any serious way. And of course, in typical middle child fashion, I prefer to play the diplomat and peacekeeper anyway.

But still, I’m a Democrat and will stand up for what I believe in when it matters.

I confess I’d gotten away from paying attention to politics. Sometimes it’s all too much. The country is a mess and folks in Washington are too busy with warring egos to really get things done. The system is so broken. So very broken.

But tonight, I tuned into President Obama’s speech about his jobs bill. The same president I voted for and believed in. And I still do. I don’t agree with everything he does, but at the core, I believe he’s a good man who really does want to do right by this county but is thwarted and fought and every turn. 

And he’s tried to be the diplomat. Maybe too much. It’s been a little frustrating. Even I, who happen to love most of his speeches, was starting to tire of his carefully constructed sentences and his qualifying phrases and his tortured ways. I started to tune him out.

But tonight, as I listened, I found myself cheering him on– verbally yelling at the television, “You go, Obama!” He was strong. And he was finally FINALLY unapologetically Democrat. 

Yes, I heard the oft repeated “Pass this bill.” But more importantly, it didn’t sound like, “Pass this bill, pretty please.” There were new undertones: This country needs us. I am a Democrat. This is what I believe is going to help. And I’m going to fight for it. Bring. It. On.

Oh, I have no illusions that this speech really did anything. The Republicans will still fight him, and he’ll have a tough time getting his jobs bill passed. But that would have happened no matter what. So I was just happy to hear him be who he is without qualifying it or apologizing for it on some level.

It’s about time.

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  1. Helene says:

    Just wanted you to know that some of your very best friends are REPUBLICANS!!!!! And I believe you get along very, very well with them :) Rumor has it you may even LOVE some of them! I know for sure that some of them sure do LOVE YOU BACK!!!! Maybe it’s time for the rest of the country to follow suit!!!!!!!!!!


    Kelly Reply:

    You’re a Republican, Helenie? Really?!? Never would have guessed. heheheh. And the rumors of me loving some of them are true.


  2. LeeWee says:

    I’m with you Kelly. Everybody wants to point fingers, but nobody is pointing it at themselves and admitting errors. I’m not sure that will ever happen.


  3. Irene Landon says:

    I, too, was impressed by his speech but have been having an ongoing political debate with a “friend” of a “friend” on FB. Republicans are never going to go along especially when they are trying to get him out. And of course, everyone wants to know “where does he think he is going to get the money from? From Us” “Raising Taxes”. Yes, I agree, but where else would the money come from. I think everyone has to bite the bullett and chip in….it’s not for one individual it is for the country! So, raise taxes? So be it.


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