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Obama: “I won!”

The first ballot I cast for President of the United States of America was for Dwight Eisenhower for his second term in November, 1956, just a few months after I returned to the States from my tour of duty in Korea. As an adult, I have seen them all: Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Carter, Reagan, Bush I, Clinton, Bush II, and now the lad from the streets of Chicago. It seems to me that following Eisenhower, it has been all downhill, except for a few shining moments during the Reagan and Bush II administrations.

In January 2009 following vigorous debate with Republican Representatives and Senators over the stimulus package, in seeming frustration, Barak Hussein Obama put an end to all discussions by angrily and rudely informing the Loyal Opposition that he won the election. “I won!” he said. By implication, that meant that they had lost and he was going to have his way just as surely as (insert a good old cliché here) God made little green apples.

In my memory, faulty as it may be partly because of my almost eight decades of life, I have never heard a President speak so to those who opposed him. It is surely a mark of supreme hubris for anyone to voice such a remark audibly. That sounds like something a frustrated father might say to his rebellious children, “Because I’m the father and I say so.” I have been surprised in the intervening years that Obama didn’t add a “So there” to his “I won!” to give it a finality.

I am reminded of a time that my son (age 4 or so, now 53) was playing with his little friend in the playroom in our basement when we heard a real cry of pain from his friend. It seems that the friend had picked up one of my son’s favorite metal trucks and my boy snatched it away from him and hit him over the head with it. “Why did you do that?” I dutifully asked. His answer was so logical, “Because the truck is mine!”

I remember seeing Obama on TV when he uttered those words and am a little surprised that he hasn’t used that line again, unless his advisers informed him that it probably was not good form to speak like that in front of an open mic. I never did hear whether those words were on his teleprompter.

smugobama2The non-debate over the budgetary matters is tiresome and is playing havoc with my investments that were supposed to give me a reasonably comfortable retirement after fifty years of toting that barge and lifting that bale. I don’t care who won or who lost. All I am sure of is that the American middle class and those of us on fixed retirement incomes have not won. Actually neither side in this debate, nor those in the middle of the debate (the milquetoast RINOS) are serving “The People” the way they deserve to be served.

After all, the President is head of only one of the three major branches of government. He is management. Congress is the Board, and SCOTUS is an auditor. All are there to serve the customers, the people, who spend their lives hoping to create an atmosphere that will at least serve the next generations well. God help us!

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About the author

Harry Livermore

Harry Livermore spent a lifetime teaching English in high schools and junior colleges in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Georgia. He now writes for and is editor of the Valdosta Magazine. Harry and his wife Janice live in Valdosta, GA. They are members of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Valdosta. Harry has two sons, six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren who live in Georgia, Oklahoma, and Texas.

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