Posted by: Patrice Fitzgerald | February 27, 2009

Proud Again

I just watched President Obama speak at Camp Lejeune about his plan to bring home combat soldiers from Iraq on a specific timetable.  It has been a long time since I was so proud of the person leading our country.

I was in high school during the Watergate hearings.  As a member of the baby boom generation, I grew up watching such national shocks as the assassination of President Kennedy, Martin Luther King, and Bobby Kennedy.  The riots, the Vietnam war and the protests, Nixon’s resignation all followed.  I was and am skeptical about government and the reliability of the people in it.

But I am really excited about the possibilities with this president.  With frightening economic realities staring him in the face, he is coming up with a plan, and persuading people to give it a try.  He is attempting to use this crisis as an opportunity to redefine some of our national priorities, and to work toward less dependence on oil, providing health care that won’t bankrupt us, and making education a more affordable goal.  And with today’s speech about withdrawing combat troops from Iraq, he has set forth a plan to end this war that was sold on a lie — and is nevertheless a big enough man to say thank you to the military, and to point out what has been accomplished.  He is not pointing fingers about who did what wrong, but is trying to pull us all forward with the positives we can agree on as a nation.

I’m not drinking any Kool-Aid.  

My eyes are wide open, and I think we are in a worldwide mess that will take some time to resolve.  The terrorists are out there, and the quagmire that is Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan is unlikely to give way to any easy solutions.  But d*mn it, I’m proud of this president, and it’s been a long time since I could say that.

It feels good.



  1. it does, doesn’t it?!

  2. Like finally getting a chance to exhale.


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