Friday, January 23, 2009

"Remember who your daddy really is"


I must be getting rather soft in my old age.
But I was rather touched by the advice given to the Messiah's young children from George Bush's twins , Barbara and Jenna.
They also made this heartfelt defence of their much criticised father.
'Our dad like yours is a man of great integrity and love - a man who always put us first,' they wrote.
'We still see him now as we did when we were seven; as our loving daddy. He is our father, not the sketch in a paper or part of a skit on TV.
'Many will think they know your father but they have no idea how he felt on the day you were born, the pride he felt on your first day of school or how much you love being his daughters.
'So here is our most important piece of advice - remember who your dad really is.'
Indeed, George Bush can be proud of his two daughters, as he can of his two terms of office.
The left may squeal about Bush's record, but he has certainly done a fine job in raising Barbara and Jenna.
We have seen much adulation of Obama as the one, the Messiah, with hopes in him so high.
But we must remember , as the Bush twins clearly recall here, an American president is also a man and a father.
Furthermore, if we give a leader too much adulation, it is unhealthy for democracy as the Daily Mail's Stephen Glover notes here.
This is not healthy. If a politician is beyond criticism, he is apt to feel and act like a god.
That is what has happened in countless totalitarian states, whose leaders invariably encourage a personality cult. It is not supposed to happen in modern democracies, but it does.
After their wipe-out in 1997, the Tories constituted a hopeless opposition. For the next few years the Republicans in Congress are likely to be equally feeble. If the media reaction to Mr Obama's inauguration is anything to go by, he will enjoy a generally supine and fawning Press, just as Mr Blair did until he ran into the buffers over Iraq.
So the new President may not be tested and held to account as he should be. Brilliant though he may be - and we really don't know one way or the other - he is undoubtedly very inexperienced.
In fact, I can't think of a U.S. President over the past 30 years who has assumed the highest office with so little executive experience. To be frank, Mr Obama has had none - just like Mr Blair in 1997.
And so, as the hailing of the Obama Messiah continues, I will recall the above comments that Obama is but a man, a father and not a God, and an inexperienced man at that.
No doubt the president's children will know him better than I, or any tv skit too.
And they too should remember who their daddy really is, especially when one day, the honeymoon will be over.

6 comments:

Heine said...

I agree, a very well written thoughtful piece. I also posted about this - as I honestly believe Bush is a good man.

Or maybe I too am getting soft in my advancing years!!

Ackers said...

"Indeed, George Bush can be proud of his two daughters, as he can of his two terms of office.
The left may squeal about Bush's record, but he has certainly done a fine job in raising Barbara and Jenna."

LOL......1st in the running for unintentionally hillarious blog comment for 2009 FFM!

StephenR said...

The left may squeal about Bush's record,

Yeah, sure, only the Left are squealing. People who aren't sycophants have been squealing since at least 2006.

It is though very plausible that Bush is a normal (as can be) father, fine. Nice angle.

Psycho Milt said...

Furthermore, if we give a leader too much adulation, it is unhealthy for democracy...

Oh, I wouldn't worry on that score. It's hard to imagine a new guy coming in with higher expectations of him than this one, or imagine a new guy with less opportunity to meet those expectations. He won't be getting too much adulation for long, that's a given...

Farmer Baby Boomer said...

PM comments "....its hard to imagine a new guy coming in with higher expectations of him...
....with less opportunity to meet those expectations...."

Spot on PM! Those expectations come not only from within the USA, but also from far beyond. See this from Jameson Maluleke, a commentator in Africa.
http://www.litnet.co.za/cgi-bin/giga.cgi?cmd=cause_dir_item&cause_id=12708&news_
id=566368&cat_id=163

May be easier to Google 'Africas obssession with its famous son, Barack Obama'
Jameson Maluleke

Farmer Baby Boomer said...

FFM - I must add that my comment on PM's comment dosen't mean I have any reservations with the overall thrust of your post. As Heine said it is "a very well written thoughtful piece." Thanks too for the links,I enjoyed the daily mail article and photos on George W's twins. I am going to look some of Stephen Glovers other articles - the one on euthanasia caught my eye.