On August 9, 1975 Gerald Ford assumed the Presidency of the United States when Richard M. Nixon resigned the office. Mr. Ford spoke those memorable words after reciting the oath of office a mere half hour after the resignation.
The Nixon Presidency was an interesting one but I will not recount the failures or successes here. You may easily find all you need to know on line or in libraries, with the possible exception of the Nixon Presidential library.
While Bush 43 did not resign the office (would that he had) he nevertheless quit being our President years ago. At least in the true definition of the word and as far as the United States is concerned. It is no solace that he will go down in history as the worst President we ever had and that is not in doubt. What is in doubt is how long it will take for America to recover and return to greatness in the eyes of the world.
Whether or not you like the results of the 2008 election we have duly and legally elected a new President for the first time since 1996. The king is dead, long live the king.
President Obama has a tremendous task ahead of him. He must guide the nation out of the credit crisis; the worrisome unwarranted war; our economic inefficiencies and inequities; and overcome our OPEC oil dependency just to name a few of the many items on his agenda.
He ascended to the national stage with unbelievably beautiful and inspiring rhetoric and captured the imagination of the majority of the electorate. He garnered more campaign donations by using modern technology and a remarkable talent for management that we can only hope will take him through his first term and beyond.
But can his administration hold our admiration once the chips are down? He answers, "Yes we can." Can they turn the rhetoric into action? Again his answer is, "Yes we can." Time will tell but we owe it to him and ourselves to allow him the chance to try.
After our country was attacked by the scum of the Earth (Terrorist is too good a label for them) on September 11, 2001 the nation rallied around "W" in a totally bi-partisan fashion that swelled his approval rating to historic proportions. He had the political and emotional capital to do great things but chose instead to secure money and power for his inner circle of friends and sick brain-dead morons who hung around his office seeking favors. History will also show what a "heck of a job" that group did.
As we all know an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Unfortunately the nation is sick and we have infected the world, not with the deadly 'e-bola' but with the new deadlier 'w-bush' virus. The pound of cure now needed is going to cost some long and hard commitments on our part. The road ahead is a long one but at least we are headed in the right direction.
The 8 year long National disaster and nightmare that was the Bush administration is almost over and for that we must all be grateful.