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Writer's Block: Political Misdeeds

Today is the anniversary of Tricky Dick Nixon's famous "I am not a crook" statement. Let's take a moment to ponder the many politicians caught being naughty. What's your favorite political scandal?

This is a morbid subject, but the two that affected me the most deeply were Bush cheating to get into office when he was first elected (and how it must have felt to the people whose votes against him were thrown away. The other is the government response to Hurricane Katrina, when Bush didn't even say anything let alone act on the crisis, let alone change his plans. I can't forget reading the FEMA instructions for evacuation that were only relevant if you were a homeowner with a car and some money.

There were better hurricane preparedness pamphlets handed out at local stores in New Orleans in the 1990s. You could get them at the K & B, but there is no K & B Purple any more and there is no K & B Ice Cream either, which was very good and very inexpensive. It had flavors you don't find in these national brands. New Orleans was a city that I loved and Bush treated it like it was a third world country he wasn't on speaking terms with.

I don't care about any of their extramarital affairs, though that seems to get dragged up about dang near all of them. The prevalence of fraud and financial trickery seems as common, and that always makes me wonder how these people get in office anyway. Among many things I like about President-Elect Obama is the way it's real clear where his election money came from. People like me, way way way many lots of them. Given honestly to help elect him.

It won't surprise me if the Obama years don't turn up any scandals. Any.

Because of who he is and how he got elected, President-Elect Obama is making history. Everyone in his family knows it. I looked at the Miss America smile of his oldest daughter, who could be the princess of the planet with her beauty and her charm, and I knew she has spent her life reading History and taking pride in it. There was something both charming and very intelligent in her eyes, someone who knew she was making history and doing something both good and heroic with all her heart.

Any man married to Michelle Obama would have to be blind to think about fooling around, seriously, that woman is one of the great beauties of our time. So it'd be no surprise to find out President Obama spends his nights home in the White House cuddled up with a spectacular woman he's already won. I listened to what he said about his family too. There are certain key phrases that tell me something about a man's outlook on life. When he mentioned her first as his best friend, I knew that marriage was rock solid. Not just appearances, gorgeous as those are, but there is a man who has a healthy relationship.

Obama doesn't need to rob. He got more money than all the corporate pets ever did just by asking people for it and spending it to get elected. What is going to happen when there's a national disaster like Katrina again?

He'll be on his way down to the place and mobilizing every resource of the country to help. And he'll put his handsome face and charisma and fundraising skill on the media within minutes asking people for help with a good plan in place for routing that help to the people who need it most. If he could handle his campaign, he could handle a Katrina.

I hope he has time during his term in office to rip FEMA apart and make sure it's run by competent people educated with and familiar with the types of national disasters that happen all over the country -- the repeaters. Midwestern floods and tornadoes. Hurricanes on the Gulf Coast. Droughts and wildfires in the West.

I understand the current economic crisis has priority and don't expect him to do everything at once. But I hope he's got time to tackle that along with the many other pressing issues he's got to deal with, while he's in office. I think there's a lot he can do to fix this country and get it on track, and that he put his hand up to do it in the best possible way. So I support him and support what he's doing now. I'm looking forward to January 20th.

And I will be rolling on the floor eight years from now (I do hope he gets two terms, it'd help a lot), if he leaves office without any scandals at all. He might just do it. Wouldn't that just break tradition all over the place?
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Nov. 17th, 2008 02:07 pm (UTC)
It astounds me to no end how many people still think that Bush cheated in 2000.

Umteen hundred recounts somehow don't convince you.
Nov. 17th, 2008 02:18 pm (UTC)
Show some facts then, don't just say that.
Nov. 17th, 2008 03:28 pm (UTC)

You know, I really should not have to do that, anyway, since you made the assertion that he cheated, I should be asking you for proof.
Nov. 17th, 2008 08:21 pm (UTC)
Well, you did, and that does make a difference to me. From what I knew of it I was outraged at the way the recount was dismissed when it ran that close. If the recount would merely have narrowed his lead, then perhaps it was redundant.

But in a close race like that it needs to be examined in depth, especially when the shenanigans about the poorly designed ballots and the number of people who accidentally voted two candidates and had their votes discounted was a larger factor. It was ugly. It most of all pointed up the need for election reform.

I'm willing to shift my opinions when faced with actual evidence, but a blog is about my personal reactions to events. Those were my feelings. Anyone reading this post will now also find your dissenting view.

Edited at 2008-11-17 08:24 pm (UTC)
Nov. 17th, 2008 10:41 pm (UTC)
I'd love it if that happened. I really would. I'd laugh and laugh.

Realistically, there are going to be people that make scandal out of something unimportant. Hopefully the people will be smart enough to see through it, but I can't say I've much hope for that; there are too many that have an investment in seeing Obama fall flat on his face. :-\
Nov. 17th, 2008 10:59 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's true. What I think of his character does not necessarily extend to everyone working with him either, that'd be something like seeing Washington invaded by aliens. I just think he, himself, will go through his entire term of office without any scandal that is real.
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