Wednesday night, March 4, 1987, Reagan interrupted Magnum, P. I. and Highway to Heaven at 9:00 p.m. to give a live impeachment-avoiding mea culpa admitting that six months earlier when he had interrupted Scarecrow and Mrs. King and The Cosby Show at 8:00 p.m. on the Thursday night of November 13, 1986 to emphatically and repeatedly tell us he had not traded arms for hostages and had not secretly sold existentially-threatening-to-Israel weapons to Iran behind the backs of the American public, he had been lying like a dog on the back porch on a hot summer afternoon in the humid sticky South.
Ten months later, the 1988 presidential campaign began.
December 19, 1998, the United States House of Representatives impeached William Jefferson Clinton on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice, for lying under oath about sex with a White House intern.
Thirteen months later, the 2000 presidential campaign began.
Before all of that, Nixon had resigned on August 9, 1974 to avoid impeachment. One year and five months later, the 1976 presidential campaign began.
In the past 40 years, a cloud has overhung every presidential election following the end of a two-term president:
- Nixon resigned to avoid impeachment
- Reagan accepted tragic humiliation to avoid impeachment
- Clinton was impeached
- Bush left office with a 22% approval rating, the lowest of any president in the 70 years of measuring it.
But President Obama…
No impeachment. No sex with interns. No lying under oath. No lying to conceal a coverup. No lying about illegally-sold weapons. No lying about weapons to launch an immoral war. No lying. Period.
No secret arms deals with the enemies of freedom in violation of US law. No tucking-tail-and-running in the face of unanswered evil as Reagan did when 241 sleeping Marines were slaughtered in Beirut on October 23, 1983. No distracting career-saving invasion of a tiny island nation a half world away two days later as Reagan did on October 25, 1983 while the mangled and charred bodies of US Marines still lay beneath the rubble in Beirut.
No domestic surveillance that wasn’t authorized by the Republican Patriot Act. Less executive orders (226) than Bush (291); Clinton (364); Reagan (381); Nixon (346). Less vacation days (160 at 6-year point) than Bush (405 at 6-year point); Clinton (174 total); Reagan (390 total).
Saved the American economy which was handed to him in unprecedented-since-the-Great-Depression existential crisis with $50 trillion in wealth having just been sucked out of middle-America and the entire banking system and auto industry on the verge of collapse.
And led an exemplary personal life of impeccable morals and unassailable character, totally devoted to his elegant, sophisticated, intelligent First Lady and First Daughters; always the consummate gentleman; refusing to sully his character and compromise his principles by exiting from the noble high road traveled by better angels, down the ramp of ugliness into the backwoods of bitterness.
He has withstood more corrupt-obstruction, unfair personal attacks and lies told-on-him-by-Christians than any human in history. But he never faltered.
He just painted for us the most exquisite picture of grace under fire; of dignity; decorum; class. And modeled so elegantly the principles long abandoned by his attackers, who claim to be the exclusive holders of them.
He’s the greatest we’ve seen since Lincoln. We’re not likely to see such greatness again in our lifetimes. If Democrats win this November, it will be because he followed his oft-ridiculed soaring rhetoric, pointing the way back to the Promised Land of justice, equality, opportunity, and prosperity; bringing healing to the nation; returning it to greatness.
“Generations of Americans have responded with a simple creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes, we can. Yes, we can. Yes, we can. It was a creed written into the founding documents that declared the destiny of a nation: Yes, we can. It was whispered by slaves and abolitionists as they blazed a trail towards freedom through the darkest of nights: Yes, we can. It was sung by immigrants as they struck out from distant shores and pioneers who pushed westward against an unforgiving wilderness: Yes, we can. It was the call of workers who organized, women who reached for the ballot, a president who chose the moon as our new frontier, and a king who took us to the mountaintop and pointed the way to the promised land: Yes, we can, to justice and equality. Yes, we can, to opportunity and prosperity. Yes, we can heal this nation. Yes, we can repair this world. Yes, we can.” ~ Barack Obama, 2008
I’m not sure what those words look like — I’ve never been able to type them with dry eyes. But I know what they feel like. I know the soul-thrilling passion and inspiration they ignite deep within my heart as they resonate with my spirit. And as I’ve said before, if people aren’t ashamed of the hate that spills out of their posts, I’m not going to be embarrassed by tears which punctuate mine. We’re at a really odd place in the public discourse of a “Christian” nation, if anger and hate are the only two emotions which can be openly expressed.
Yes, we can.
And, yes, he did.
God bless America. And God bless My Amazing President.