Overlapping Presidents

George you have done enough, don’t do any anything else. Don’t even water a plant. It’s like this country was a brand new BMW, George smashes it into a tree, and then tosses the keys to Barack Obama and says, “Enjoy! It’s all yours.”

Funny. But it brings to mind serious questions; like, who is running the country?

Our current president makes few and brief public statements with a limp, hangdog look about him that inspires pity and lack of confidence. Bush is AWOL in the financial crisis and Hank Paulsen is left to call all the shots. Taxpayers have no way of knowing how smart the decisions are. Billions have already been spent and we just don’t have any idea if it is helping. But Bush ensures us that he will keep president-elect Obama ‘informed’.

The person who is willing to take action and who communicates best with America is not yet in office. Obama’s speech from Chicago today totally overshadowed Bush’s statement and illustrated that our president-elect is ready to tackle the difficult challenges facing his presidency, that he has rolled up his sleeves and gotten right to work, even though he has no real power yet. He has announced a massive financial plan. He is getting his cabinet and staff in place and has instructed them to get to work, too. He’ll hit the ground running upon taking office.

Too bad the guy with a plan has to sit on the sidelines marking time for two more months. Couldn’t we just move up the inauguration? Like my dad used to say, “Let’s get this show on the road!”

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  1. #1 by Anonymous on November 24, 2008 - 9:57 pm

    Bush is forgotten, but not gone.

  2. #2 by Obi wan liberali on November 24, 2008 - 10:49 pm

    Interesting situation. Bush is smart enough to understand that he is a failed President but delusional enough to think history will somehow view him otherwise. George W. Bush often thinks of himself as Henry V, when in reality he is in fact Charles VI of France, paranoid,delusional and totally impervious to reason. He’s like a tragic figure from a Shakespearean play.

  3. #3 by Misty Fowler on November 24, 2008 - 11:06 pm

    That’s such a tempting thing! However, Obama will need every moment between now and January 20 to prepare for the disastrous mess that W left him in. As bad as things seem right now, if Obama were able to step into the presidency today, he would be set up for mistakes, and that would be the wrong thing to do.

    But…if only. I, too, would like to see W vacate the White House today….

  4. #4 by Ken on November 25, 2008 - 9:10 am

    The problem with installing Obama as the President before Jan 20 is it runs afoul that pesky Constitution that seems to get in the way of the left’s agenda so often.

  5. #5 by Becky on November 25, 2008 - 9:17 am

    Of course, Ken-who-doesn’t-ever-get-tongue-in-cheek-suggestions,

    Our constitution has never been amended has it? Consider that when it was written, it took a great deal of time to collect and count votes, simply due to travel methods. And imagine how long it took to seat the delegates for the electoral college.

    We’re not in horse and buggy days anymore, Toto. The transition need not take three months any longer. How about moving it up to January 1st? (This suggestion now moving slightly from the tongue-in-cheek to it-could-happen.)

  6. #6 by Richard Warnick on November 25, 2008 - 10:20 am

    I agree with Misty. Moving the inauguration date would be a bad idea even if it were possible without a constitutional amendment. Here’s confirmation: Thomas Friedman thinks it’s a good idea. I think it’s a safe bet to do the opposite of anything Friedman suggests.

    Ken– you’re projecting again. It was President Bush who repeatedly trashed the Constitution, which he called “just a goddamned piece of paper.”

  7. #7 by Becky on November 25, 2008 - 12:53 pm

    You convince me, Richard. (Who said I can’t change my mind!)

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