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Sunday, August 07, 2005

BARONE BLOG BEGINS. The insightful Michael Barone of U.S. News & World Report has started a blog. (HT: Hugh Hewitt.) It is assured a place on this humble blogger's blogroll and will be a frequent visit for me. Barone has an worthwhile post from a few days about about the difficult job that is the American Presidency, offering some important perspective when considering the work and responsibility that President George W. Bush in leading the world's superpower.

Here is part of what Barone has to say about President Bush:

...I think he carries with him everywhere a crushing burden of responsibility, every bit as serious as those Lincoln and Roosevelt carried. This is a man who, as far as I can tell, had no ambition whatever to be president until his father was defeated for reelection in 1992, and then decided that God had put it in his way to be president, and is trying to do the job as well as he possibly can-knowing that no one can do it perfectly. Think hard about what it would be like to be George W. Bush: not a golden life, I think, but more of a nightmare.

President Bush certainly does have a great charge to keep. But as I have said before, I am so thankful that he is the man in the White House during these times. Clarity and moral courage our essential in standing up to terrorist enemies driven by a craven ideology opposed to freedom and democratic government. (By the way, Barone goes on to say a thing or two about President Clinton--and I probably agree with most of what he says there, too.)

(North Seattle--Green Lake, WA)


  • At 4:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    I'm surprised you believe it takes "clarity and moral courage" to stand up to terrorist enemies. The current president's father did that once, but he had more selfish reasons. He didn't want to be percieved as a wimp. Is that not one of the requirements of leading a world's superpower? A perception of strength. At what cost? Nearly as many US troops dead as killed in the world trade towers and thousands of iraqis dead. Are we safer post 9/11? I fail to see the connection in bombing a country and endearing them to our cause. It would seem that the current US involement in the Middle East is only fueling resentment against this country. I'm a hundred percent certain that W's clarity has not captured Osma Bin Laden or ended terrorism. How about next time, instead of just standing up to someone like Bin Laden, he can capture him and put him on trial for what he did. Hussien is not a good sub for when you can't play your starter.

    For the record, I went to middle school with you and don't recall you being any better than the rest of us in dodgeball. Sounds like you're exploiting that left leaning media you expouse so well. Besides all that, good luck with the supreme court clerkship and I'll see you at the reunion.

    Andre' Martin


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