count your blessings

Joshua Greenman (New York Daily News): …Barack Obama isn’t an all-or-nothing kind of commander in chief or an all-or-nothing kind of man. He gambled in pushing health care reform, but in his bones he’s a cautious leader who overcomplicates where others oversimplify. He turns bumper stickers into dissertations, not the other way around.

Those who are grousing about that fact now should count their blessings – and remember the alternative. This is what we said we wanted just two years ago, after eight years of Bush foreign policy impulsiveness, when offered a McCain-Palin ticket that promised more gut-driven decision-making. We wanted more candid discussion of risks and benefits. More sharing of responsibilities with allies. We wanted a President to think twice before playing Braveheart. Didn’t we?

But now, in the first major test of a crisis rearing its head on his watch, many have derided Obama’s approach as the professor’s way of war. So the pundits were craving clarity Monday night when he took the stage at the National Defense University in Washington, clamoring for something like an Obama Doctrine, a few snappy sentences that encapsulate his foreign policy, a formula where you plug in the variables and get your answer each and every time.

It didn’t happen. It was never going to happen. Nor should it have happened.

In typically Obamastic fashion, he rejected the arguments of those who suggested we should have allowed a humanitarian disaster to unfold while the world watched (that would have “been a betrayal of who we are”), and similarly dismantled the arguments of those who want a more aggressive, expansive, expensive campaign.

….To a skeptic like me, Obama made an effective and principled case … …This isn’t necessarily a brilliant war. But don’t criticize the President because he’s failed some facile and arbitrary standard of perfect clarity. That would be, to paraphrase Ralph Waldo Emerson, the hobgoblin of a nation that hasn’t learned its lesson.

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11 Responses to “count your blessings”

  1. 1 Fred
    March 29, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    I’ve never stopped

  2. 3 ber6964
    March 29, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    I count all my blessings ever time I see or hear all the natternuts from the left and right that this sane intelligent man leads the USA!

  3. 5 Sonjia Duncan
    March 29, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    So many are totally confused about who this President is and what he is doing. The media has presented a president that does not exist anywhere but from the pundits in the media. Many are trying to live their daily lives and only catch the sound bites from the car radio or evening news. We have a job ahead to educate our people to find the truth in all the lies.

  4. 6 Kelly
    March 29, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Big brains now leads our nation and has been there for the last couple of years. We supporters of this man have known this since Jan 20, 2009, please naysayers its time to catch up.

  5. 7 fluffylove
    March 29, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    Counting my blessing has become a daily routine especially with so much negativity that we see and hear. I get my hope from God and continue to pray for our President and his family, the poor and the middle class. I stop listening to the pundits in the media every since Obama became President. This is why I thank God for this website, because they give our President his due respect.

  6. 9 anniebella
    March 29, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    You don’t know just how much I count my blessings, it could be John McCain-Sarah Palin making these decisions and McCain wants a full scale war with Gaddafi, meaning sending weapons to the rebels, and troops on the ground, an all out attack on Gaddafi, maybe invade Libya like GW Bush invaded Iraq, that’s coming from McCain. So indeed I do count my blessings that Barack Obama is our President.

  7. 10 Eleroy
    March 29, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    I do each and every day!!! This President ROCKS and it does not get better than President Barack Obama!!!

  8. 11 barb
    March 30, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    My prayer is that President Obama can feel our prayers. To me that would be a most wonderful thing. I am committed to him and all his actions and decisions. History is in the making and the energy he exudes could take a toll on him. Therefore I have this committment to continue to pray daily for his wellbeing. I just have a hard time praying for his distractors because I have no patience with them and would prefer to cuss them out and that isn’t prayer.

    I want to make this short but the essence of it I think is important. I have a friend who called me up at midnight one night whose daughter 17yrs old had been kidnapped after he locked the others in the safe. Her husband was on business out of town. I won’t go into all of what happened but as we sat down to pray, it became apparent that we had to pray for the kidnapper also so he wouldn’t hurt Lori. He started to kill her twice and had his hands around her neck but they would jump back immediated from her neck as if shocked and stop. End of story is miracle after miracle she was saved having escaped with the police department being next door to the restroom she excaped from. He did try to kill her and what I take from that and it is very hard to do, but we must prayer for President Obama’s enemies also.

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