Robert Stein 1924-2014

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Repossessing Patriotism

In the most important foreclosure of all, the White House will be taken back Tuesday by the majority of Americans who lost it to lawyers in 2000 and the legions who have joined them while watching in disgust as George W. Bush lowered American property values in the world neighborhood.

Our new tenants, the Obamas, are holding an open house as they move in and, although visitors won't be able to see it, the most cherished heirloom of all will be back in the people's possession, the patriotism that the Neo-Cons hijacked and tarnished for eight years.

President Obama will be wearing a flag pin in his lapel, but it was less than a year ago that he had to answer attacks on his patriotism for not doing so:

"The truth is that right after 9/11 I had a pin. Shortly after...talking about the Iraq war, that became a substitute for true patriotism, which is speaking out on issues that are of importance to our national security.

"I decided I won't wear that pin on my chest. Instead, I'm going to try to tell the American people what I believe will make this country great."

Over almost two years, they listened, heard and bought back their most precious possession on November 4th. Now Obama's talents as a community organizer will be put to the test on a global scale and, starting next week, he and his helpers will be cleaning house for us.

In the good times and bad ahead, at the very least Americans will be White House-proud again.


Anonymous said...

Books on Barack Obama: As Barack Obama gears up to take oath, a lot of publishers, book-sellers and authors are also gearing up to make some money - by releasing Barackabilia, as the Washington Post calls it.

Stimpson said...

Good post!