CHICAGO, November 24, 2011 –It’s the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and, in homes across the country, Americans are just now recovering from the festivities. On Thursday, Americans drowned their economic woes in dishes of sweet potatoes, platters of once gobbling turkeys, and pumpkin pies laced with whipped cream.
They’re just now starting to come out of the tryptophan-induced mellowing that is Thanksgiving. They’re starting to pile back into their cars, buses, trains, and planes after gathering with their families in celebration.
Gathering to remember what
Unfortunately, for many Americans, that means a lot less than last year and the year before and the year before that.
But this Thanksgiving is significant in another important respect: this could be Barack Obama’s last official Thanksgiving as President of the
By November 6, 2012, Obama could be a lame duck president. By November 2013, someone else could be pardoning those presidential turkeys. And, over the years, this president has had quite a few of those. Someone else could be celebrating Thanksgiving dinner with friends, family, and various Solyndra VIPs. Some other First Lady - an Ann Romney, Callista Gingrich or a Gloria Cain - could be finalizing the White House holiday decorations.
But that is not the only reason we, as Americans, would be thankful.
If Mitt Romney is elected President, Americans would be thankful for a president who actually understands the free market and values it. They would be thankful for a president with a proven track record of success in private business – his net worth is $250 million - and chief executive experience as a governor of
We would be thankful for a President who would never apologize for
If Newt Gingrich is elected President, Americans would be thankful for the former House Speaker’s grasp of foreign and domestic policy. Formulating public policy, understanding its consequences, and navigating it through Congress has been Gingrich’s stock in trade.
Over twenty years plus years as a legislator, Gingrich’s aggressive style earned him both friends and foes inside and outside the Beltway. But with congressional gridlock threatening
Even the President’s most passionately biased defenders have criticized his lack of leadership on critical issues such as the debt ceiling and the super committee failure. President Obama used to give MSNBC’s Chris Matthews a thrill up his leg but no more. Just last week, Matthews complained, “I hear stories (from members of Congress) that you will not believe. Not a single phone call since the last election.” That isn’t leadership.
But a President Gingrich, with his demonstrated hands-on management style, would be calling and lobbying members of Congress. Americans would be thankful that the Commander-in-Chief wasn’t another Turkey-in-Chief.
But if any of the GOP presidential candidates were elected President – Herman Cain, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, Michelle Bachman, or Rick Perry – Americans would be thankful that their president understands the fundamental concept of responsible governing. That it isn’t about golf, photo ops, teleprompters, or misusing taxpayer-funded Air Force One for a date night or for a lavish trip to
Americans would be thankful that their new President understands that the
Americans would be thankful that we aren’t
That would truly be something to be thankful for.
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