Letter: Hard to be proud of Obama
In a recent letter, a Bernard Ash suggested we should all be proud of Obama (Monitor, June 5).
While some readers may be convinced by Ash’s urging, many others of us are not. While the office of the president may be entitled to respect, the holder of that office must earn respect.
Ash seems to have missed some of the books on American history if he actually believes that Obama “took office with the worst mess in this country’s history.” I’m nearly 75 years ancient, and easily remember far more difficult challenges to be met by many earlier holders of that office.
One that comes to mind is the challenges faced by President Harry S. Truman in the final stage of a war with Japan he inherited when Franklin D. Roosevelt passed. Further, we seem to all be still waiting for the mess “correction” he suggests that Obama has “resolved.”
I’d further suggest that the only part racism played in the elections that resulted in the Chicago community organizer making it to the White House was that of the African-American community and their anxiety to have a black person elected to the presidency, qualified or not!
My own suggestion is that Ash reconsider holding his breath if he plans to wait for any history books to credit Obama with anything even remotely distant to “a truly great” presidency!