Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Time to move on, gracefully

Last night as I watched McCain's concession speech, I was saddened to hear how the crowed booed mentions of Obama and Biden throughout the speech. I don't remember other concession speeches and I haven't looked them up or done any research to see whether this is normal behavior. I suppose it is. But of course, normal does not necessarily mean acceptable. The election is over. Those who did not vote for Obama may not be thrilled about having him as President, but he won't get anywhere without the support of the whole country. I guess what I'm saying is, get over it. Have some respect for the man who took the majority of the votes.

In the same vein, I was pleased to see this WSJ piece today, pointing out how poorly we've treated President Bush in recent days (or years?). Read it and see if you agree. There's nothing worse in politics than rude, disrespectful remarks that do nothing to build up this country. I hope to see that disgusting attitude (on both sides) die down soon.

8 comments:

3boys247 said...

So, um...You don't want to move to Mexico with us?

Scott Dickman said...

I was bummed at first, but decided last night during the acceptance speech that I was going to support Obama. If anyone can help bring America together, and regain the respect of our allies, it is him. Best case scenario would be if he does a great job and I end up voting for him in 4 years....and that we win the lottery and spend a lot of time with Ben and Laura at our new house in Mexico.

Scott Dickman said...

Very funny, Laura. I'm pretty sure it was one of your kids who told me I should be supporting Obama. I'm sure he told you to, also!

Hillary Dickman said...

Oops, sorry. I didn't realize Scott was still logged in. That last comment was actually from me!

3boys247 said...

Carter was all about Obama while he spent 4th grade at SITW. He returned to our little republican when he came home.

Dad said...

The people have spoken and we will soon have a new President. I for one will support Barak Obama and sincerely hope that he does well which will ultimately help everyone. The Hollywood types showed us how not to act toward someone occupying the most important position in the world.

Hillary Dickman said...

Scott was planning to write a post about this, but still hasn't done it, so I'm going to leave a comment about it. This week we saw, on CNN, commentary about and clips of Elizabeth Hasselbeck's comments about Obama the day after the election. She said something about how "...nobody lost in this election. We are all winners. I will get in the back of a long line of supporters, because I wasn't the first, but I'm on board now, and I will get in a long line of supporters of President Obama."

Great -- she supports him. Everything seems fine until these two goofy women on CNN start their commentary (I'm pretty sure they were both entertainment reporters, which is why I think this rant fits in with Dad's comment about "Hollywood types"). One of them says something like, "Welcome to the light, Elizabeth! Welcome to the side of truth! We're so glad to have you here! We knew you'd come over eventually!" The other woman said something similar, although I can't remember her exact words. Both women were utterly surprised by Elizabeth's comments.

Scott and I watched it and both of us said, "They just don't get it!" No! They don't get that you can disagree with a President but still support him. They don't understand that you can hold opinions that are totally different from a President and still treat him respectfully. Just because Elizabeth said she's supporting him now doesn't mean that she agrees with everything he says and does! It doesn't change who she is or where she falls politically or ideologically. It means that she's giving him the benefit of the doubt, as would be expected of any patriotic American in the same situation!

Grrr...watching that segment made me so mad. It just showed how blind and clueless politics can make some people.

Dad said...

Excellent post! These folks believe there is only one correct opinion and their circle of friends all feel the same way. They further believe that anyone who disagrees with them is either uninformed or just plain stupid. They are completely intolerant of those who do not agree with them. They consider themselves liberal and open to new ideas and tolerance for others, but in fact they practice neither.