Four Presidents

I find it interesting how hard it is to please the critics of Presidents.

Let me give you some examples.

Democrats mocked George Bush for being a flip-flopper after he famously said, “Read my lips: No new taxes” then he agreed (with the Democrat-controlled Congress) to the biggest tax increase in American history.  Later, Democrats excoriated George W. Bush for refusing to flip-flop on Iraq.  He sent troops in and left them in despite the criticism.

Republicans derided Bill Clinton for being the most poll-driven President in American history.  Particularly on secondary issues (like laws on smoking), Clinton looked to the polls for guidance, and Republicans questioned whether or not he has core values.  Barack Obama has backed positions that have not been popular with the majority (his attack on Arizona’s illegal immigration policy, health care reform, his seeming support for a mosque near Ground Zero).  Republicans now complain that the current President is not sensitive to the will of the people.

All four criticisms are reasonable, and I agree with three of them, but with the two political parties, they can’t have it both ways.

These critics argue on behalf of certain principles until the particulars change then they argue for different principles.

Maybe this is one reason why football is more popular than political talk shows.