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  • From: "Sarah Alawami" <marrie12@xxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2009 18:57:08 -0700

We shall see I guess. 

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I agree, I am not sure though if the agenda of Obama supports this.

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On 13/04/09 15:48, Sarah Alawami wrote:
> I think that the president should be one of us, a leader, a teacher, a 
> person who makes mistakes and does not get chastised for them, a 
> person who is a self starter and who is willing to research and is not 
> afraid to ask questions if need be.
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> Subject: What say you?
> Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2009 09:39:12 -0700
> From: Edwin Cooney <edwincooney@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: <edwincooney@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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>
> Hi All,
> Do you have in your mind an image of the ideal President of the United 
> States? Did you once have one but have found that time has blurred or 
> obscured it? If so, why? Have you changed? Has America sufficiently 
> changed thus bringing this mental distortion about?
> I confess that my image of an American president is that of a leader 
> and teacher, much like the one described in early 1961 by the late 
> Senator William J. Fullbright of Arkansas. He described our president 
> (supposedly young Jack Kennedy) as being our teacher and moral leader.
> (I'm sure you can find the full quotation somewhere on google.) It 
> just seems to me that leadership invariably involves teaching. It 
> requires the teacher him or herself to be learning through observation 
> and analysis and passing on that information to you and to me.
> Thus what's below. Your assignment, whether or not you ever turn in 
> your homework, is to decide for yourself whether there is or should be 
> an ideal presidential image. Has there always been and should their 
> always be? Can it be avoided? If it's real because American citizens 
> and people of other lands have one, how in your view does it effect 
> our ability to get along in the world?
> Here's hoping that you'll enjoy what's below and consider doing your 
> homeowrk assignment. Teacher will be waiting!
> Thanks for reading and considering what's below. I'm grateful for the 
> time you take to do it.
> Warm Regards,
> E.C.
>
> MONDAY APRIL 13^TH , 2009
>
> THE PRESIDENT'S IMAGE
>
> BY EDWIN COONEY
>
> Just a few days ago, one of my readers sent me an interesting little 
> article about President Obama's television watching habits. The 
> president appears to be such a big SportsCenter fan -- favoring both 
> college and professional basketball -- that he avoids the 24/7 news 
> cycles. He never listens or watches reruns of his own news 
> conferences, town hall meetings or speeches. Thus, one gets the idea 
> that President Barack Hussein Obama is just a regular guy.
>
> It's often observed that modern Republicans prefer the presidential 
> image of a Commander-In-Chief on foreign policy issues and a 
> business-oriented Chief Executive Officer on domestic matters. Their 
> memory of President Ronald Reagan's dignified eloquence and idealism 
> makes him the GOP's modern presidential role model with additional 
> kudos to Ike, Teddy Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.
>
> Democrats, on the other hand, are said to favor a "Philosopher King", 
> someone with just enough majesty to guide the people without appearing 
> "above" them. FDR and Truman are the modern Democratic role models - 
> different as they were.
>
> Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Harvard-educated, possessed a Brahmin accent.
> Nevertheless, he spoke plainly and directly to the American people 
> beginning that Sunday night of March 12^th 1933. He sat behind radio 
> microphones and addressed the people from the Diplomatic Reception 
> Room of the White House. His topic was the purpose and scope of the 
> bank holiday. FDR's mostly Sunday night talks came to be known as 
> Fireside chats. On the other hand, Harry Truman--short, trim and gray 
> with wire-rimmed spectacles-spoke with a combined Southern and 
> Midwestern accent. He addressed his country's foreign and domestic 
> crises with his words often coming forth in a staccato rhythm.
>
> In 2000 and again in 2004, George W. Bush was the people's choice over 
> the "wooden" Al Gore and the "rigid and aloof" John Kerry because he 
> was "the kind of guy with whom anyone would enjoy sharing a beer".
> So, because we more readily identified with the image created by the 
> plainspoken Texan, we chose him as our leader. He was one of us.
>
> Thus, as we approach the third month of a new presidency, the question 
> is what is President Obama's overall image? He has just returned from 
> his first trip abroad where he apparently impressed his G-20 heads of 
> state brethren, wowed the intellectuals and media of Europe, and 
> assured the Turks that Americans would never go to war against Islam.
> He reassured our troops in Iraq that he appreciated them for all of 
> their accomplishments--insisting that a grateful nation owed them much 
> in the way of education and health care--and told them that their 
> Iraqi service time would soon be over.
>
> Conservatives insist that President Obama is everything from a Marxist 
> to an Islamic-Fascist. Liberals and Progressives, for the most part 
> (but with some exceptions on the part of populists who fear assistance 
> to corporations), still consider the president as having the makings 
> of a political messiah.
>
> As for this observer, I like him for his steadiness, his capacity for 
> flexibility and for his overall outlook. I like his assertion that 
> even with all of the vexing problems a president faces (such as AIG 
> executive over-compensation, North Korean aggravation), he can't 
> afford to govern from anger.
>
> Even more, President Obama seems to operate from understanding rather 
> than judgment. Unlike his predecessor he doesn't confuse approval of 
> an individual head of state or system of government with legitimacy.
> He seems to comprehend that behavior rather than propaganda or even 
> outlook is what all governments, ours included, should be judged on.
>
> His critics will continue to paint him as an elitist, a spendthrift 
> and a socialist -- and that will be the kind things they say! His 
> supporters, for the most part, will cut him slack offering the benefit 
> of the doubt, softer criticism for his inevitable mistakes and praise 
> for his successes. Both of these perspectives, as Jimmy Carter used to 
> point out, "go with the territory' of the presidency.
>
> Some of us, who invariably enjoy linking baseball to American 
> political life (as well as with life in general), might get some 
> perspective out of the following: A number of years ago, there was an 
> infielder for the San Francisco Giants who boasted that he had seven 
> given names. They
> were: Alan Michael Edward George Patrick Henry Gallagher. (He was also 
> called "Dirty Al Gallagher-but we can generously put that aside.)
>
> Hence, my ideal presidential image is: Abraham Teddy Delano Kennedy 
> Carter Reagan Obama. How's that for inter-political presidential image 
> breeding?!
>
> RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED,
>
> EDWIN COONEY
>
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