Getting Over Yourself

November 5, 2012

How much power does a President have to keep promises?

Filed under: Observations — Barbara Rocha @ 11:49 am
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I don’t quarrel with candidates making promises to the electorate. At the very least some of them give you an idea of what’s important to them–or to their followers. But I do have a problem with climbing all over whoever the President is for not fulfilling all of them. Too many surprises await a President upon taking over the office.

With the best of intentions, George W. Bush was blindsided in moving forward with his big ideas by the attacks on September 11. And, I believe Barack Obama thought he could bring down the unemployment rate until the reality of the actual condition of our economic situation became clear.

Not only that, you have the extreme edges of your own party insisting that you add to the gridlock and not willing to support you, as well as the extreme edges of the other party vilifying you. It’s a wonder anyone wants the job and that anything gets done.

I think most of the people who seek the office really want America to be “all that [it] can be.” And if all those adamant about getting their own way would be willing to get some of their way and cede some, we might actually make progress. The President is only one-third of the equation, and often taking the “bully pulpit” is the most powerful part of the job.

Whoever wins tomorrow, it’s going to be a squeaker (from all appearances). And things will go better if we don’t all implode over not getting our own way.



  1. Eminently reasonable perspective.

    Comment by rapsheetblog — November 5, 2012 @ 11:51 am | Reply

    • Wouldn’t it be great if politicians and electorate alike could work from a reasonable perspective instead of the more narrow focus of self-interest?

      Comment by Barbara Rocha — December 21, 2012 @ 8:27 am | Reply

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