I spent most of Martin Luther King Jr. Day watching the inauguration ceremonies. When I look at our president, I see a superbly educated, intelligent and capable man who inherited an economy that was in ruins, an auto industry that was near bankruptcy, and two wars being fought on a credit card.
On the night of his inauguration in 2009, the leaders of the Republican Party met in secret to plot their strategy, which was not to cooperate with the president in any way on any issue. As Mitch McConnell so clearly stated their number one goal was “to make Obama a one-term president.”
Well, they implemented their strategy as the party of “hell no” for four years, and in November 2012 that strategy was overwhelmingly rejected by the American people by almost 5 million votes.
The economy is now recovering while one war is over, and the other is winding down. As a popular bumper sticker says, “Detroit is alive and Bin Laden is dead!” We have had 36 consecutive months of private sector job growth and automakers are adding employees across the country to meet the demand for their new cars and trucks. The stock market is at near an all-time high and the country is moving strongly forward.
Recent speeches by Kentucky’s junior senator, Rand Paul, suggest that the “birthers” and the “bitter-enders” plan to continue their slide into oblivion and irrelevancy while America moves on into the future.