Congratulations & Condolences Mr. Obama

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The good news is that Barack Obama was re-elected as President of the United States for a second 4 year term.  The bad news is that Barack Obama was re-elected as President of the United States for a second 4 year term.

Barack and Michele do not have to move.  They get to enjoy the perks of the White House and Camp David for another 4 years.  They are free to continue to vacation in Hawaii at tax-payers expense each Christmas along with all the other perks that come with being the closest thing to royalty that is allowed in America.

Unfortunately, if history really does repeat, Obama is doomed.  Since Eisenhower, every president who has won re-election has had a difficult second term.


One of my earliest political memories is of Lyndon Johnson.  I remember the day that my older brother got his draft notice in the mail.  I was convinced that it was a death sentence.

When Richard Nixon was elected to be president in 1968 he promised to end the war in Viet-Nam.  Like most politicians, his promise turned out to be a lie.  The war in South-East Asia did not end until 1975.  That was when I learned that politicians were willing to say anything in order to be elected.  I guess that I can thank Nixon for being the political skeptic that I am today.

If Nixon had been content to stay a one-term president, he might have a better legacy today.  He failed to stop the Viet-Nam war but he was able to change the path of the Cold War when he visited China during his first term.

Unfortunately, he did not leave on top.  If he had followed LBJ’s leadership, he would have resisted the urge for a second term and history would have remembered him as an international statesman.

His second term as president was filled with congressional hearings and impeachment proceedings because of his participation and attempted cover-up of the Watergate break-in.

According to my parents, “Nixon did nothing that Kennedy did not do.  The only difference is that Nixon got caught.”  I do not know how historically accurate that sentiment was but I do know that I heard it said by more people than just my parents.


After the fiasco of Richard Nixon, the next man to win 2 terms as president was Ronald Reagan.  His first term was the first time that I was allowed to vote for president.

Aside from an assassination attempt, Reagan’s first term was pretty positive.  He picked up with international affairs where Nixon left off before he got himself tangled up with Watergate.

It wasn’t until after the election in November of 1986 that Americans were told about Iran-Contra.  Trading of arms for hostages that took place during Reagan’s first term became public information at the start of his second term.

It was “deja-vue” watching congressional hearings about Iran-Contra.  I felt like a kid again watching coverage of the Watergate hearings.  Whether Reagan had anything to do with Iran-Contra was immaterial.   The thing that mattered was that his second term was plagued by scandal.


Only the politically naive will say that Bill Clinton was not a good president once he moved away from the extreme left.   When he was first elected, both houses of congress were also Democratic.  He could force through whatever legislation his liberal mind could think of.

When congress was balanced with Republican control of the House of Representative in 1994 he moved his politics.  Rather than being an extreme liberal, he realized that he would need to be more conciliatory.  He remained politically left but moved much closer to the center of political thought.  He realized that as president he was responsible to care for all Americans and not just those on the far left.

During his second term it came to light that he had been unfaithful to his wife with an intern named Monica Lewinsky.  That issue was probably best left between him and Hillary.  However, he chose to be president and nothing is private for the President of the United States.

For most of us, adultery is something that remains relatively private.  However, when the President of the United States commits adultery, it is front page news.

In his attempt to cover up his affair with an intern, Clinton crossed a line.  The House of Representatives found him guilty of perjury and obstruction of justice.   They impeached him for “High crimes and misdemeanors.”

In February of 1999 the Senate acquitted him and allowed him to fill out his term as president, however, the damage had already been done.  The name Clinton will forever be associated with Nixon and Andrew Johnson as presidents who were threatened with impeachment over illegal activity.


During George Bush’s first term he was hailed as a decisive leader and caring father figure after the September 11 attack by Al-Quadi.  After he was re-elected, the press turned against him and he was pictured as a bumbling, incompetent clown.

His second term was free of any morality scandals but between the actions and comments of his political foes, he is remembered at best as a boob and at worst as the cause of America’s economic problems during the second decade of the 21st century.


Heaven only knows what the future has in store for President Obama’s second term.  For his sake, I hope that he breaks the trend established by the men who were two-term presidents before him.  If history repeats itself, we are in for an interesting next 4 years.