Obama scores big in the first 100 days


Doug Wead Thumbnail 125xWell, my dear consevative, Republican friends. I hate to tell you because you aren’t going to like it but history is going to applaud Barack Obama’s first 100 days. Neither you, nor I, nor the Fox News Channel can do one thing about it.

Of course, the main reason is that most historians are leftists, who are deeply suspicious about Democrats, let alone Republicans. But even beyond that, history rewards “doers” and punishes those who sit. Even when “doing” is disastrous and “sitting” is the epitome of wisdom. It doesn’t matter folks. And you add to that some fancy footwork, brilliant, in the recent foreign trips, like Turkey, were he punched all the right buttons and rang all the right bells and you have yourself a nice start.

“Well,” you say, wringing your hands and spitting all over your monitor in anger at your fellow conservative blogger, who has afterall warned you that he is also a contrarian, “How can you say that? He is cutting the net worth of the rich in half.” (Which is really okay,since they long ago abondoned the GOP and are now mostly Democrats anyway, using liberal causes to pass new social regs to handvcuff their small business competitors.) “And he is going to wipe out the middle class with inflation.” Which is surely coming down the track. Toot! Toot! Chug, chug, chug. With no promise that all the extra monopoly money, taken from the box and put into play will really make a difference for the poor.

Okay, all you say may be true. It may also be true, as the new UCLA study shows, that FDR’s policies extended rather than shortened The Great Depression. But try telling that to history. The historians rank FDR among the greatest of presidents because history likes action. And if after all these years they still can’t agree on whether FDR’s policies worked they will never agree in our lifetime about the policies of Barack Obama. So don’t count on closure.

Now, the last time they had a great depression there was the communist revolution in Russia and the rise of the Fascists in Italy and Germany. Maybe something like that will happend and Obama will get blamed.

Don’t count on it. I am in Kazan, Russia as I write this and I have been all over the country and every city has a Lenin statue and a Lenin street. Now it is true that history doesn’t like Hitler or Stalin, who did a little too much, but here in Russia they still revere Lenin who, when you think about it, did quite a bit of damage himself. Oh well, like I say, history rewards doers

So if you are a conservative Republican you are out of luck. Sorry. Unless Obama carts off several hundred thousands of people to concentration camps you will have to bite you lip and lock yourself in the closet and scream. Like it or not, historians are going to give Barack Obama a “win” for his first 100 Days. Doesn’t mean he is right, Doesn’t mean the American people will not react to the most liberal administration in history and say “enough,” it just means that history likes a doer and this president has already done a lot.

Source post: http://dougwead.wordpress.com/2009/04/27/obama-scores-big-on-first-100-days/

About Doug Wead
Doug Wead is our presidential historian and frequent guest blogger here on CLC. You can see more of his work here: Doug Wead's Blog

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