Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Presidential Privilege 

Critics are complaining that President Obama's secret visit to Afghanistan is nothing but playing politics.  Of course it is.  But, it is a president's privilege to make use of his office in order to influence elections.  Nearly every president has done it (except, perhaps, Washington).   The fact of the matter is that critics' complaints are politics.  It's envy in its lowest form.  They don't want to give a President his due.  So, Republicans complain that the President is "spiking the ball" in celebration of his victory over Osama Bin Laden and his agreement to get out of Afghanistan.  A citizen's response should be "so what?"  We vote for Presidents to make tough decisions and we shouldn't complain about it when they do.  Obama's secret trip is good PR, and it should be recognized as such.


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