Sunday, August 17, 2008
This photograph was taken in 1976, and shows President Ronald Reagan (image Courtesy of the Ronald Reagan Library). I can remember when Reagan was president. I was a young man in college at the time. What I can remember most is that I always felt safe when Reagan was president. I felt like there was a man in charge with his eye on the ball, and that no matter what came up in the world, Reagan could take care of it. Carter was president when I was in High School, and I always felt very unsafe. It was not a political issue . . . at the time I really did not care about politics, I just had this uneasy feeling that the man was not up for the job, and I feared he was being manipulated and out-maneuvered by the Iranians during the Iranian Hostage Crisis.
I watched the presidential forum last night with Rick Warren at Saddleback church. First, I was immensely impressed with what Rick Warren did . . . I thought it was a great venue for learning more about the candidates. I appreciated the fact that both Rick and the audience were respectful of both candidates, and that it was a chance to get a better perspective on the two men.
With that said, I have to tell you that I am not really happy with the choice we have for President this year. I find it hard to believe that either of these two people would be best qualified to lead us through the immense challenges we face in the world today. Barack Obama is a profoundly gifted orator. But, when you get past the moving sound bites, I find him woefully naive about the threats and challenges we face in the world today. I find John McCain to be an honorable man who has served his country well. I respect him, and appreciate his service. At the same time, I can not help but wonder if he still has the fire-in-the-belly needed to be President. I am sad to say, that I worry that he might be a tired old man, or might be a tired old man by the time he is a few years into his term. I wish we had a choice like John Chambers, T. Boone Pickens, Jack Welch, or [Pick your favorite Successful Corporate Executive].
Again, I am not expressing a political opinion, I am just saying that I dont see the two men running for president as being gifted Leaders.