Jim Galloway of the Atlanta Journal Constitution has reported that Rep. Leonard Boswell of Iowa said that President Obama is prepared to be a one-term president to pass health care reform and his energy plan. Wait a second…that sounds familiar. I have been saying the same thing on this blog for a year. Because I am from a rural area, I have a country ability to read people that they don’t teach in MBA programs.
The president has the same look in his eye that Art Shell had when he because the first Black N.F.L. head coach. Shell got the Raiders when that great team was down and Obama became president of this great nation during a rough period. In press conferences, the media would ask Shell play-calling questions other head coaches received infrequently and he would say, “coach’s decision….coach’s decision” and we knew what he really wanted to say: “I have never seen a head coach scrutinized like this.” My friend Butch was famous for telling mall customer service people “waterboy..waterboy, bring me the bucket..if you didn’t want the job..you shouldn’t have took it.” Of course, I am not calling the American president or Coach Shell a “boy;” I am just saying they both look like “I don’t need this aggravation when I am clearly better than many of my predecessors and I am doing the job I was hired to do.”
On June 5, 2008, Senators Obama and Clinton had a private meeting at the home of Senator Feinstein and I told every political junkie I know that my gut told me that a deal was made. The deal would be that Obama would push the reforms he felt necessary to help America and if the nation was not pleased with his service, he would not run again..clearing the way for Clinton in 2012. We should remember that Senator McCain also considered running as a reform-minded one-termer. If I was president and the nation seemed unhappy with my performance, I wouldn’t give a long face speech like LBJ. I would just tell them “you can have this…I’ m out…peace.”
Of course, this topic is moot because the “change” initiatives will hopefully work.