Thursday, January 8, 2009

Rare Moment in History

It's not often, especially today, to get a moment like this; five (well, four plus the incoming) living Presidents all in one room together. At a time where this country needs leadership, it's nice to know that whether you're Democrat or Republican and whether or not the incoming guy is not of your party, that there are people willing enough to stand together to say that they want a better future for our country.

I have been alive through four Presidential transitions (Reagan/Bush, Bush/Clinton, Clinton/Bush, Bush/Obama) and I can really only remember the last two. I must say that I am quite impressed with the way that this transition has been handled. It's nice to see that President Bush is doing what he can to help make a smooth and successful transition for Barack Obama into the Oval Office. I think that says a lot about the kind of man that Bush is. Whether or not you think he's a good leader or a good President, it does seem like he is a man of character.

I also think that it says a lot about Obama's character and his willingness to look to his predecessors for tips on how to run the White House. Obama could've come in and tried to learn things as he went, but instead he has not only turned to both Bush and Clinton, but also George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter to get their perspectives on life in the White House and how to effectively run the country. It's really encouraging to see someone who is open-minded in the White House, especially during such trying times.


Dave said...

Since President Carter in 1980, Presidents have tended to set aside politics and do as much as they can to provide a smooth transition. The transition from Trueman to Eisenhower and from Eisenhower to Kennedy were not cordial. Also, in their last two months outgoing Presidents tend to become more reflective, and engage in interviews and activities designed to help shape how people will view their presidency.

Joanne said...

Let's pray that Obama's character is allowed to flourish as he takes on leadership, and that what appears to be his exceptionally strong leadership skills is not quashed.

Evie said...

I would love to have been a fly on the wall in that room. I'll bet the conversation was fascinating.

Barbara said...

you and me both, Evie.