Last Friday President Barack Obama placed a wreath at ground zero honoring the victims of 9/11.Â The ceremony was quiet, peaceful, respectful and short.Â There was no talk of postmortem photos or DNA evidence. No discussion of whether bin Laden could have or should have been taken alive.
"I just want to tell him thank you, for taking out this killer, for never giving up," said John Gates, a retired New York firefighter who served on 9/11 and lost a cousin in another unit and 12 members of his own unit, Ladder 3.
The previous night 5 potential 2012 Republican presidential candidates showed up for first GOP presidential debate in Greenville, S.C.Â To say that the President was the only notable politician showing any maturity and leadership last week would be an understatement.Â This is what was discussed during the debate.Â These were the visions and plans of the potential Republican leaders.
Libertarian Representative Ron Paul explained why heroin and prostitution should be legal and why the Department of Homeland Security should be eliminated.
Retired pizza executive Herman Cain explained why the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) should be abolished and why people who would allow abortion in cases of rape and incest are "pro-choice."
Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson argued for eliminating the minimum wage and corporate taxes, and cutting Medicare nearly in half.
Former Senator Rick Santorum attempted to explain why he criticized "radical feminism" for working women and why he said Islam was "stuck in the seventh century."
Former Minnesota Governor declared the United Nations a "pathetic organization."
The only good news for the Republicans to come out the this debate is that no one covered it other than Fox News.Â If major media outlets such as CNN, MSNBC, Reuters or the Associated Press had covered this dysfunctional debate, President Obama be a shoe-in to win the 2012 presidential election.
The only thing all 5 agreed upon was their opposition to President Obama.Â Cain defended his claim that Obama's action on gay marriage is "bordering on treason."Â Paul defended his proposed call to end all foreign aid, including Israel's, saying it's not as if "every Jew in this country believes we ought to have the policy we have."
Despite all the efforts at undermining, de-legitimizing, dehumanizing, and weakening America's duly elected 44th President Barack Obama, it's now clear that he is America's only reasonable choice to continue leading the nation.
Mitt Romney, Donald Trump and Newt Gingrich were notably absent from the debate.Â Romney has yet to figure out how to explain "Romney-care" to potential Republican voters.Â Donald Trump can't get beyond being a "carnival barker" and a reality TV show host. Newt Gingrich is still trying to spin his way out of his philandering ways after being exposed as a hypocrite for his vicious attacks on former President Bill Clinton after the Monica Lewinsky affair.Â
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