“We have nothing to fear but fear itself.”
That was Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
After the attack on Pearl Harbor he called the day of the attack “A day that will live in infamy.”
There was no “catastrophe.”
After John Kennedy’s PT boat was cut in half by a much larger enemy warship, he gathered together his stranded crew and swam with them — carried some — to an island and safety.
Then he walked out on to a coral reef and swam into the sea lanes, night after night, to flag down a passing friendly ship and rescue.
He even carved a message on a coconut.
No wringing of the hands and no “catastrophe.”
And while president, JFK said, “Ask not, what your country can do for you. Ask what you an do for your country.”
FDR also faced the most severe depression in American history and he created a string of jobs programs and “stimulative work,” the WPA, CCC and a bunch of other programs. None of that eneded the depression. World War II ended the depression.
But FDR never declared a “catastrophe.”
Obama: where’s the hope? When will you roll your sleeves up and go to work with Republicans on the stimulus?
Speaking to a room full of Democrats at a Spa last night was a great photo op, I guess, of President Catastrophe. Because the catastrophe is maybe Mr. Obama thinks he doesn’t need to work with Republicans because “I won.”
I know what FDR might say about Obama’s trip to the Spa yesterday. “If a President of the United States goes to a Spa and he doesn’t have polio he had better have a good excuse. And he had better have all the more important work done.”
“The world doesn’t stop to let presidents’ learn,” said historian and former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich on NBC’s Today Show this morning.
Sadly, there is some obvious learning that needs to be faced — here and now.
John E. Carey
Wakefield Chapel, Virginia