Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Do It Yourself

I was always a do-it-yourself kind of guy. Home repairs, car repairs, even building electronics kits, it was fun and a good way to save money. I had a few, like minded, friends in my neighborhood. We all had different skill sets. Together, there wasn't much we weren't ready to try. Good days, back then.

But there are just some things that one cannot do for one's self. As much as President Obama doesn't want to believe this, a President cannot write his own legacy. And a President's legacy cannot be written immediately after he leaves office. 

Legacies are written by historians. The turmoils of a presidential term must be resolved and a little of the dust of time must have accumulated to obtain a proper perspective of any President's successes and failures, as well as his brushes with greatness and ignominy.

Unfortunately for Mr. Obama, many people, myself included, feel that the facts of the past eight years give lie to his constant claims of greatness. At this point in history the shrill claims of his loyal sycophants, as well as his own strident boasts, cloud the issue of legacy.

The liberal press will try to replace historians as the impartial scribes of the Obama years. But they have already failed in their duty to be a source of impartial news for America and the world. They were blind and deaf to what they did not want to see and hear. They will have their own legacy and it will not be kind to them.

By the time Obama's true legacy is in print, I will, most likely, not be around to read it. I think I already know the basics and, for me, that is adequate. I suspect, once out of the White House, he will write his own self-serving version of the Obama years. That will not be his legacy.  Read from an informed point of view, it will be his apology. Note to Barack: You can't do it yourself. 

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