January 2009

To the new year and new president | As I was saying …

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To the new year and new president

by Bill Good
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In 1963, Sen. Barry Goldwater paid a visit to President John Kennedy at the White House. Kennedy escorted him to the Oval Office and said: "So you want this f---ing job?"

There are two lessons to be learned from that story. The first is there actually was a time political rivals could have fun with one another (Goldwater and Kennedy planned to travel together during the 1964 campaign to hold debates). The second is, as the writer Gore Vidal said: "Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically, by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so."

As the country prepares for another change in leadership, we offer a toast to the new president and the new year. We do so with more than a little trepidation, knowing the new year and new president are apt to bring surprises.

Was all the rhetoric about spreading the wealth, renegotiating trade agreements, and creating new and expansive government programs just campaign talk, or will we have to prepare to do battle...

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