President Obama ought to make the same statement as Lyndon Johnson made some 40 years ago- that he will not seek re-election. Johnson, of course, was deeply embroiled in the Vietnam War and most people already knew that he would not be able to win the next time around. The verdict is not in on Obama yet, but he needs to make a similar statement and then move on to really helping out this nation in the remaining years of his presidency. That act would be one of the most ‘patriotic’ moves ever in the history of this nation.
Our country is in a mess. Period. Two wars, a gulf filling with oil, fiscal chaos, rampant unemployment, an impotent Congress and an angry, confused electorate. Although he may not solve each of these problems as a self-imposed lame duck, President Obama could make significant inroads into the solution of many of them if he is unencumbered by the usual political nonsense and obligations attached to a first-term president.
Will he? Who knows for certain, but such an act, a sacrifice like that, may not only reap untold benefits for our nation, but perhaps on Mr. Obama himself for his courage and conviction.