Obama and the Meaning of Shared Sacrifice
posted at 10:19 am on August 19, 2011 by Howard Portnoy
Candidate Barack Obama famously said in February of 2008 that “words matter.” His point for once was well taken. Words do matter.
Unfortunately for the president, that bit of wisdom extended onto side #2 of the fortune cookie he extracted it from, which read, “but actions matter more.”
A good leader leads not only by words but by example. Yesterday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost another 420 points. So what did the president do to bolster the confidence of panicked voters? He led by example. With 14 million Americans out of work, he embarked on a “10-day retreat at a 28-acre Martha’s Vineyard compound called Blue Heron Farm, which costs an estimated $50,000 per week to rent.” He went, in the words of usually sympathetic Washington Post columnist Colbert King “to dwell in splendid seclusion among the rich and famous.”
King goes on to ask:
What is he thinking? It’s not as if the Obama family is living in deprivation in Washington.
Without leaving the White House grounds, they have access to five full-time chefs, a tennis court, a bowling alley, a swimming pool, a jogging trail, a putting green and a movie theater that shows first-run films on demand. That’s hardly roughing it.
But words matter. So here are some more of the president’s words:
We will not rest until we are succeeding in generating the jobs that this economy needs. (November 2, 2009)
I will not rest until businesses are investing again, and businesses are hiring again. (November 23, 2009)
We will not rest until we build an economy that’s ready for America’s future. (January 28, 2010)
I’m not gonna rest and my administration is not gonna rest in our efforts to help people who are looking to find a job. (March 5 2010)
My administration will not rest until every American who is able and ready and willing to work can find a job. (July 8, 2010)
One more quote:
And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. (King James Bible)
Welcome to Day 7.
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