I remember when George Bush spent $42 million in private funds for his 2005 inauguration. What an outcry there was. Now, four years later, and in the midst of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, Barack Obama is going to spend $170 million for today's festivities. And no one is saying a work. Why? Because it's an historic event. It's simply amazing what the human mind can justify under the right circumstances.
Despite this, I'm looking forward to today. No, I didn't vote for Obama, but I know that when I wake up tomorrow, all of the world's ills will be cured. On January 21, say goodbye to world hunger. Adios to global conflict. The financial crisis that has gripped our country will simply disappear. My 401(k) will suddenly quadruple overnight.
The local economy, so heavily influenced by the auto industry, will see Ford, Chrysler and GM once again on top of the world. Our taxes will be slashed. None of us will have to pay for health insurance again.
Tongue-in-cheek aside, the notion that a man named Barack Hussein Obama could be president of this country on September 12, 2001 is as far fetched a notion as any ever conceived.
However, the policies that George Bush enacted kept our country safe and paved the way for Obama's ascension to the White House. You may have not liked how he got there, but there's no denying the results. If there had been another terrorist attack closer to 2008, there is no way that Obama wins. In fact, there is no way that he is even a viable candidate.
When Obama gives his acceptance speech today, he should not exclude the one person who held this country tight and kept it safe, allowing Obama to enjoy this "historic" day: George Bush.