On Tuesday night, the president presented himself as an even-keeled, intelligent, centrist political leader who values all Americans and can see all sides of an issue. He praised America’s free-enterprise system and explained that although he supports reasonable measures on gun control, he believes in the .
He was not the leftist community organizer that he has acted like for the past several years.
respected Senator Kerry, I also supported the liberation of Iraq.
I was incredibly disappointed in the Democratic Party’s decision to oppose the war, and there was an air of arrogance and anti-American sentiment echoing throughout the convention hall. There was, however, a silver lining in the words of a then-Illinois state senator named Barack Obama, who was running for U.S. Senate:
“The pundits, the pundits like to slice-and-dice our country into red states and blue states; red states for Republicans, blue states for Democrats. But I’ve got news for them, too. We worship an awesome God in the blue states, and we don’t like federal agents poking around in our libraries in the red states. We coach Little League in the blue states and yes, we’ve got some gay friends in the red states. There are who opposed the war in Iraq and there are patriots who supported the war in Iraq. We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us are defending the United States of America.”
Those words left me with hope that the Democratic Party had not completely adopted the virulent anti-Bush perspective and lies illustrated in “.”
Despite Obama’s bipartisan words, the visceral hatred for President Bush continued, and that November I voted Republican for the first time in my life.
It wasn’t long before conservative columnists and investigative journalists began painting him as a closet socialist, someone with an unsavory agenda of pushing the United States toward a central planning system. Eventually, reports surfaced that Obama had promoted “wealth redistribution” on multiple occasions.
His relationships with former Weather Underground activist Bill Ayers, his