"Politicians are like diapers; they need to be changed often and for the same reason."
― Mark Twain
I'm writing this column one day before the election. By the time you read it, the results will be in.
I'm sure that Barack Obama will win the electoral vote and I'm pretty sure that Mitt Romney will win the popular vote.
More Americans will vote for Mitt Romney than for Barack Obama but in the end Barack Obama, with the electoral vote, will be president again.
Did I hear someone say "God help us?"
That said, Obama ran a brilliant campaign. His record was dismal. We had and will continue to have high unemployment . . . more Americans living on food stamps . . . more families earning less than they were four years ago . . .
He forced Obamacare down our throats against the wishes of the majority of Americans.
His "Al Qaeda is dead" was his version of Bush's "mission accomplished."
Benghazi proved how wrong he was. Yet his administration, with the help of the press, covered up his cover-up with a fable that four people were killed as a result of a movie.
So how did he win?
He successfully demonized Mitt Romney, a good man who would have been a great president.
The press went along with it. They spent weeks talking about Romney's treatment of the family dog . . his career at Bain . . . Big Bird . . . the bull crap about the "war against women."
The press concentrated on everything but Obama's dismal record and the fact that after four years he has no plan for the future other than taxing the wealthy for their "fair" share.
Obama relied on many smart Democrats to drink the Kool-Aid.
If you're a Democrat you saw the real Romney and the real Obama in the first debate.
Then you allowed the media and God knows what to cloud your minds. If ever there was a time to cross party lines, it was during this election.
Too many smart people, whom I respect, went to the polls knowing they were going to cast a vote for a man who has failed the country and gives every indication he is going to turn this country into a second-rate power financially, where your kids and mine are going to pay for his mistakes.
He successfully sold class warfare and will now work to redistribute wealth -- yours and mine.
You're not better off now than you were four years ago, but in four years you will look at this time as "the good old days."
Am I disappointed? Half the nation is disappointed. But let's look at it in the proper perspective. It's an election. We lost. It's not the end of the world.
Compare it with those poor people in New Jersey and Staten Island who lost their homes and their lives to Hurricane Sandy.
The woman whose two small children slipped out of her hands and were lost forever in the middle of a deadly wind.
The two children who were playing in their home in North Salem and were crushed to death when a tree hit the house.
The old woman on Staten Island sifting through mud where her house once stood, looking for and retrieving her wedding picture from years ago. The only possession she has left in the world.
There are so many sad stories. This is what is truly important in our world.
By comparison, this election is just another blip in history.
The other day, while driving out to the Hamptons, I listened to my first book on tape. It was Truman, about the life of Harry Truman, by David McCullough. It was great.
Truman never went to college. He was just another Senator who was chosen by Roosevelt to be his vice president.
Then Roosevelt died suddenly. Truman was in office a few days when he made the decision to drop the atomic bomb on Japan to save the lives of many American soldiers.
He led the nation to prosperity when everyone thought we were headed for a post-war recession.
He saved a starving Europe with The Marshall Plan.
He stopped the spread of Communism with The Truman Doctrine.
He recognized Israel and became that nation's greatest friend.
As I drove, I contrasted Harry Truman with Barack Obama.
When Truman came into office, hardly anyone thought he was up for the job. This was a small, nondescript man with thick glasses, a terrible flat voice and probably, of all the presidents before and since, the worst public speaker in the nation's history.
Barack Obama, on the other hand, came into office with the whole world cheering him on. He promised us hope and change. He's handsome . . . dynamic . . . has a great speaking voice and is a wonderful speaker.
When the smoke cleared, it was obvious to me and should be to you that Truman was a great president and Barack Obama is a dud.
He's our president for the next four years and did I hear someone say "God help us?"
Oh yes, I did. It was me.
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