Now come on…..are you going to tell me THIS is the SAME OLD POLITICS? I don’t think so!
Now, I understand why some of you feel differently about the current bill, and I’m happy to take my lumps on this side and elsewhere. For the truth is that your organizing, your activism and your passion is an important reason why this bill is better than previous versions. No tool has been more important in focusing peoples’ attention on the abuses of executive power in this administration than the active and sustained engagement of American citizens. That holds true — not just on wiretapping, but on a range of issues where Washington has let the American people down.
I learned long ago, when working as an organizer on the South Side of Chicago, that when citizens join their voices together, they can hold their leaders accountable. I’m not exempt from that. I’m certainly not perfect, and expect to be held accountable too. I cannot promise to agree with you on every issue. But I do promise to listen to your concerns, take them seriously, and seek to earn your ongoing support to change the country. That is why we have built the largest grassroots campaign in the history of presidential politics, and that is the kind of White House that I intend to run as president of the United States — a White House that takes the Constitution seriously, conducts the peoples’ business out in the open, welcomes and listens to dissenting views, and asks you to play your part in shaping our country’s destiny.
I don’t agree with Obama’s decision but I respect it. And RESPECT, dear friends, is what has been lacking in the Presidency for decades.
And I appreciate him taking the time to address this position in detail. Goodness knows, we have had 8 years of our POTUS saying “he is the decider” and “it doesn’t matter what the American Public thinks”.
The POTUS is SUPPOSE to be the representative of ALL the citizens of the USA but GW has been ANYTHING BUT! Oh sure, he has represented the wealthiest citizens well, but the Average Joe has been screwed royally by this elitist SOB!
I feel better after reading this although I would prefer that he hold out and settle for a beter bill. But I understand the POLITICS behind his vote and I appreciate that he cared enough to explain it.