It is simple for journalist and columnist to write critical essays about our President’s foreign policy. However, it is occasionally important and necessary to explain that we are all on the same team and that we merely differ in our paths to the goal. Their must be deeper consideration for the complicated and often misunderstood process of how our sovereign leaders must navigate the treacherous foreign waters abroad. It’s obvious from the statements released by the Whitehouse regarding Poland’s recent tragedy that President Obama is very mindful of how delicate and sensitive this situation has become. We must look through a broader lens of what President Obama inherited once he began his presidency on Januay 20, 20009.
Few Presidents have ever faced such extraordinary challenges – on day one! To enter office with an unprecedented global economic crisis, multiple hot wars and a resilient transnational threat focused on bringing our way of life to a cataclysmic end is nothing short of legendary. Yes, past Presidents have faced wars and economic downturns, but few, if any, have ever faced the converging of all of these events simultaneously on your first day in office. Even Roosevelt on his first day was afforded the opportunity to first change the economic course of the United States before being forced into the war to end all wars – well – so he thought at the time.