John Adams' Prayer and the Myth of Obama's Bad Intentions

Michael Medved

2/14/2011 3:21:16 PM - Michael Medved

John Adams, the first president to live in the White House, prayed: “May none but honest and wise men ever rule under this roof.” It’s obvious God granted a mixed response. In terms of wisdom, some who ruled the White House certainly fell short—Franklin Pierce comes to mind, or Jimmy Carter. But as to honesty, every president worked hard, seeking the best for the country and a positive verdict from history. Even scandal-tarred administrations like Grant and Harding featured well-meaning chief executives who didn’t personally gain from corruption around them. That’s why claims that Obama wants to inflict deliberate damage to America is so misguided, associating our current leader with utterly unprecedented malevolence. It’s more effective to question Obama’s competence and policies than to impute dark motives that characterized none of his predecessors.