It’s the wee hours of the morning after the election. After a historic win that Republicans had failed to contemplate, and after waiting a few hours for Romney to come to grips with his loss, the reelected 44th President delivered his victory speech to the nation. All the major T.V. anchors remained live on air, reporting.
But the men who constitute the Republican leadership were tucked safely in their beds, while visions of a billion lost on a failed campaign danced in their heads.
When President Obama telephoned House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to extend the arm of bi-partisanship and affirm his intent to move forward on addressing the looming “fiscal cliff,” the Commander-in-Chief was unceremoniously told that the pair was “asleep.”
The New York Times reported:
After his speech, Mr. Obama tried to call both Mr. Boehner and the Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, but was told they were asleep.
Who rejects a call from the President of the United States? I can think of some people who might do that – Saddaam Hussein (when he was alive), Osama bin Laden (when he was alive), Kim Jong Il (when he was alive), and perhaps Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. That’s about it.
But, if you are a dedicated public servant, have pledged allegiance to our flag, and have any sense of patriotism or duty – YOU ANSWER THE G-DAMN PHONE WHEN POTUS CALLS, regardless of which party – or which racial background – the person belongs to. You get your butt out of bed, rub your eyes, take the receiver, and say “Congratulations, Mr. President. What can I do for you?”
The potential for Republicans to continue snubbing Obama’s genuine efforts for the foreseeable future emphasizes the need for liberals, progressives and moderates to stay involved in fighting for change past election day.
In his victory speech, Obama indicated that moving Forward doesn’t end with casting a vote in this election. We all have to try a little harder to be involved, and to speak up and take action to uphold justice and protect our values. As Obama put it, we’re moving forward, but it’s going to be “hard and frustrating” at times.
See video highlights of Obama’s victory speech.