Rosario Marin: You Are No Abraham Lincoln, Mr. President

I was in Mexico last week and a reporter asked me what could be expected of another four years of an Obama administration. My simple answer was: “more of the same.” By all indications from his inaugural speech, I hate to say it but I wasn’t wrong.

His speech virtually guarantees more of the same partisan gridlock. Sadly, there was no mention of bipartisanship as there was in his first inaugural speech. I take it he decided that was not something he wants to invest his time in. Instead of unity we will have an even more divided Washington, even more so than four years ago. Simply put, that is an indictment of his lack of leadership.

His speech made it clear that we will have to brace ourselves for more years of failed Democrat policies that have crippled our economic growth

- Rosario Marin, Former U.S. Treasurer

His speech made it clear that we will have to brace ourselves for more years of failed Democrat policies that have crippled our economic growth, four more years of an ever expanding government that cannot be paid for, and four more years of increasing national debt.

Four years ago there was the excitement of a new, young and charismatic president. Almost 2 million people gathered around Washington to be part of history. This weekend official figures put it at 700,000 people. Not quite an exciting rendez vous. Quite frankly those figures only reflect the sad reality of the excitement long gone. Let’s recall that President Obama got five million fewer votes in his reelection than on his first election. Disappointment and fatigue permeate this country.

Astonishingly, the president didn’t even mention the economy as the most pressing issue facing our country and just glossed over the issue with the mere words that “the economy is recovering.” Really? Please say that with a straight face to the 23 million people still out of work, and please acknowledge that you have no real plan to deal with it. 

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In Washington, our hardworking Congress and Senate made a big deal about the movie Lincoln. I understand the timing of the release curiously coinciding with the reelection and inauguration of our current president. Great efforts have been made to liken President Obama to the Republican President Abraham Lincoln. To be sure, President Obama even went as far as using the former president’s bible during his swearing-in this weekend. 

Except for his loony media supporters who love to compare him to our beloved Republican President Abraham Lincoln, the American people cannot and will not be fooled. And in the words of a famous Democrat senator, all I can say is: Mr. President, we know Abraham Lincoln, we have seen his works, his legacy is one we are very proud of, and you, Mr. President, you are no Abraham Lincoln.

Rosario Marin was the 41st Treasurer of the United States and is co-chair of the American Competitiveness Alliance.

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