- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 20, 2009

James G. Watt, President Reagan’s secretary of the interior, said, “Let Reagan be Reagan.” In much the same vein, it’s time to let Obama be Obama. He ranks among the smartest officeholders we’ve ever had and has surrounded himself with equally capable advisers. His ambition to date is to improve life for Americans and those who one day will become Americans.

It’s regrettable that conservatives seemingly want this president to fail, as evidenced by the campaign to discourage students from listening to his motivational broadcast on education though President George H.W. Bush and Mr. Reagan similarly delivered such addresses. During the eight years of Mr. Obama’s predecessor, President George W. Bush, the United States found itself the laughingstock of the world. Now that we have a president of considerable intellect and international respect, we may once again become the international butt of all the jokes because of our partisan political cheap shots against him. We also run the risk of becoming a second-rate power because of this craziness. It’s time to let Mr. Obama be Mr. Obama and restore dignified dialogue where differences of policy exist.

ALLAN R. MARSHALL

Manassas

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