I often hear how OUR President has embarrassed us and OUR Country but, I dare say that he has brought no more embarrassment to our country than the citizens have.
I may not like all of the decisions that have been made but, I can promise that I didn't agree with all of the decisions past Presidents have made either. The important thing to remember is that we don't know what he knows. In other words, we are not privy to the information that he has, but are only told, basically, how the press has spun it or how opposing politicians want us to hear it. OUR President has far more knowledge of the current events than any of us have, yet we are foolish enough to open our mouths and spew an opinion based on our limited information. I swear this Country was better off before the internet, when we weren't poisoned by instant media and opinions by those what had an ulterior motive.
The fact remains that OUR President is just that. OUR President!! Whether you voted for him or not, the majority spoke and he was elected. To be fair, I didn't vote for him but, I also didn't vote for the Republican candidate either. But...I did vote, as it is still my right to do so.
I am a US Navy Veteran and as such, I was trained to follow lawful orders, without question. In other words, it was not within my discretion to question a lawful order just because I may not agree with it. The same applies to when I gained rank and I gave lawful orders to those below me in my Chain of Command. I expected those orders to be followed, although I was open to suggestions to complete the tasks if someone had a better idea. The bottom line was that the mission had to be completed, whatever that mission was.
When I served aboard a US Navy warship, the "Skipper" was in command. We did what he told us to do, although knowing that he was also taking orders from the higher ups in his Chain of Command. We followed those orders as given. Sure, we might not have liked them but, they were lawful orders. We would never criticize or condemn OUR Skipper's orders or decisions. We, over 350 men, lived on a Guided Missile Destroyer that was just a little over 400 feet long and 35 feet wide. Morale was a very important part of shipboard life. If we criticized the decisions made by our Skipper, we would have damaged the morale, making it fragile and weak. Besides, who would we have voiced our criticism to? Certainly not those senior to us as that would have been a bad reflection on our selves. And certainly not those junior to us as that would have poisoned their minds, showing a weakness that we do not support our Skipper.
OUR President is OUR Commander in Chief. We may not like everything that he has said or done but, to publicly criticize him weakens us as a society and as a Nation.
I love this Country and I support the Office of the President and what it stands for. President Barack Obama is OUR Commander in Chief, whether you like it or not. As such, he has my respect that comes with the position of being the President of The United States of America. He should also have the respect of every citizen of this great Nation.
Perception of other Nations as to how they view us is still vitally important and it is up to each of us to do what's within our power to keep that perception positive. In doing so, we will always will be, The Land of the Free...and The Home of the Brave.