Why would anyone want to be president?
By Paul Moomjean 12/08/2011
As the presidential campaigns continue to move forward, I have been asking myself the same question after every allegation, scandal and criticism: Why would anyone want to be president?
Right now Herman Cain, after having a terrific October with GOP voters, is fighting for his political future after numerous allegations concerning possible marital affairs. The Ginger White accusation of a 13-year affair comes right after sexual harassment charges by other women from Cain’s Godfather Pizza days. So far, nothing has really been established. The rumors and stories come flying out, the media talks about them in 24-hour news cycles, and the poll numbers drop. Regardless of whether they are true or not, Cain’s reputation and presidential chances are ruined. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if the stories and allegations are true or not. If they are true, then he will step aside and become a late-night talk show joke. If they aren’t true, he will still be looked at as suspicious by the American people and, sadly, his family.
Cain is trying to stay hopeful, but news already broke about his wanting to back out, and his recent comments don’t really bode well for making a comeback. “They’re attacking my character, my reputation and my name in order to try to bring me down,” Cain recently told a crowd of supporters. “But you see, I don’t believe that America is going to let that happen.” What America has he been living in? The saddest part about “Caingate” is that this might stop other conservative African-Americans from running for the highest office, out of fear they will have their names run through the mud. Clarence Thomas went through this in the early 1990s and now Cain is getting the same treatment.
America is a very forgiving nation, but we don’t forget. Bill Clinton had similar issues to deal with, but his scandals still haunt him, even after a solid eight years in the White House. He’s still a punch line for the Lenos and “Saturday Night Live”s of the world, even though he has gone on to be a solid ambassador for the United States.
Then there is Newt Gingrich, who has been called out by Southern Baptist leader Richard Land to explain his marital affair. “Mr. Speaker, if you want to get large numbers of evangelicals, particularly women, to vote for you, you must address the issue of your marital past in a way that allays the fears of evangelical women,” wrote Land in an open letter. “You must address this issue of your marital past directly and transparently and ask folks to forgive you and give you their trust and their vote.”
First off, Newt Gingrich doesn’t need my forgiveness; he needs his ex-wife’s forgiveness. And after Gingrich explained that he had sought forgiveness from her and from God, Land pushed further by begging Gingrich to “promise your fellow Americans that if they are generous enough to trust you with the presidency, you will not let them down and that there will be no moral scandals in a Gingrich White House.” What a self-righteous statement. Obviously, Mr. Land is not familiar with “he that is without sin … let him first cast a stone.
And by the way, letting down the American people is apparently what American presidents do best. Just ask President Barack Obama.
Right now Obama is hated on the left. Chris Matthews, who once sang his praises, recently trashed him for not wanting to meet with fellow politicians. The Wall Street Occupiers are using lingo like “corporate puppet” and “sell out” to describe the once beloved president. His poll numbers continue to slip, and if this continues, he may need to replace Joe Biden to get some momentum.
On top of all this negativity, Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman have to deal with defending their religion, Michelle Bachman was mocked horrifically on the Jimmy Fallon show, and Rick Perry is still trying to figure out the third government program he wants to cut. Let’s remember, we are electing people. Not robots. Perfection is not an option.
So I’ll ask again: Why would anyone want to be the president?