Last week a very important Senate election was held in which Democratic candidate (Coakley) was upset by Republican candidate (Brown). The vote was particularly important because it sent a message that the majority of the population, most commonly associated with the Democratic party, favored Brown who is against health care reform and believes economic stimulus should be the priority. This tells President Obama that his own party members are not all backing his Health Care reform plan since Brown’s election to the Senate will definitely result in one more vote against it. One such voter, Victoria Vigna, is a prime example of a Democrat who voted in favor of Brown in last week’s election. While she supports President Obama and believes in him, she simply decided that Brown was the better candidate for the job. Unfortunately for the Obama health care reform plan, Vigna was not the only Democrat who thought Brown was the best candidate for the job. In turn, members of both parties agree that the party lines are kind of a mess right now and there seems to be a lot of arguing that needs to subside if anything is going to get done. Ultimately, the popular consensus was a vote that shocked the political lines, a vote that will no doubt cause Obama to second guess the direction he takes the country in. The good news is that Obama supporters still show a strong level of support for him and believe in his ability to make the right decision that is best for American citizens. As thorough and as careful as Obama is, he is unlikely to make a decision that is not backed with strong support from expert advisers and a vast majority of the U.S. population. His next couple of moves will show the type of character he possesses and his ability to handle obstacles that lie in his course of action. The expectation is that he’ll be just fine. We have to keep in mind that there is always going to be strong voices of support and opposition when it comes to decisions that involve policies as large as the health care reform plan.
Bill Clinton and George W. Bush are spearheading a fundraiser relief effort for Haiti at the request of President Obama. While Bush said he doesn’t miss the spotlight, he says he believes his role post presidency is to use his resources to help where he can. He believes the immediate goal for the relief effort is to save as many lives as possible and then develop a strategy from there. Bill Clinton said that his role Post Presidency is not to tell the current President [Obama] what to do but to show up and help when asked to do so. Together they should be able to raise a significant amount of money and resources for Haiti. It’s a very unique situation to see them working together. However, despite the fact that they do not always agree on everything, they’ve always considered each other good friends. In this particular case, they do not have to worry about choosing political sides since they both agree that the right thing to do is help Haiti in every way possible.
Read more about Bush, Clinton and gain a perspective from Clinton’s counselor, Doug Band, on the collaboration of the two by following the embedded link to the NY Times article.