Last Adios from our Supreme Commander in Chief


The Disassociated Press


By Eric Mader


Partial transcript of a radio address from the White House, January 19, 2009:


. . . .Yep.  It's the end of an era.  New day dawning.  Time to shift gears.  New man at the helm. 


Now I know there are those will say . . . What will they say?  I've heard some of it.  Fact is we had tough decisions to make. And we made those decisions. We deliberated long and hard beforehand too, let me tell you.  Some of those meetings dragged on for more than an hour.  I can't speak for everyone of course, but I myself, I get kinda antsy sitting there while they all keep goin' over the same ground, all of 'em saying the same thing over and over in different ways.  So finally I had to take a stand.  You would of too.  No sense talking everything till you're blue in the face.  Besides, it was me the people of this great nation put there at the head of the table, wasn't it?  And I'm not one to shirk responsibility.  Least not any more.  Cuz I'd been there, done that. I'd taken that path, and finally said, "No, not for me.  Not any more thank you."  Cuz I was given a little lift up.  A little glimpse of the light and a little helping hand from One who doesn't let you down.  And I wasn't about let the American people down either. 


So there I was, sittin' there at the head of the table, and a decision had to be made.  And I'd be darned if I wouldn't make it.  Course some of 'em sometimes would start in with their "buts" and their "howevers" and all, but one thing I'm not is a man who listens to these buts and howevers.  Never have been.  No, I'm a decider.  And most of the time I'd already decided.  That's what I'd tell 'em too.  "Stop your hemmin' and hawin'.  I've already decided!" 


Once they heard that they knew the course would be set right there.  They knew from then on we'd stay the course too.  They knew it because by then they knew who was sittin' at the head of the table.  I was, cuz the American people put me there. 


Fact is we were answering to a Higher Authority, hearing a voice from a higher Whirlwind.  If that voice is on your side, then no man can stand against you, am I right? 


I've said it before and I'll say it again: History will judge how we did.  Right now the talk may be one way, but history will eventually weed and sift things and the talk might come out another way. 


But now the reins are going to another man.  And he's a good man too, a man with a smart wife and two beautiful kids.  I wish him the best.  I know he'll have to make tough decisions like I did, and sit through those meetings like I did, and I know that finally he'll have to decide.  Cuz that's what we're made of, men like him and me: we're deciders. 


But he'll face disappointments too, let me tell you.  When you're sitting on the highest chair in the land, disappointments are sure to come.  People will let you down.  They let us down, Dick and Don and Condi and I.  Us in the loop, I mean.  Folks didn't always do what they should have.  A lot of folks.  It's something that isn't pleasant to talk about, but there it is.  They let us down. 


Saddam sure let us down.  You can't count on that guy for anything.  I always told the American people he was a liar, he couldn't be trusted.  And I was right.  There he was sayin' he didn't have any more WMD and of course we knew he had to be lying.  But go figure--that was the one damn thing he wasn't lying about!  We thought he'd at least have some of the stuff around.  We knew he couldn't have all the stuff we were saying he had, but at least he had to have some.  But the bastard couldn't even be trusted to lie about the one thing he should of lied about.  So in a way he was actually lying by not lying, see?  They're slippery, those guys.  Comes with the turf over there.  Most of 'em, you can't trust 'em even to lie straight. 


But it's not just Saddam I'm talkin' about.  Cuz some of the folks here at home, they let us down too.  Yes, our own people, fellow Americans.  Like some of the folks on Wall Street, folks we thought we could trust.  I mean, when we pushed through all the financial deregulation, got rid of some of the old rules, it was to make the economy stronger, not to give a green light to every scheme these clowns could cook up.  Along with the freedom of fewer regulations should come responsibility, am I right?  That's not how these folks saw it.  These CEOs--who'd of thought?--they all started behavin' right off like their main business in life was making money.  It's crazy what some of 'em got up to.  The more you look into it, it makes your head spin. 


So disappointment: that's how it makes you feel.  My successor, as I've already said, I'm sure he'll find some of the same disappointments I did.  Because people don't do what you expect.  That's a fact, and it's one lesson I've learned from my time in this office.


But still we have to keep on, keep fighting the good fight.  We have to keep fighting even though we're switchin' gears.  And we are switchin' gears here, we're turnin' a new page.  Yep.  It's a proud time for our nation, I really believe that, a time of new beginnings.  And I'm confident we'll meet the challenges like we always have, cuz we are a special nation, a nation that loves liberty like no other.  We are a blessed nation. 


I want you to know that I've always considered it a privilege to serve as your Supreme Commander in Chief.  But I'm at the end of my show, I won't try to deny it.  So tonight is the last time I'll be addressing you as your leader.  We had some good times, we had some bad times.  It was a heckuva show we had together though, wasn't it?  We won't be forgotten any time soon.  And in the end history will judge how we did. 


But I got to sign off for now.  Got to move on.  Got to hand the reins to the next hombre.  Cuz that's the way it is in America.  So adios and good night.  And God bless ya.







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