No crisis of confidence

Welcome to the era of calm. Brought to you by the people who brought you pilot Chessley “Sully” Sullenberger and President Barack Obama.

Sully was calm under pressure saving 154 lives when Flight 1549 made that emergency landing last month in the Hudson River. Obama remains cool under pressure to try and save livelihoods of working Americans. Granted, Obama’s duty isn’t the immediate task of saving lives, but it is — what he likes to quote Martin Luther King as saying — the urgency of now.

Obama has taken his show on the road, first in Indiana, and thenTuesday in Florida, where he told an enthusiastic crowd “Doing nothing is not an option. You didn’t send me to Washington to do nothing.”

While Obama’s stimulus plan passed in the Senate, only 3 Republicans voted for it. The GOP is playing the Howard Beale character in “Network” thinking they are “articulating the popular rage.” Never mind that it’s the Rush Limbaugh-Fox News rage that wants to see anybody who isn’t of their mindset fail. Like Beale in that movie people are saying “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore.” But as polls are indicating, they’re saying that in reference to the status quo. To Reaganomics — The Gospel According to the Gipper.

It’s the era of calm — and the GOP is making it out to be the calm before the storm. That may end up being the case, but taking the risk may turn out to be its own reward. Obama may be a little too upbeat for some peoples’ taste, but he sure is hungry to get started. And he can still draw a crowd, deliver a potent speech and sell his case to the American people. At this early stage in his presidency, George W. Bush was on vacation clearing brush on his ranch in Texas.

The honeymoon is still on with Obama and the American people — and with the press, for the most part. With the GOP, the marriage was annuled the same day. Would you want to share a honeymoon suite with Orrin Hatch?

There is no shortage of confidence with President Obama. Leadership is called for — not a wait-and-see how Saint Ronnie’s voodoo economics casts a spell over this recession from h-e-double hockey sticks.

Rush to judgment Limbaugh said soon after Obama was inaugurated that he hopes the president fails. Gov. Charlie Crist, a Republican from Florida, no Rushlican or Republimbaugh he, said “Obama’s my guy now” when it comes to getting America back to work.

Now that’s a patriot’s act.

Here in California we’re taking unpaid furloughs so we can help each other save our jobs. Granted, it’s a forced furlough, but no one’s going to argue that it’s an attempt to keep us employed. Most of us remained calm when we got the news. Calm is in the air — as is confidence and being upbeat. Like The Beatles sang, “it can’t get any worse.” Actually it could, but we’re taking it day by day. Those who thought they were above someone else — whether it be pay grade or management — are on equal footing. It’s tough being expendible when you’re dependable.

There’s a calm guy in the White House who has had a string of good luck over the last year. Just the same, Obama may want to ditch his chief of staff Rahm Emanuel in the Hudson and keep Sully around. You could never have too much good luck.

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