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By Tom Toles

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Great new idea with endless preamble!

I have a great new idea that no one has thought of yet. If you have a great new idea that no one has thought of yet, it's not a great idea. If it is a great idea, someone has already thought of it. If it actually IS a great new idea that nobody has thought of yet, you won't tell anybody until it's too late. If you do tell somebody before it is too late, they won't listen. If they do listen, they won't remember that you were the one who told them. If you remind them, they'll deny it. That having been said, here's my great new idea that nobody has thought of yet.

History just may show that Obama had a great first term. But in a process not unlike the first paragraph above, he won't get credit for it until it's too late. The jobless numbers alone are likely to sink him. So he should govern as a one-term president and not run for re-election. Then later, when history catches on, he should run for a second term!

It's actually a plenty ridiculous idea. But on the infinitesimal chance
that this turns out to be what happens, you heard it here first. You did so! --Tom Toles

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By Tom Toles  | June 21, 2010; 12:00 AM ET
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Posted by: tradeshoes04 | June 24, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Many in the news media have said that President Obama has been in "campaign mode" since day one of his administration. I get a hint from your "idea" Mr. Toles that you sorta kinda wish that President Obama had become President during better times. During a time of budget surpluses or debt that we could handle. That President Obama could start out his administration with a big fat shiny new Federal credit card. Why not try this? We have Obama/Biden this time. They run next time as Biden/Obama. The one after that back to Obama/Biden, and so forth. I just frightened myself. Scratch all that. Then of course there is the Hillary factor. But I don't think that she would ever settle for being VP.

Posted by: bobbo2 | June 21, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

It might have worked in some past day, before TV, radio and LOOOONNG before the Internet, but it won't work now. If BO is a one termer, that's all he'll ever be. He'd never get a second chance "later". Assuming he even has a chance now. If (and that's a big if) the economy turns around under BO, then he might win a second term, but what I am hearing from folks outside the Beltway deaf zone (deaf to anyone and anything outside the Beltway) things are not looking good at all.

Regardless of whether it helps or hurts BO, I hope for our country's sake that the economy gets better soon.

Posted by: ATrueChristian | June 21, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Well there you go again, Mister Cartoon Man. Over-stating the obvious and under-stating the past – America’s Great Forgotten Past. You’re right about great ideas having been pre-plucked from your imagination by some know-it-all, and in this case the shake-down from past thinkers happens to have been President #22 and President #24 – Grover Cleveland. And even though James Buchanan (P#15) has been over-credited with having been our only bachelor President, it seems that Grover Cleveland was a bachelor when elected for the P#22 White House spot. Not to be outdone, his more famous successor, Teddy (Woops, there I go skipping William “Yo!!! Duck!!!” McKinley) the first of the Roosevelts, ran in 1904, won; took the next term off and then ran again in 1912. Meanwhile, back at the White House, Taft was making his name as our largest President, the only one with a custom-made bathtub. (Taft was also our only President whose first name was actually “William,” but chose to go by the name “Howard.”) Even Millard Fillmore, after completing the term abandoned by the dead President Taylor, headed back to life in Buffalo leaving Franklin Pierce in charge; only to later rely on his White House record by inaugurating a (failed) come-back in 1856 with the slogan: “Peace, Prosperity and the Fugitive Slave Law.” (Pierce, a Democrat and the only President who was actually booted from his own party, unwittingly provided a good share of the gene pool from which Bush #43 would materialize. Fortunately P#43 has completed his limit, for which we can thank our Twenty-Second Amendment and his “Heavenly Father.” Pierce may also have spared P#43 from going down in history as our “worst president,” a position which FP still appears to hold.) So yes, great ideas are pretty much someone else’s re-treads; but the trick is to claim credit way louder than some wise guy whose agenda is to make you look bad -- and him good.

Posted by: dudeupnorth | June 21, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

But I still my remember my 4th grade English teacher telling me not to start sentences with the word "But."

On the other hand, what do I infer when someone references, [the] "foreseeable future"... does such a thing exist even for a second?

Posted by: lambcannon | June 21, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

I don't know Tom. Perhaps after eight years of Alvin Greene's historic administration no one will even remember Obama.

Posted by: sherm1 | June 21, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Economic Boom?

Perhaps - but employment is STILL an lagging indicator.

Take a clsss, Mr. Toles. Learn the economics.

Posted by: GaryEMasters | June 21, 2010 8:06 AM | Report abuse

Great new idea?

Well it is a good idea, but perhaps Mr. Toles never lived in Texas or learned Texas history - then he would have perfected his idea. (It was Ma and Pa Ferguson) First run the guy and establish the story line. Then later on let his wife run and restore the "family administration."

Had they counted the super delegates properly, Hillary Clinton would have demonstrated the process. But Michelle can do the same.

Mr. Toles - now you are thinking.

Posted by: GaryEMasters | June 21, 2010 8:03 AM | Report abuse

A reporter once asked George Bush. "Are you not worried about you will be historically remembered." His reply was "Not at all". I really do believe that great ideas and visions for the future are only being presented in the interest for those who are in power. I also feel that many of those in power believe that history ending events are developing far beyond any one's control.


Posted by: JONAHandtheFISH | June 21, 2010 7:38 AM | Report abuse

Montgomery County, like most counties in most States, has spent all the money it takes in and creates programs that are based on revenue always increasing. Surprise! Sometimes the economy tanks and revenue drops, sort of like President Obama's chance of a second term. Teacher Unions and other Public Sector Unions have contracts that States and Counties cannot afford. And should not afford. Our tax dollars are a finite sum, politicians should understand that and stop spending us into further unsustainable obligation. However I am sure that if the economy starts running on all eight cylinders again the politicians will spend again like never before. Oops, maybe I should of said if the economy starts running on it's electric hybrid motor. There, that's PC.

Posted by: bobbo2 | June 21, 2010 6:41 AM | Report abuse

Nats next win? Please foresee.

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