Obama & Reagan

Obama & the Gipper

January 20, 2008
LETTER TO THE EDITOR| Wall Street Journal


I just read your editorial piece “Obama and the Gipper”. How astounding that Senator Obama received such flack over this. It is indicative of the poor state of the Democratic Party that so many of their folk went ballistic over a relatively simple statement that makes such sense. “This week, Barack Obama had the blaspheming temerity to acknowledge that Reagan was a transformational President.”

Well, Ronald Reagan was just that, a transformational President. Many may not like the transformation he performed. But, how can they logically dispute that he did, indeed, cause great change? I’m sure that much of the Democrats’ consternation had to do with the. “and in a way that Bill Clinton did not”, ending of the sentence. I’m sure they did not lose sight of the fact that Hillary Clinton was Bill Clinton’s help mate in their substantial failure to achieve change.

Which brings us to the point of whether Obama’s “seeking change” is enough. For me, for now, it is. His willingness to hear what so many of us are telling him, and to react the way he has, is an attitudinal change from The Clintons, in and of, itself. “And, it says something about the breadth of his political ambitions that he would do so”. You said that, and you are absolutely right. Obama will be able to attract a team that can effectuate meaningful change.

I was fortunate enough to have served in the Reagan Administration, in two separate capacities. Before that I was a political appointee of Governor Reagan. What seemed to impress those of us who served him, most of all, was his ability to lead, and his “mother wit”. He didn’t always have the answer. He pretty much left it up to “you smart fellas” to get done what needed to be done. He trusted, but, he verified.

I could be a “Black Republican for Obama”, if the young man keeps this up. He’s a “pretty smart fella”, himself.

Respectfully submitted,

Henry T. Wilfong Jr, MBA, CPA
President, National Association of Small Disadvantaged Businesses

Hank Wilfong Jr.
  1. Hank Wilfong said:


    JANUARY 23, 2008


    Let’s not forget who said it. And let us not be cowed by it. The Wall Street Journal called it “Obama’s Clinton Education”. Sen John Kerry called it “Swift Boating”. John Kerry’s letter to Obama supporters insinuated it to be “Republicanesque”. But, the Wall Street Journal called it like Marlon Brando told Al Pacino in Godfather, “It was Barzini all the time.” In this case it was the Clintons all the time.

    The sniffling in New Hampshire; the “supposed” threats to union workers out in Vegas; the Swiftboating that Kerry referred to it’s the Clintons all the time. Now, it’s some nebulous “threats to folk who support Billary”. C’mon folk, ain’t you used to the fact that the Clintons will say and do, whatever it takes to get elected. They will rake Obama’s name through the mud about with “teenager indiscretion”. Obama admits that he was young and unwise. Bill Clinton claimed he did not inhale.

    We applaud Barrack Obama’s desire to change “the politics as usual” syndrome. The “Washington tactics” are what some folk seek to call it. In his speeches, Sen. Obama refers to “some folk” who will say anything to get elected. “It was Barzini all the time”. That’s what Cordeleone said. “It was the Clintons all the time, is what we say.

    Let us call it like it is. “You gotta do what you gotta do.” That’s what Bubba said. And, he’ll (Bill Clinton) do exactly what he said…..we’ll bet he inhaled, by the way……..

    THERE IS CHANGE IN THE AIR…and we want to be a part of it…..we hope we won’t let nobody turn us ’round…

    The struggle continues, until we succeed-and we shall,

    Henry T. Wilfong Jr., MBA, CPA
    President, NASDB
    Current or Former Positions:
    Three-time Appointee of Governor and President Ronald Reagan
    Pasadena, CA City Councilman
    Member, Bush-Cheney Transition Team-SBA Advisory Group
    Member, Department of Energy, Small Business Advisory Committee
    Associate Administrator for Minority Small Business/Capital Ownership Development, SBA
    Member, National Council on Policy Review-Black Capitalism
    Member, Presidential Task Force on International Private Enterprise
    Member, California Council on Criminal Justice
    Member, NASA Advisory Council
    Chair, NASA Minority Business Resource Advisory Committee

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