I thought it would be good, 24 hours before Barack Obama kicks off the biggest party in Washington D.C.’s history, to reflect back 8 years to throw out some cautionary perspective. Come on the wayback machine with me…
# 1 President Bush took office with high expectations. He was the no nonsense conservative outsider who was going to bring pride back to the White House. Sound familiar?
#2 We were all sick of Bill Clinton. OK, maybe not everyone. But the news hounds were crying about last minute pardons and whether or not Bill Clinton would be further prosecuted for his breaching the law while in office. Sound familiar?
#3 Bush was a reformer. He had a proven track record in Texas. With a republican majority in Congress and a couple of Supreme Court justices getting ready for retirement, happy days were ahead for the republican party. Sound familiar?
#4 Bush was a centrist. He talked a lot of trash about working with democrats. His “No Child Left Behind” action was right out of the democratic playbook. (Minus the money to make it happen.) But when it came to picking his cabinet it was all hard core conservatives. Sound familiar?
#5 Bush was a populist. As Bush took office, people celebrated! Inaugural balls “for the people,” tax cuts for everyone, and magical checks in the mail were very popular moves. Sound familiar?
#6 Clinton was openly mocked on every channel. As the Bush presidency began Saturday Night Live, David Letterman, and Jay Leno all lined up on a regular basis to make fun of Bill & Hillary. As Bush took office the media showed a lot of respect. The Bush twins were off-limits to the media and seen as innocent lambs. Sound familiar?
#7 Democrats hung their heads in shame. In 2001, the democrats were clearly not in power. The more they fought for Al Gore and the more they complained about how Bush stole the election, the more the public said the democratic party is out of touch. Sound familiar?
This all reminds me again of God’s people. Our hope isn’t in government. Our hope isn’t in a leader. Our hope isn’t in our church. Our hope isn’t in the economy. Our hope isn’t in our family. Our hope is only in Jesus.