Soon after President Barack Obama was elected in 2008, Sen. Mitch McConnell, leader of the minority Republican Party in the U.S. Senate, declared that the aim for the Republicans was that President Obama should become a one-term presidency!
Five years later, to the day, Sen. Mitch McConnell, Republican from Kentucky, was publicly on record as instrumental in enabling President Obama to avoid the financial cliff!
Perhaps one should be more careful in expressing impossible objectives. Yet, I am sure that President Obama and his colleagues are appreciative of McConnell’s contributions.
Lesson: However attractive — never rush to judgments!
Clovis Maksoud is a former ambassador and permanent observer of the League of Arab States at the United Nations and its chief representative in the United States for more than 10 years. As a journalist, Maksoud was senior editor of the daily Al-Ahram in Cairo and editor-in-chief of Al-Nahar, an Arabic-language weekly published in Beirut.