There is long-standing tradition within the American presidency that preceding occupants leave behind three sealed envelopes, labeled “Economy”, “Domestic Policy”, and “Foreign Policy”
…and if there isn’t, there should be.
Within each envelope are recommendations from the previous president on what should be done in the event that situations arise in these three realms by which the newcomer is stymied. The Bush-to-Obama transition was no exception. President Bush had prepared these three special envelopes for Barack Obama, and left him with strict instructions not to open them except when it looked like his presidency was on the ropes.
…and if he didn’t, he should have.
Well, it wasn’t long before Obama opened the first one labeled “Economy”. Obama was on the verge of proposing the largest combined spending spree ever concocted by a US president. We can easily confirm that there was only one piece of paper inside and it said only,
…and if it wasn’t like that, it should have been.
A few months later, he opened the second when he was dealing with the public’s reaction to his healthcare reform bill. That envelope again contained only a handful of words,
“Blame the other party!”
…and if it didn’t say that, it should have.
Now, I have it on good authority that Barack Obama has just opened the third and final envelope on Foreign Policy, right after his claim of single-handedly killing Bin Laden. One would think that ol’ George must be psychic or something, because the third envelope said these three words,
“Prepare three envelopes!”
…and if it wasn’t exactly like that, it should have been!