With the onslaught of every new politician into the political arena we see what seems like the same promise over and over, “I’m not like the other guys.” Unfortunately with the passage of time and intensified scrutiny there are few to none that seem to be able to play the game of politics without at least a little stain on their shirts. This also holds true for the highest office, the President of the United States.

Whether the scandal breaks and becomes headlines during their time in office, or we find out about the misdeeds years later (Thomas Jefferson and his slaves and concubines), it seems every president bares a blemish. These tarnishes can range on the scale from relatively harmless, to national or even international blunders. Some of the most famous in history include the impeachment of Andrew Johnson, Ulysses S. Grant’s Credit Moblier and the Whiskey Ring, Warren Harding and The Teapot Dome Scandal, JFK and the Bay of Pigs, Richard Nixon and the famous Watergate scandal, Ronald Reagan and Iran-Contra, and of course Bill Clinton with Whitewater, Paula Jones, and Monica Lewinsky. Our latest president, George W. Bush seems to have racked up quite a few of his own as well, and history will reveal more.

Yet perhaps the greatest scandals come from when the beacons of light fall, and the question on everyone’s mind is will our new president, Barack Obama, fall under the weight and political pressure to unfortunately become “like the other guys?” We are still mostly in the honeymoon stage with President Obama, but already there has been some questioning over his new stimulus plan that contains the unfortunate non-promised weight of pork-barrel spending. He also has his political roots tied into the ever so scandal ridden political town of Chicago, where the Governor, Mr. Blagojevich, was just recently charged with attempting to sell Obama’s senate seat. No clear ties have been made between Blagojevich, and President Obama, or between Obama and the numerous other mayors and scandal ridden politicians of Chicago, yet it is hard for some not to at least question a little. Already some of his cabinet appointments have scandal surrounding their name, Governor Bill Richardson and his selling of state services in New Mexico, and Nancy Killefer, Bill Geithner, and Tom Daschle all somehow having trouble with paying their taxes.

Perhaps it is the weight of the office, or the pressure of the political game in general, that causes even the best of men to fold every once in a while. Maybe it is just human nature to take the easy road out, or the fact all men and women cheat, lie, and steal from time to time, but aren’t always under the fine microscope as our elected officials. Whatever it may be it leaves us wondering, will our new President, elected under an overwhelming promise of change and hope fall victim to the scandalous nature of his predecessors and colleagues? Although history and precedent seem to argue one way, it is enough for now to hope that we the people have elected someone who truly is “not like the other guys.”

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