Today is the first anniversary of President Obama’s inauguration, but there won’t be any partying to celebrate.

Don’t expect any partying at the White House on Wednesday.

Press secretary Robert Gibbs says nothing special is being planned to take note of Barack Obama’s first year as president. Obama took the oath of office on the steps of the Capitol around noon on Jan. 20, 2009.

Gibbs acknowledged that Wednesday is an “anniversary of types” but says the staff isn’t focused on marking the first year.

Why so serious? After all, the White House has been party central this past year.

In fact, according to the Chicago Tribune, the stylish Ms. Rogers and the party-hearty First Couple hosted no less than 170 parties and social events through December 3 of 2009. And that does not even include the 17 parties and 11 open houses – feting more than 50,000 guests – ABC News reported the Obamas hosted throughout the Holiday Season.

For those not counting, that means by January, 2010, Ms. Rogers had staged one gala White House event every three days throughout the first year of the Obama Administration, making the once austere Executive Mansion look more like party central.

No reason to celebrate Obama’s first year? What could possibly stop the constant partying? Could it be the election of Scott Brown in Massachusetts to fill Teddy Kennedy’s old Senate seat? Could it be that many Democrats and independents who had voted for Obama for President voted yesterday for a Republican for Senate? Could it be Obama’s plans for government take-over of health care are now needing emergency care?

Maybe President Obama has decided to spend more time working this year instead of golfing so much.

Since my last post didn’t list too many accomplishments in 2009 by President Obama, I figured I should give credit where credit is due and list some of the other many accomplishments of his presidency. This list is courtesy of Victor Davis Hanson, as he compares the Obama presidency to something made of china, fractured and glued back together:

Here is a random selection. I provide no chronology or theme. Nor do I judge the relative importance of any one incident. The point, again, is only that each was a fissure, some small, some major—all were glued over. The result is that now the public understands that its china presidency is fragile and held together by mere glue.

Here it goes:

  • Constant apologies abroad for everything from slavery to Hiroshima
  • Bows to Saudi royalty, the Japanese emperor, and Chinese autocrats
  • The on-again/off-again Guantanamo shut-down mess
  • The fight with the former CIA directors
  • The public show trial of Khalid Sheik Mohammed
  • The reach out to Ahmadinejad Castro, Chavez, and assorted thugs
  • The Honduras fiasco
  • Czars everywhere
  • The serial “Bush did it”/reset whine abroad
  • The Queen of England/I-pod fiasco
  • Gordon Brown gets snookered in his gift-giving
  • Unceremoniously shipping back the Churchill bust
  • The end of the special relationship with the UK
  • The New York on-the-town presidential splurge
  • Anita Dunn and her Mao worship
  • Timothy Geithner/Tom Daschle/Hilda Solis and their taxes
  • What ever happened to Gov. Richardson?
  • “No lobbyists” = gads of them
  • The Podestas’ insider influence-peddling empire
  • Sotomayor’s “wise Latina” chauvinism
  • The Special Olympics silly quip
  • Trashing Nancy Reagan
  • The Skip Gates/police acting “stupidly” mess
  • The get-Chicago-the-Olympics jaunt to Copenhagen
  • Cap-and-trade boondoggle
  • “Millions of green jobs”
  • Ignore gas, oil, coal, and nuclear power production
  • Cash-for-clunkers
  • The Joe Biden gaffe machine
  • Jobs “saved” or “created” rather than references to the actual unemployment rates
  • Van Jones, the racist and truther
  • Desiree Rogers won’t testify
  • The blowback from, and silence about, the Rangel/Dodd corruption
  • The White House party crashers plan to take the 5th Amendment
  • The ‘bipartisanship’ con
  • The pork-barrel stimulus spoils
  • The demonization of the Town-Hallers
  • The Acorn Mess
  • The Kevin Jennings/Safe School Czar embarrassment
  • The SEIU direct access to the White House
  • The Asian Tour comedown
  • The politicization of the take-over of GM and Chrysler
  • The Obama readjustment in the order of paying back car creditors
  • Car dealerships closed on shaky criteria
  • Obama as “Caesar”
  • The Emanuel “never let a serious crisis go to waste” boast
  • The Black Caucus/Rangel/Waters bid to bail out the inner-city radio stations
  • Yosi Sergant and the NEA
  • $1.7 trillion deficit
  • The planned $9 trillion added to the national debt
  • New income tax rates; health care surcharge talk; and payroll tax caps to be lifted
  • Rahm Emanuel’s promised payback to those states that trash the stimulus
  • The supposed C-span aired health care debate
  • The promised website posts of pending legislation
  • Czechs and Poles sold out on missile defense
  • Sermons to and finger pointing at the Israelis
  • The failed ‘Putin helps to stop a nuclear Iran’ gambit
  • Voting present on the Iranian reformers in the street
  • Serial but empty deadlines to Ahmadinejad
  • The good war/bad war twisting and turning on Iraq/Afghanistan
  • The months-long dithering over Afghanistan
  • Renditions, tribunals, Patriot Act, etc. once trashed, now OK
  • Health-care take-over
  • The 2,000 page proposed new health code
  • The embarrassing Nobel Peace Prize nomination
  • The attacks on surgeons, Chamber of Commerce, Rush Limbaugh, Fox News, etc.
  • The Islam mythologies in the Cairo Speech
  • The al Arabiya “Bush did it” interview
  • Obama’s TV “my Muslim faith” gaffe

Some comments on Hanson’s blog point out a few more gaffes, and I add a few more that happened after he posted this list:

  • Justice Department drops Black Panther prosecution after winning the case
  • Snubbing the king of Norway
  • Air Force One buzzing New York
  • Firing of Inspector General Gerald Walpin
  • Hubris: “I like being President. And it turns out I’m pretty good at it.”
  • Refusing to call the Fort Hood shootings “terrorism”
  • Telling soldiers “You make a great photo op”
  • Terrorism = “man-caused disaster” / War on Terror = “Overseas Contingency Operation”
  • His constant reliance on the teleprompter
  • Civilian trial for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in New York
  • Golfer In Chief
  • “The system worked” / “The system failed” within 24 hours by Janet Napolitano

At some point, a piece of china placed under much abuse will become more cracks and glue than fine china. But I don’t think we are at that point with Obama’s presidency. And yet it certainly is getting hard to see the presidential china because of all the cracks and glue.

President Bush has had a rocky eight years as President, but who ever promised that job would be a cakewalk? The job of President is a demanding job, and stress often ages the President prematurely. Both President Bush and his predecessor, President Clinton, left office looking significantly more aged than the eight years they had spent at the White House.

Contrary to what you may hear from your liberal friends and relatives, President Bush will not go down in history as our worst President. I do believe that he has been the most hated of our Presidents in the past 30 years. I have often been surprised at the burning, visceral hate the left has harbored for him.

Over time, I believe that President Bush will be appreciated more and more, and eventually he will be acknowledged as a good President, though not a great one. History will someday openly give President Bush the credit for replacing two murderous tyrannies with fledgling democracies and freeing 50 million people. We have to look back to the Presidencies of FDR and Truman for any acts of similar magnitude.

President Bush may also be credited with preventing another attack on American soil after September 11th, 2001. Al Qaeda, after having attacked America and Americans for years with relative impunity, is reduced to a scattered handful of fighters huddling in secret and dying of the plague in caves. And for the last seven years, the War on Terror has seen fewer of our servicemen and women die than in previous conflicts. Our military has accomplished more while suffering fewer casualties than at other times of war. Credit may be given to President Bush and the military leaders under him, and the technology we employ, but mostly to the fine men and women of our armed forces.

I can point to two areas where I believe President Bush failed. First, he failed to rein in the growth of government spending. The $700 billion bailout is just the coda of two terms of rampant spending. Yes, I know that it is the House’s responsibility to draft any spending bills, but President Bush could have chosen to sound the clarion call for fiscal responsibility. He did not.

Second, President Bush failed to communicate his message effectively. He isn’t a smooth talker like previous Presidents, but he should have spent more time making sure that his administrative vision was passed on to the people. He should have passed the responsibility of passing on his vision to people who were gifted with the ability to communicate. He also failed to realize just how much the mainstream media loathed him. When he was attacked unfairly, he should have responded to the critics in self-defense, or let his people do it for him.

But with the passing of the Presidency to President Obama, President Bush’s second term in office has come to a close. And this grateful American just has to say it, even if the mainstream media won’t –

Thank you, President Bush, for your service to our country!