AS a conservative, I want to thank Barack Obama for what he has accomplished as a man, and what he has inadvertently done as a president.
First the personal.
His mother's nomadic lifestyle meant that he was often the only black kid in school - I have been an only white kid in class - and in Indonesia, he may have been the only American to boot.
Obama resisted the temptations of youth - OK, he has admitted to some drug abuse while at Columbia - to graduate from an Ivy League school and to later acquire a law degree from Harvard, where he was elected class president.
He is another example of any boy growing up to be president.
Many are the presidents who were born in log cabins and many had stepfathers, most recently Bill Clinton and Jerry Ford, both of whom had their names changed to that of their stepfathers'.
Being the one in a million who makes it to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. may not have been unprecedented, but that does not make the climb easier.
Ask those who followed Edmund Hillary up Mount Everest.
Running for president as a black man took courage. While I believe charges of white racism are overblown in the country, the fear is there.
But I have political reasons to thank him.
Obama keeps proving conservatives right.
His denunciation on the campaign trail of President Bush's foreign policies - particularly the war in Iraq - and subsequent adoption of them proved just how wise President Bush was in the prosecution of the war on terrorism.
Obama's breaking of his promise to close Guantanamo Bay's prison also shows that Bush was right.
Obama's sudden embrace of the very military tribunals he once scorned does my heart good and our nation proud - and proves Bush right again.
For all his rhetoric about tax cuts for the rich, the Bush tax cuts stayed in place throughout his one - and I think only - term.
Sadly, Obama has also adopted Bush's failed policies.