I sat in front of the TV last night and knit as our president made his State Of The Union speech. I thought about how I used to try to listen to Bush doing his and how after about ten minutes of his marble-mouthed destroying of the English language, not to mention his deceitful gaze and blatant lies, I would change the channel or go wash the dishes or go take a bath with plenty of bleach in it.
But last night I watched every moment. I watched Obama's face, my knitting laying in my lap, I watched the faces of Biden and Boehner behind him. Biden looking as merry as he always does, Boehner looking as if his head might explode at any second. I watched the members of Congress do their aerobic dance of standing up and sitting down to applaud. Well, the Democrats. Not so much the Republicans who mostly refused to stand even when Obama said things that no one in their right mind could find fault with about our people, our country, our planet.
No one in their right mind being the operative phrase here.
I've seen a few presidents. I've lived through some administrations. And if I've ever seen a president who represented the people I know and love better than President Obama, I do not remember.
Even Bill Clinton and god, I loved him.
And beyond that, the man can speechify. And he's just a damn good looking man. And he makes sense. And he calls 'em as he sees 'em. And he put the ball in the Republican's court. And he is the very essence of cool. And as this article says, he is out of fucks.
Which may be a beautiful thing.
The most beautiful thing of all.
Yeah. He ran two campaigns.
And he won both of them.
Good morning from Florida where the things he proposed could certainly change a lot of things around here for the better. Were the Republicans listening at all or were they trying to merely keep their heads from exploding, trying to keep their shriveled excuses for hearts from expanding by one molecule of human kindness?
We shall see.