As we wind down (or up) to January 20, my colleagues (have been bemoaning one thing or another, and saying “Well, President-Elect Obama will inherit this or that (the economy, the war in the Middle East, etc.) but no one seems to say, “that doggoned Bush (or whoever is really responsible) screwed things up royally). It is as if Bush never existed and Obama is responsible for this hot mess. The cynical hope my ilk (danged reporters) bring…is unnerving. That is why I am thankful that bloggers and columnists exist. My email buddy Susan Porter sent two articles our way this week so I pass them along to you.
Blogger Andrew M. Manis is concerned about the preoccupation with assassination talk:
When are we going to get over it?
Excerpt: “Having grown up in “Bombingham,” Ala., in the 1960s, I remember overhearing an avalanche of comments about what many white classmates and their parents wanted to do to John and Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King. Eventually, as you may recall, in all three cases, someone decided to do more than “talk the talk.” Since our recent presidential election, to our eternal shame, we are once again hearing the same reprehensible talk I remember from my boyhood.”
Also, this January 4, 2009 editorial in the NEW YORK TIMES byOp-Ed Columnist:
A President Forgotten but Not Gone
Excerpt: “The last NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll on Bush’s presidency found that 79 percent of Americans will not miss him after he leaves the White House. He is being forgotten already, even if he’s not yet gone. You start to pity him until you remember how vast the wreckage is. It stretches from the Middle East to to and even into the heavens, which have been a safe haven for toxins under his passive stewardship. The discrepancy between the grandeur of the failure and the stature of the man is a puzzlement. We are still trying to compute it.”
Susan really sends some great things I would other wise miss, like this special on PBS tomorrow: The Old Man and the Storm http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/katrina/
It comes on January 6 (Tuesday) on TV or online.
Susan, I am honored to be on your email list. I know if I look at it or download it, it will be worth my while.
In other news, today is our eldest son’s birthday. Happy Birthday, Ravi! He’s the artist, and the one that gave us those two beautiful grandchildren.
We heard from the youngest son in Capetown today who had just come back from hiking 3 hours up Tabletop Mountain there in South Africa. Last time he was there 2 years ago, he spread his grandfather’s ashes. Jaaye reminds me of me at his age, loose on the world.
Take care all and check out those links! It sure beats debating whether or not Steve Harvey and Katt Williams really have beef. Although that clip in today’s EUR was funny.
As always, comment if you will…
Leimert Park, CA