Monday, January 28, 2008

A Duck Walks up to the Podium (or, Ed has a cold and this is all he can think of today)

Tonight begins the long line of lasts for George W. Bush. Tonight will be his last State of the Union address, heralding his final year in office (actually we're already well into that), and leading up to that glorious January day when the mantle of power will pass from him to some other, unquestionably better, President of the United States.

It's wrong to relish the irrelevancy of others, I know. But with Rudy slipping in the polls (thereby making the only person even less suited to be the leader of the free world now quite the long shot, I can say with confidence the next one should be a vast improvement), I feel so much relief these days. The dark clouds are parting, and regardless of who wins (and it looks like four people stand a good chance, three of whom would be historic firsts [first woman, first black, first Mormon]), there's no doubt in my mind the Executive branch will become more responsible and accountable in the future. It's hard to imagine it being less so.

So it's with a lighter heart and, despite the turbulence on Wall Street that spells uncertainty for us all, a renewed sense of optimism, I'll be watching that lame duck walk up to the podium this evening and quack his little heart out. I won't take anything he says seriously, mind you. I'll merely enjoy knowing we won't see him up there in that capacity again. Buh-bye, as they say...don't let the door hit you where the good Lord split you.

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11 Comments:

Blogger David said...

three of whom would be historic firsts [first woman, first black, first Mormon]

I understand why people are excited about these firsts, but I'm more focused on another one: first President with a brain during this millennium.

1/28/2008 11:58:00 AM  
Blogger Christopher said...

So come out for Obama, people!

1/28/2008 12:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you dear. Well put...

1/28/2008 12:43:00 PM  
Anonymous ondine-nyc said...

The first Mormon? Great, another gay hating cult, aren't we lucky! How long before we get the possibility of the first Scientologist?

Personally I will tune in with the sound off. I just want to watch the worst president ever being fellated repeatedly by Democrats and Repbulicans alike when they give him repeated applause and standing O's.

1/28/2008 12:43:00 PM  
Blogger Donna Dodson said...

I just finished reading Carol Lynn Pearson, Good bye, I love you about being married to Gerald Pearson, a gay Mormon. And I heard last night on the radio that their longest serving president died at the age of 97... And I read in money magazine about the financial profiles of each one of the candidates- they are alot richer than I am- that's for sure!

1/28/2008 01:19:00 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Amen.....please make it hurry.

1/28/2008 01:19:00 PM  
Blogger Joanne Mattera said...

I'd prefer that Romney be the first Mormon running for president who was NOT elected. That's history, too.

1/28/2008 02:12:00 PM  
Blogger Donna Dodson said...

I'd be very disappointed in our country if we elected Huckabee or Romney to the oval office.

1/28/2008 03:41:00 PM  
Blogger Edward_ said...

Huckabee doesn't stand a chance from what I can tell, so it's down to Romney and McCain. McCain polls better against any of the Dems, so I'm pulling for Romney.

1/28/2008 03:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i feel like mccain would be the strongest candidate vs. hillary/obama/edwards. it could be a tough contest.

1/28/2008 07:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought Bill Clinton was running again..
or he thinks he is
I believe he has some unfinished business in the oval office ..

1/28/2008 09:52:00 PM  

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