Thursday, March 27, 2008
I’m not necessarily one to back down from my responsibilities, but I do understand the value of recuperation. My life is twenty-four/seven and I could seriously do some personal harm by not following a strict regimen of taking the occasional R&R.
Being in the last year of my term allows me to take some time to reflect and catch up, spend time with my wife and children. There is a distinct advantage in not having to worry about campaigning for months on end, trying to raise funds, speaking for thirty minutes in one city, climbing on a plane, flying to the next town and speaking again. And doing that several times a day. It gets to you. I probably am the best rested of all my predecessors, and that’s important when you have stay sharp and make life-altering decisions that affect millions.
I’m more than happy to sit back and watch the fireworks while John, Hillary and Barack duke it out on the stump. I’m done with campaigning for the most part and I’m glad.
So here’s to kickin’ back and smelling the roses. If only for a moment.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Here’s something I do get a lot of grief about: the economy. Now everyone knows that the President doesn’t have that much power over how well or how badly the economy runs, but he (or she, heaven help us) can do some things to help it along.
My plan to help folks caught in the mortgage crisis is one way. We have yet to see the effects of that take place, but I’m feeling optimistic that we’re at least not standing by the sidelines watching people go under.
Plus, our stimulus package will help this economy recover from the mortgage crisis and high energy prices and encourage Americans to do what they do best: shop. I encourage every citizen to take their government checks, head to the nearest Wal-Mart, Costco or Circuit City, pick up an XBox or a Wii (is that how it’s spelled?) and have fun.
There is value in saving your money, but not for the economy. The last thing we need right now is for people to hoard their cash inside mattresses and cookie jars waiting for a rainy day. The rainy day is now. So start spending. You’ll keep retailers and manufacturers and support personnel and shipping companies and all the various cogs in our vast economic machine churning along.
Chase has just informed me that it’s near impossible to find a Wii nowadays since they’re all sold out.
Well, that’s the spirit, my fellow Americans.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Actually, one doesn’t have to do with the other.
Some folks at the New York Times have observed that my good friend and de facto Republican presidential nominee, John McCain, now has the advantage of time because he’s a bit off the public radar while the Democrats continue to fight amongst themselves. The whole kerfuffle they’re involved in makes the GOP look like we’ve got our whole mojo going on by comparislon.
McCain should take advantage of this downtime while the press is focused on Senators Clinton and Obama to strategize (thank goodness for spell-checkers, otherwise I would never have been able to get that word out).
John, you’re not the sharpest campaigner, with all due respect, and you need to hold it together. Too much of that infamous bluster of yours and you could just blow it. And I’m saying this as a friend. And friends are honest with each other. We’re all gunning for you here, but if you sabotage this single-handedly, you’re on your own.
On an unrelated note, my computer is suffering from some serious viruses. I have some White House IT folks taking a look at it, but they seem stumped. They’re even suggesting getting a new computer altogether. Just as long as I can keep this blogging thing going, I’ll be fine with whatever solution they come up with.
This is one big reason I don’t like computers much. Oh well. La vida loca, y’all.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
I have been encouraged in the past few months as our brave military has stood against the oppression of the terrorists and brought order to the war-torn streets of Baghdad and the rest of Iraq.
I’ve had to face up to the criticism of many opponents of the war. And it’s their right to express their concerns. It’s a free country. But they’ve also had to acknowledge this fact: the surge is working. No one has disputed that sending in reinforcements has severely reduced violence throughout the country and specifically in Baghdad. So there is some vindication to be had.
Five years in, there’s been great success. I do believe we’re on our way to victory. We as a nation can’t afford to back down or to display any kind of weakness or discouragement. Especially now when we’ve acquired so many positive gains.
I believe history will vindicate our decision to spread democracy throughout the Arab world.
Chase is telling me I need to tone down the rhetoric and be a little more introspective. But this is me being introspective. I’m not too sure if Chase is letting his true political colors show. He says he’s an independent, but I’m not ready to buy it. I was going to take him out for Oreo cake and lattes, but maybe I’ll just wait a little.
Anyhoo, the point is that we’re winning. I’d like to say I told you so, but I’m above that kind of immaturity.
But I told you so. There. I said it. How’s that for introspection?
God bless America.
And I’m not talking about the nomination race. Turns out that the party claiming to be the most progressive on race issues is dealing with some issues right now in terms of race.
I admire Senator Obama. I think he’s a good man. But the one point that I agree with Senator Clinton—and let’s face it, I don’t often agree with Senator Clinton—is that he’s not ready to become Commander-in-Chief. But that’s besides the point.
The point is that the Democrats, and God bless ’em, have consistently criticized the Republicans for being out of touch with the African-American community. Set aside the fact that the entirety of the African continent loves me (to be immodest for a moment), I would stake my reputation as being the most African-American-friendly administration in history. Two, count ’em, two Secretaries of State, both African-American. My senior staff is a veritable rainbow of racial diversity.
You’ll excuse me for being a little emotional here, but I object to the portrayal of Republicans as racist and close-minded. We may have had a history that is less than exemplary when it comes down to racism, but that’s behind us now and we’ve moved forward.
Now the Democrats are falling all over themselves trying to repair rifts and stepping all over each other’s sensibilities as race has creeped into the campaigns as a major issue. It’s a shame. A real shame.
I want John McCain and the Republicans to gain an edge over our opponents, but not this way.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
I usually assume that when people tell me that I have a great singing voice, they’re just being polite. And I know for a fact that I don’t have a great singing voice. Even I’m not deluded enough to believe that. But at the Gridiron Club Dinner, I more than made up for my lack of vocal skills by giving my own rousing rendition that sums up some key decisions I’ve made in the past few months.
Someone actually put this up on YouTube not long afterwards. Chase showed me how to post it here.
This is pretty cool. I think I am warming up to this weblog thing. Hey, I even get to control the media that shows up here (unlike in the real world, unfortunately).
I think this is solid evidence that I can take the time to laugh at myself. That’s supremely important for someone in my position, given the challenges I’ve had to face in these last few months before I hand the reigns over to the next person to hold this office.
So I’m going to go out on a high note, figuratively and literally. Look out for my new album to come out sometime this summer.
Monday, March 17, 2008
My critics say that I’m not generally the type of person you can expect an apology from. And they’d be right. As a leader, especially that of the free world, I cannot afford to demonstrate any kind of weakness. That’s just giving ammunition to the enemy. When it’s between my family and myself, that’s an entirely different story. Anyone who’s married, as I am, knows that. And especially when you’re the husband, you wind up apologizing for all kinds of offenses, including ones you aren’t aware of (am I right, fellas?).
So in a rare display of humility on my part, I apologize for not having kept this blog going. Lately I’ve been a bit on edge and Chase has been telling me that I haven’t taken the time to slow down and concentrate on my writing. While I was in Africa, I had trouble getting connected to the internet. As much progress as has gone on there, the satellite networks ain’t worth a dime. Now, understand, we have good communications with us at all times in case of some international emergency, but I didn’t want to use those resources for this weblog. So I fell out of touch and then I fell out of habit and the whole blogging thing sort of fell by the wayside.
But we’re back and better than ever.
One thing I took away from our visit to Ghana and the other African nations is how popular I am there. It is indeed remarkable. I only wish that I could get all those folks registered to vote back here in America. It’s a shame. Then the Democrats couldn’t criticize me for not attracting the black vote.
So yes. I am sorry. Chase let me have it. I don’t normally tolerate his brand of chastisement, but I’m cutting him some slack for my own personal reasons. So I will try to be a bit more faithful with these entries.