Thursday, March 27, 2008

Taking a Breather

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.