Category Archives: Current Affairs
”I think it is a good time for those who voted for the ban against gay marriage to sit and reflect and anticipate their great shame…if they continue that way of support. We’ve got to have equal rights for everyone.”
-Best Actor Winner, Sean Penn
I just got back from the Obama … live and in person….rally at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida where the Cincinnatti Reds spring train and play. I got there a little before 8am and they were scheduled to start to let people in at 9am for the rally beginning at 11. When I got there the line waiting was already wrapped around the outside of the stadium with thousands ahead of me. I made it into the stadium a little before 10 and got a pretty good seat. People were still streaming in when the rally started. The stands were all full which is 12,000 capacity and the infield was overflowing too. When the local minister gave the invocation, I don't think there was a dry eye in the stadium. Obama's jet flew low over the stadium on its approach to Sarasota airport and the crowd went wild. And his entrance to the stadium stage created a feeling in me that I don't think I've ever felt before. I was overwhelmed when I voted yesterday in early voting, but this was even more dramatic. Sarasota has always been strong republican territory. To see that many people at a rally supporting Obama was uplifting. He has the same magical empowerment that J. F. K. had. This is truly the first political figure I have seen that comes close to emulating J. F. K. and his ability to unite and uplift our country and restore America to a place of respect again in the eyes of the world. He makes me proud once again to be an American.
It's six a.m. on my one day off this week. And I'm awake…wide awake. No going back to sleep for this guy.
I had a weird dream last night. I was Barack Obama and it was election night. They called the election, way early, at 9:00 p.m. for me. I kicked John McCain's ass. Landslide, baby. Greg was there, will he be called the First Partner? Hillary was there too, though not as happy for me as I'd hoped. Hill, where's the love? I was wearing a dark brown suit, but had on a very light shade of khaki socks. That was not a good look, but hey I, Barack Obama, was president-elect. A weird weird dream.
On an aside, and back to reality, is John McCain going to have any dignity/credibility left after this election? The "maverick" is hitting the bottom of the barrel in his latest attacks. It's to the point where I'm starting to feel sorry and a little embarrassed for the old guy. Way to play that "far right playbook" you independent guy, you.
Last night Greg and I went to the new Five Guys Burgers restaurant in Montrose with Michele and her delightful mother. Any time spent with momma Setzer is good times. Dinner was fantastic. The atmosphere there is a bit more frantic than we typically prefer. But the burgers and fries were amazing. Momma Setzer had a hot dog, but not just any hot dog. It was grilled, split down the middle, topped with cheese…and wait for it…b-a-c-o-n! That item will be ordered with great pride and joy upon our next visit. Which I'm sure will not be too long from now.
Ok, so this was one of my most scattered and odd posts that I've written. But, hey it's six freakin' a.m., people.
Nearly every Sunday morning, for as long as I can remember, has included Meet the Press moderated by Tim Russert. He collapsed at work and died today. I’m surprised how much the news of this event has affected me this afternoon. His integrity and love of politics will be truly missed.