Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
After last night's State of the Union Speech, the ending of which was a truly amazing story of a veteran with 10 deployments who was horribly wounded by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. Army Ranger Cory Remsburg was in the Capital for the speech and gave the applauding members of congress a salute.
But this morning NBC political writer Mark Murray tweeted this:
"Obama's ending on Remsburg wasn't just a story about America -- it also was a story about Obama. Nothing has ever come easy."
No way he said something like this, comparing what Remsburg has gone through with Obama. But yes he did say it. And it didn't stop there.
Obama's former speechwriter, Jon Favreau responded to Murray with this: "my thought exactly the first time I read it."
Oy. Then Murray fleshed out the same thoughts. But finally the Twitter universe came alive and responded to a political jounalist seeing Obama in everything.
"You couldn't even honor a soldier, a war hero, without making it about Obama. your cult mentality knows no bounds."
There's more at the link, but this is a good example of what drives me batty about our press corps. Sheesh.
Very if you look at the latest Gallup Polling on the president's approval numbers. The first chart has states (including DC) with his highest approval numbers and the 2nd has the states with his lowest numbers. All other states are somewhere inbetween.
I guess the current administration has had a hiring binge in DC.
Scroll down the page for a drop down box which shows the percentage approval for the rest of the states. Missouri is 37.6
This business of the IRS, FBI, the federal government going after conservatives is frankly unbelieveable. The topper was New York senator Schumer coming out and asking for even more of this.
"It is clear that we will not pass anything legislatively as long as the House of Representatives is in Republican control, but there are many things that can be done administratively by the IRS and other government agencies—we must redouble those efforts immediately."
What all this targeting does is make everyone else afraid to do anything politically if it is in opposition to the democrats and the president. The press doesn't seem to care. But here's the thing:
Republicans will take back the White House at some point, as hard as this may be for some to believe, and all this current investigating of political opposition groups will be a precedent. Does that not cause some on the left to feel slightly uneasy?
It may tickle the funny bone of many right now, but time passes and things change.
The cover of this Sunday's New York Times Magazine. This is not a photo shop joke. I guess we're in for a whole lot more of this Hillary stuff, interesting if any story from here on actually goes beyond the superficial and asks the tough questions.
Our daughter Katie worked for Senator Tom Coburn for some years which makes his decision to end his tenure at the end of this congressional year personal and sad. My words would not do justice in describing this honorable man so I'll let Katie's words this morning suffice.
"America will lose a genuine statesman in D.C. at year's end, but I have no doubt he will continue to make a great impact from the Sooner State. In the years I worked for him, not a single time did I ever hear him say, "We have to do X forX group," or "this will hurt my re-election." The only thing he ever asked staff was, "Is this the right thing to do," or "will this fix the problem." A rare and wonderful leader with tremendous courage and smarts. "
As parents of a child working in DC we had no uneasiness at all knowing Katie's Boss would be there for his staff, personally and professionally.
We remember especially the concern and attention he gave to his people. He expected his staff to work hard and he did the same, but always he thanked and praised them for their efforts.
Here's how I'll remember him during Katie's years.
The senate can be intimidating but not Senator Coburn.
Time for Drew.
If only there were more men like Senator Tom Coburn.
The parsing of a possible Hillary Clinton run for president is now part of the national political discussions. Here are two tweets on this subject by the Boston Herald's Michael Graham, a former stand up comic who worked with Seinfeld and Jeff Foxworthy, and now political commentator and radio host.
"Hillary's only two political accomplishments: She married one of the most talented politicians alive today...
"She stayed married to him, despite the many embarrassing instances of faint, female moaning from various White House closets."
And then the Post Dispatch's Bill McClellan weighed in this morning writing about the biggest obstacle to a Hillary candidacy, her age.
"She would be the second-oldest person ever elected president. Ronald Reagan was the oldest. He was 69 years and 11 months when he assumed office.
So her age will be an issue. You think she relishes that? She and her husband have plenty of money. There is no need — other than ambition — to go through a grueling primary campaign. And to what end? After eight years of Obama, the great likelihood is 2016 will be a Republican year.
I’m sure there are plenty of the old Clinton crowd who want another shot at power. They want to be the lords and ladies of Georgetown one more time. They will be urging her on. You can do this, they will say. Sixty-nine is the new fifty-nine.
But ambition is like caffeine. It keeps you going for only so long. She realizes that. Nobody ever said she wasn’t bright."
Dale and I have talked about Hillary and the age thing many times. Can she find the energy to do what is necessary to run a campaign? Maybe. But the contrast between her and younger opposition from both parties will be stark. Reagan could pull off the constant remarks about his age from the press corps with humor, but with a woman and a woman with Hillary's baggage as well, I don't know. I hope she doesn't do it.
Now this is interesting. According to a PEW Research study, having daughters makes parents more likely to be republican. And, boys who grew up with sisters in the house were more likely to identify as adults with the Republican Party.
Why might this be? The best guess is: "The authors speculate that men and women might want more socially conservative policies when they have daughters and thus be more attracted to the GOP."