Tuesday, September 21, 2010

That Red Squiggly Line

Everyone is talking about “the exhausted woman” from yesterday’s town-hall meeting. I did not watch the mid-day event, but this clip was all over the evening news. First of all, if the people who got to ask questions were not previously selected and screened that would be surprising indeed. Secondly, I will say that the president kept his cool. He answered this lady’s question and comment in typical bumbling, affable, Obama style and used it to launch a list of why her life is better than she thinks her “new reality” is.

But frankly, the lady’s phrasing and sincerity came across as much more real than Obama’s charm. This lady had no bone to pick with her president, you can tell it grieves her to say what she says to the man she voted for and believed in.

I can sympathize with her plight. I know people, including me, who are wondering about the new reality. The biggest difference between me and the exhausted woman is that I never bought the Obama “beans” in the first place. She's tired of defending him. I'm just tired of him.

I typed this first as a Word document with the spell-check feature turned on. For two years “spell-check” has been underlining the word Obama with a red, squiggly line as if something is wrong with it. I know I can tell spell-check to accept the word and add it to the dictionary—to quit telling me something is wrong with Obama—but I don’t. I like that red, squiggly line under his name. It’s my way of not adding this “new reality” to my life. If I have to live with the consequences of his actions, at least let me remember a time when even Microsoft Word had the sense to know something was wrong. I’ll keep the red, squiggly line under his name, thank you.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Now That I Can Understand!

I love when students find effective ways to teach grown-ups.

Go to this link and listen to a student explain how meaningless are Obama's 100 million dollars in budget cuts that he mentioned in last week's stumbling press conference.

Double-click here to see the one minute 38 second lesson in economics that anyone can understand. How dare we add to our debt in light of this reality!

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