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  • Separating Politics & The President

    After Hurricane Harvey, I decided to back away from the political posts for a while. While in Texas for nine days earlier this month, I managed to (mostly) bite my tongue. But I need to clarify three things before I do my dead-level best (again) to shut up about this:

    1) Every time something went wrong in Washington from Jan. 20, 2009 to Jan. 20, 2017, it was not Obama's fault. (Boldface "not" with italics for emphasis.) 

    2) If those are the semantics you choose to use, that everything that goes wrong in government is the fault of the president, then where is your criticism of our current administration? Where are the calls to lock him up, or at least some of the crooks he has working for him?

    3) Please don't confuse my politics with my dislike of the current person in the White House. I wasn't a fan of Bush II, but I'd sit down and have a beer and a conversation with him. Probably would have a good time, too.

    My dislike for Trump goes beyond politics. He's an abhorrent, greedy, narcissistic, hypocritical, disturbing, soulless, race baiting human being blind to anyone's needs except his own. Instead of a commander in chief, we have a spoiled toddler in charge. And personally I find that frightening.

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    • If you’d like to read a piece by someone far more eloquent than me about the most recent “tantrum tweet storm,” check out these posts by Dan Rather, Michael Sand, and Leland Martin.

    • Maybe this quote from a Washington Post analysis explains the 90+ degree temps and humidity around here this week: “Trump has turned Washington into an even bigger swamp than it was in the first place.”

    • And in other news, life on the freeways in the Greater Washington area has been miserable all week. Our traffic arteries are clogged and in need of a bypass. 

  • A Few Random Thoughts...

    • My first (and hopefully last) analogy about the 2016 presidential campaign... To anyone complaining that sequels are bad, it’s worth noting that the third movie in the trilogy is often the worst of all.

    • Question: What part of “no” do children not understand? Is it the N, or the O?

    • Humidity is Mother Nature's version of a bad home perm.

    • I can understand why our cat does not like to have his food and water bowl close to the litterbox. What I don’t understand is why my kids insist on leaving food, drink and wrapper remnants in their rooms.

    • Great Quote: "If officials can decide not to implement laws they dislike, then equality under the law—is just a slogan.”

    • Great Quote #2 (courtesy of Nicholas): “I wonder who coined the term asshole and made into a bad thing.”

    • The best compliment a parent can receive is when someone tells you that your child has not changed, just grown up.

  • Daily Photo: July 18, 2013

    White House, April 2013: It’s rare that you catch a politician in a candid moment, let alone the President of the United States. At a White House ceremony honoring the National Teacher of the Year, President Obama reacts to someone in the audience after giving his prepared remarks and presenting the award to Jeff Charbonneau of Washington State.

    I was fortunate to serve as a member of the selection committee for the nation’s top teacher for 10 of the 12 years I worked at the National School Boards Association. The winner is selected following an arduous process that involves whittling down the 56 state and U.S. territory winners to four finalists, then meeting and picking the eventual winner over a two-day period in early March.

    The best part, at least for me, is the White House recognition ceremony for all of the state teachers and the winner. It’s not every day that you get to see such a collection of outstanding educators, or get a chance to capture the president in such a good mood.

    Note: To see more pictures from the National Teacher of the Year ceremony, go to my Events page.