Sunday, January 20, 2008

Seems a century ago

There was a picture of Bill Clinton in the paper this morning.
Every time I see that face, I think of sunshine pouring in the end of a tunnel.
I see a balanced budget.
I see surplus.
I see the first bombers of the towers caught.
I see dead American soldiers counted in the hundreds rather than thousands.
I don't see torture condoned as accepted policy.
I see the obligatory sex "scandals" at least being hetero.
I see when Canadian money was worth less than ours.
I see a time when lying was something to be ashamed of, not official policy to be bragged about.

Ah, well.

There's a poem that expresses my feelings about the state of the union today;

Ode to Helwithit.
Ike Witt.



Blogger butch said...

Ike Witt is a hell of a poet, but it seems to be very hard to track down his work. There is an Ike Witt who is a reviewer for Amazon, much like myself. He lives in Key West, Florida. There is an Ike Witt Charters out of St. Thomas and St. John. And there is an Ike Witt who has appeared on FFTL, who has written a poem with just a title, in support of a Lane Savant rant. Life and Art is grand --enit?

Yes, William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III[1] on August 19, 1946) was the forty-second President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. He was the third-youngest president, older only than Theodore Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy. He became president at the end of the Cold War, and is known as the first baby boomer president, as he was born in the period after the Second World War.[2]

Clinton was described as a New Democrat and was largely known for the Third Way philosophy of governance that came to epitomize his two terms as president.[3] His policies, on issues such as the North American Free Trade Agreement, have been described as "centrist."[4] [5] Clinton presided over the longest period of peace-time economic expansion in American history, which included a balanced budget.[6][7] While Clinton reported a surplus at the end of his presidency, the audited numbers actually show there was a deficit.[8] His presidency was also quickly challenged. On the heels of a failed attempt at health care reform with a Democratic Congress, Republicans won control of the House of Representatives for the first time in 40 years.[9] In his second term he was impeached by the U.S. House for perjury and obstruction of justice[10], but was subsequently acquitted by the United States Senate and completed his term.[11]

Clinton left office with a 65% approval rating, the highest end-of-presidency rating of any President that came into office after World War II. However, public reaction to the Lewinsky scandal left a mixed impression about his personal character. Since leaving office, Clinton has been involved in public speaking and humanitarian work. He created the William J. Clinton Foundation to promote and address international causes, such as treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS and global warming. In 2004, he released a personal autobiography, My Life. His wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, is the junior United States Senator from the state of New York, where they both currently reside, and a Democratic candidate for president in the 2008 election.

The world laughed at our prudishness when it came to the perils of Monika, and the country was in ten times better economic straits, even though the Republican Congress check mated Clinton every which way. For a Republican a "balanced budget" is when you have zip and they have your dough. I always thought it would be difficult to get the entire world into a hand basket, but Bush has found a way. He bumbles along, parroting his superiors, lining his pockets, killing our young men and women in the thousands and still I bump into people daily who support him, who defend his ineptness, his crudeness, his stupidity. I know it takes all kinds, but jeez.


6:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't 19 Augustthe birthday of one G. Schwarz?? What will HIS approval rating be when he leaves office?? (How does one get a negative%?? We may find out on 21 January 2009.)

2:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hallo, Glenn!
Too bad you consider yourself too sick to attend the World Premiere of Lane Savant's "Duet for Two Violins" on Friday!! I feel too sick to attend the "Pagliacci" tomorrow evening, but not to attend said World Premiere on Friday.
In disbelief!
-- Anonomann

2:20 PM  

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