Sign of the Times

There is not much to look at, driving south out of Dallas. Some cornfields, cows, horses. Shacks where you can buy fireworks. Churches in shingle houses. After a while, you close your eyes and take a nap, if you are not driving. My daughter and I were heading for camp, south of Austin, north of San Antonio. I would drop her off and then return, four hours each way. After a while, she closed her eyes and took a nap.

I focused my gaze straight ahead. Just south of Waco, I caught a glimpse of George Bush on a billboard. He was in a suit, in a running position. He looked as if he was getting ready to do the high jump. Across the top of the sign, there was a question…”Miss Me Yet?” It was an odd question, I thought, for a President of the United States to ask drivers driving on a highway. It was a question an ex-boyfriend would ask the ex-girlfriend who dumped him, just to annoy her. And she wouldn’t answer. She’d roll her eyes and walk away, or hang up the phone. George Bush was smirking on the billboard.

Underneath the question, there was another question. “Have you had enough of all the hope and change?”

What an idiot. I realize it’s not George Bush who actually asked the question, just a paper version of him, but really, it is the same. He would say that. That is why the people who created the billboard put his running body on it. Anyway, I was annoyed with the sign, with the people who put it there, and all over again, with the fact of this man’s presidency. Not to mention, the buffoons who still claim he is smarter than Barack Obama. I still see “Thank you, George and Laura” placards on Dallas lawns. It is enough already.

My daughter woke up after we passed the sign. We stopped for ice cream and kept going, passing more cows. and baby cows, and places to buy tractors. Finally, we arrived at camp and found the cabin and set up her bed. Looked like it would be a fun week. Hugs and kisses, be safe, wear sunscreen, drink water. I got back into the car and headed north, looking for the rear view of President George Bush but alas, seeing nothing. Vroom vroom.

C’mon Hillary

Though I thought she’d be tapped for the Health and Human Services slot, I am confident that Hill will do a bang-up job at State, if she takes the job. I am glad that President-elect Obama found a good spot for her, as she was in need of one. And, look at Bill, agreeing to all sorts of divulgings today. Very nice. They look like a really happy couple these days, to me, anyway, from the outside looking in…supportive, chummy, affectionate. Love love love it. 

A lot of PunditPeople think, though, that maybe she and Barack have too much under the bridge to appear as that unified stuck-together one-view chemical compound that they must be. They say that other world leaders can see in a nanosecond if there is light in between them, the way a child might play one parent off the other. That is so dumb. Clearly, if a smart woman takes a big job, she will be smart about it. If she isn’t, she will be ineffective, which is one thing the Clintons don’t know how to be.