by Peter Freyne
Tuesday "Track" rush for Wednesday's Seven Days.
Talk-show host Arne Arnesen, out of Massachusetts these days, called last night. Long time no hear.
She wanted me on her radio show this morning to talk about...get this... President Bush's Monday night "State of the Union" speech.
Told her I wasn't planning to watch it, but for her?
What the hell!
"Why don't you watch it? You're a political columnist."
I confessed. I haven't been able to watch or read about anything to do with presidential politics, the Liar in Chief, or the presidential race with the smiling wannabees and the distractions from reality. Is it an indication of my good health? Or of a persistent illness?
But for her, I told her, I would make an exception.
I watched. Did you?
Was reminded of why I had stopped watching. My beloved America is tumbling into the worst economic recession of my baby-boomer life. The Bush Administration's Iraq War, the war that, like Vietnam, never should have been allowed to start, continues unabated without any end in sight.
And Big Oil continues to rule, as Mother Earth's rising temperature forecasts the shameful legacy we shall leave for our children's children.
Mr. Bush preferred to emphasize the need for maintaining tax cuts for the rich. The repeated standing ovations by the Republicans to even the most meaningless of lines became nauseating acts of forced theatrical absurdity.
Hey, Sen. Pat Leahy's come out for Barack Obama for president. Sen. Bernie Sanders hasn't made an endorsement yet. BUT, Ol' Bernardo did sit right behind Obama-wama and was real friendly with him.