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Fair Winds and Following Seas

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George H. W. Bush’s service dog says goodbye for the final time (N.Y. Times)

I have rarely met high and lofty people, but there have been a few, very few.

During my deployment, which occurred while George W. Bush was President, his father made a trip into theater and shared some impromptu chatter with everyone present in the theater/chapel/auditorium/etc. building. The only specific I remember is that his son, “W,” had switched from jogging to riding a bicycle. He had a habit of, well, trying to be as courteous as possible, succumbing to gravity (i.e., falling down). George senior said that he and Barbara both wished he’d choose a safer physical activity.

After he made his comments from the stage, I saw him outside chatting with a number of the enlisted folks and junior officers (in desert cammies, we all looked pretty much alike). I would have liked to have joined them, but my presence would have distracted from their time with “41,” so I went about my business. He knew where he needed to spend his time and so did I. 

Among those in the Navy, the traditional, final farewell is “Fair winds and following seas.” May the wind fill your sails without threatening your ship and may the tide be favorable to your trip.

Mr. President, you were truly an officer and a gentleman; not perfect, but a very real human being. You are in a better place, with your wife and your daughter, and you deserve to be with the ones you loved.

 

 

Excuse Me—Have You Checked the Calendar?

Photo by Gage Skidmore

Photo by Gage Skidmore

No matter how you slice it, it is 2015—which is NOT A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION YEAR!

I don’t care who is ahead in the polls. It is NOT A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION YEAR!

I’m not interested in the Fox channel debates because it is NOT A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION YEAR!

I take democracy seriously, but political theater has nothing to do with the democratic process. It’s essentially one more way for the media to huckster products and advise us to “Ask your doctor if [name of drug here] is right for you.”

Oh, and by the way, the skills needed to be a politician running for office and the skills need to successfully execute that office have nothing to do with one another.