Pres. George HW Bush from the Greatest Generation

George Herbert Walker Bush shakes hands with crowd at Springfield, Missouri, Airport
It was a pleasure shaking your hand, Mr. President

Kindness passed from Bush 41 to Me in Happenstance

In 1992, I shook the hand of President Herbert Walker Bush when he landed at the airport in Springfield, Missouri, on a campaign stop.

I was one of a crowd who wanted to connect with our President that day, and I was three rows back. Mindful of no one in the crowd but me, I was pushing my arm as close to the President as possible when a complete stranger in front, grabbed me by the wrist and pulled my hand forward, into the hand of President George Walker Bush.

I have no idea who this stranger was, but he gave his opportunity to shake the President’s hand to me.

I never got to say “Thank-You!” to that stranger.

In that way, a stranger passed the kind ways of President Bush to me, in happenstance.

Shaking the hand of George Herbert Walker Bush
Crowds gathered to shake the hand of 41

RIP, George Herbert Walker Bush: June 12, 1924 – November 30, 2018. A man of colorful socks, daring pursuits, lofty goals, and high ideals that inspired a nation.

Happy Ground Hog’s Day 2017

Ground Hog’s Day in DC!

Punxsutawney Phil of Gobblers Knob in Punxsutawney PA saw his shadow today, and predicts six more weeks of winter.

It’s always nicer to hear bad news from a groundhog.

Anyways, who cares about a little winter weather if it comes with  snowmen, sledding, hot cocoa, s’mores ….

Groundhog peeks out of hole on Groundhog's Day
Punxsutawney Phil sends his regrets

Phil, a No-Show at State of the Union Address

Possibly, Phil is a Democrat. He plans to sleep like a baby, Feb. 28. Conspiracy theory: Phil  sleeps not to insulate from winter weather but to boycott Trump’s address to the nation.

Republican or Democrat, my guess Phil is burrowing in to avoid political noise.

News Flash: the party is over

It was not enough for the Dems to boycott the Inauguration and duck out of meetings to confirm Trump’s Cabinet nominees. Nope, they are  toiling on a Trojan Horse for the State of the Union Address.

Our dignified leaders plan to dump on the President’s recent policies for extreme vetting of immigrants by inviting immigrants and non-citizens as guests to pack the  Senate floor and balcony during the State of the Union Address.

Hmm. Their goal is to gain sympathy against Trump’s executive order. Their hope is to glorify illegal immigration and retain flexible borders. Democrats see no need for extreme vetting.

They have donned Superman capes and appointed our President their nemesis. They elevate immigrants who are not yet U.S. citizens and snub their President. I know there is logic hiding in that somewhere.

Children, play nice together

In the fabulous words of Hollywood’s Matthew McConaughey on President Trump:
He’s our President now.  We must embrace, shake hands, and be constructive with him.

Children, say hello to your neighbors

I liked what Prez Trump said about building the wall during the presidential campaign (Aug. 6, 2016) – he wants to build a wall  with a “big, beautiful door” for people to come into the country legally.

Make that a golden door with a Welcome mat. Build ports-of-entry along our southern border with immigration clearing booths to document  immigrants using the newest technology as they enter the U.S.

Give each of the families who enter with identification a bus ticket, corporate sponsorship, and a bag of groceries. Send President Pena Nieto of Mexico a bill for their crossing fee.

Color me happy

Celebrate our history, our diversity, and our freedom.  It’s better to hear unity of hope  than the din of divisiveness. Contribute ideas to the dialogue.

I smile when I imagine all the national leaders and journalists who opened new Twitter accounts in 2016 to follow a President who Tweets.

Add playfulness to politics and with a box of crayons

Here’s a page to color and doodle for a playful, political  time-out. Or, maybe to color and fold into a paper airplane. Send it soaring through the air with  your bad thoughts and fears aboard …. or rather,  keep it afloat with your hopes and dreams.

When President Trump first approved his photograph for press releases, it was not with a smile or even a half-smile. His face had a determined look. It was a face at rest, waiting to spring into action.

Color Page of Prez Donald J Trump
Color or paint in honor of our 45th President

This illustration is a caricature inspired by an early press portrait of the President.

Women March with Madonna and Katie Perry for Hillary

fireworks for Madonna and Katie Perry

Wishing an extra syllable or two for Lady Madonna’s vocab

I’ve waited days and still no soft peddling from the beau mondes for Madonna’s name calling at the Women’s March on Washington 2017. The committee placed the pop star in the spotlight as someone who embodies their ideals.

And Madonna showered the crowd with her music and hurled insulting, four-letter names from the lectern  to disparage American democracy and  incite violence.

Yes, I am angry! Yes, I am outraged! Yes, I have thought a lot about blowing up the White House, but I know it won’t change things. -Lady Madonna [Lost in Translation]

Not sure what Madonna is so angry and outraged about. She moved across the pond in  2010, and doesn’t reside in the US. She lives in Great Britain. Does she have dual citizenship? Did she vote in the 2016 election? Multiple homes no doubt? Does she pay U.S. taxes on her hundreds of millions?

Not sure why women from all over the world joined hands to march, Jan. 21, 2017, the first day of Trump’s  Presidency. What I’ve heard from on-the-scene interviews:

  • In solidarity with other women
  • Want free marijuana for all
  • Offended by Trump’s language
  • No reason – just want to be here
  • Do not want to lose my health care
  • Countering dehumanization
  • Reproductive rights
  • Want to own my body

After all, why did women march?

Women who talked to the press gave a broad cross section of reasons. Since women all over the world marched, I feel it had less to do with Trump and more to do with the women themselves. Time will tell what the women in pink hats are thinking.

Many women are mad because Hillary lost. Either they voted for Hillary and are parading off their remorse, pouting and stomping, armed with a Starbucks Latte, or they failed to vote for Hillary and find themselves in the Land of Penance.

My favorite viewpoint on Why a boatload of women marched on Washington DC

Flip-Flops for after the Freedom Ball and after a march
Flip-flops for after the Freedom Ball

I liked the viewpoint of FOX Business Network Host Kennedy Lisa Kennedy Montgomery, who interviewed  women at the march. She reasoned some marched because they had already booked hotels and made travel plans to DC for Hillary’s inauguration. When Hillary lost, rather than loose points for travel and air mileage, they decided to keep their golden reservations and joined the march in lieu of attending a Hillary inauguration that was not forth coming.

The Women’s March on Washington 2017 was Hillary style with Hollywood stars headlining to draw crowds, Madonna, Katie Perry, Cher, Ashley Judd, etc.

Ashley Judd took a turn at the lectern and made bird-like movements, swooping  up and down as she spoke of things past and things to come. Her remarks are open to interpretation.

We heard George Soros dropped 70 million to support women’s groups who marched. One women’s group Soros does not fund and who were dis-invited from the parade are the National Right To Life leaders. No red carpet for them.

If you want to laugh off the Women’s March on Washington DC or delve deeper into public sentiment on the right, read comments on The Blaze dot com.

The timing of the Women’s March may as well been scheduled to preempt  the March for Life  planned for Jan. 27, 2017.

In the end, as President Trump says, “We need more hugs in politics.”


President Trump’s Playbook

All aboard the Trump playbook and Lady Libertyfrom Ellis Island

Listening to candidate Trump on the campaign trail, I grabbed onto his idealism and hung onto his positive self view and unrivaled sense of well-being. Why not add those formidable characteristics to my playbook, I thought …. all things considered, they have served Prez Trump well.

Take some plays from the Trump playbook

Trump: I say what I say
Say what you are thinking and strive for straightforward communication. Often I may wish that President Donald Trump was less direct in his opinions and attacks and have hoped with fingers crossed that he would backtrack, but softening his rhetoric or changing his opinion mid-course never seems to come. I no longer wish-for or wait-for a retraction because Trump “says what he says.”
In one sense this non-filtered form of speech lacking in jabber talk, lawyerese, political jumbo, and double talk, is refreshing.

Trump: I have a brain
Don’t we all … so stop apologizing for not being smart if you fall prey to self loathing. Have the confidence and courage to make your own decisions and chart your own course.

Trump: I had very, very good parents
Speak lovingly and with pride about your parents. Trump does. He may be one of the lucky ones who had perfect parents but possibly The Donald is rather a son who holds a high regard for his parents because he is respectful and loving. Be the person who sees the best in others.

Trump: I am very, very rich – richer than most people think
Not everyone can add the status of wealth to their playbook unless you count the immeasurable wealth your loved ones and family bring to your bottom line. And for those who are heirs of the King of Kings, streets of gold, pure as glass are waiting them.

Trump: It’s going to be huuuugggge
Think big. Add a few more comparatives and superlatives to your vocabulary. Two of Trump’s favorites, huge and bigly. And something is not just good or very good. It’s very, very, very good.
Bigly: adverb: “It’s going to happen bigly.” -Donald J. Trump

Trump:  Make America Great Again
That hope resonates with me. I jumped aboard Trump’s boat [yacht] and have set sail for a period of idealism with hopes that as a nation we will strengthen our union.

Trump says he started a movement to Make America Great Again, but it is the American people who will write the future. We must  dream big and set goals for a future we envision. Trump will be at the front running interference, but we are the ones to write the future.

Dome painting of the first White House

Trump’s Tweets make headlines

Just when Twitter was losing its star power, along came the gift of Donald J. Trump and a barrage of information, 140 characters at a time, leaving ripples into the future.

If you want to verify information and see photos, follow the real Donald Trump on Instagram or go to his website, Donald J. Trump.

Cheers for Trump’s positive energy

You cannot deny the good fortune of having a President who strives for honest, straightforward, energetic, and patriotic dialogue. His slogan, Make America Great Again, resonated with people on the campaign trail because we dream of living in a world where someone is looking out for us, who wants the best for us, and who speaks to us as a friend.

I look forward to the inspiring and creative leadership of POTUS Donald Trump.

I have a page of Quotes that will no doubt fill quickly in 2017, thanks to a President who is dreaming a dream for us and who —  says what he says. Buckle up.

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice. –T.S. Eliot

45th President of the United States
U.S. President 45, Donald J. Trump