Recently, Bush was interviewed by a German newspaper. He was asked what his best moment was in the five years of his presidency. Bush answered: “I would say the best moment of all was when I caught a 7.5-pound perch in my lake,” The worst, he said, was September 11th.
It’s a little weird for him to give this particular answer. But I can’t say I’m surprised. Somewhere along the line, The Decider actually stopped surprising me. His answer was weird. But the even weirder part is that this would mean he claims to have broken the world record for catching the largest perch. So, did he lie about it? Or did he mean to say a 7.5 pound bass? Did King George, in fact, set the world record?
I can’t decide if it’s that this time I’m paying closer attention to the political environment here in America, or if what I’m about to say is indeed true, but it seems to me that this particular administration has been surrounded by corruption, arrogance, and a whole bunch of vital mistakes. It seems there has been a heightened number of resignations and a heightened number of vacant seats being filled. Most recently, Bush nominated Michael V. Hayden to be the next CIA director. Many people, Democratic, Republican, and Conservative, are irked by this decision. I stand among the irked.
I’m sure that I’m merely at an age where it’s best to pay attention. In a sense, the political arena has become my sporting event; I am excited about current affairs, the state of our nation, and I enjoy keeping up with the news. I consider myself a Democrat. And while the Democratic Party is by no means a flawless group, I’m happy to be on that team, more so now than ever before.
This parallel falls apart, however, when one faces actual reality. Because at the end of the day, it’s not a matter of someone losing by a few baskets or scoring a couple of runs, it’s not about collecting the cards; it’s about citizens losing their rights. It’s about disregarding the Constitution of the United States. And some of the players are turning out to be the greediest and the deadliest.
But, for some, it’s still about catching a fish.