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Presidents Day Again: Four More Years!

 

Yes, citizens. 2015 is the fourth year for my Presidents Day Twitter extravaganza. I hope you’ll consider electing me for a second term. If you haven’t been paying attention for the last three, you can grab up the memories from 2012 and 2013– collect them all! Below are the highlights from last year, you little President junkie, you.

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Presidents Day- The Twitter Adventure Continues

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It started in 2012 with a paid day off work and nothing else to do. For the third year, I’m back in the saddle with everyone’s favorite fellas- America’s presidents and the more interesting aspects of their lives and presidencies.

(ADDED) I also spoke with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about my favorite holiday this year. You can see their post here.

If you can’t get enough today on Twitter, here’s a recap of 2013’s fun facts and tawdry tidbits about the Commanders in Chief:

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Weekend Inspiration

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Hooray! The dinosaur says it’s finally Friday (actually Saturday morning) and I could not be happier to have some time to unwind with my pile of unread books and magazines, some Olympics on tv, and to step away from the madness of Facebook and Twitter for a few days.

I know how divided our country is, and while I attempt to be Zen about it, watching the news show giant crowds gleefully guzzling chicken to prove that yes, we like big business and don’t care it gives its money to groups that lobby in favor of KILLING people like you… well, that sucks. (And no, I have no problem with corporations having the legal right to support any values that they like- including preventing gay marriage. Funding groups that lobby for laws that make being gay punishable by death is bigger than that.) It drains me.

And so I’ve tried to figure out how I want to be in times like these. The only way that I know how to live in a world that is full of hate and ignorance and fear is with more love. Love for the people being hated, sure. But even harder, loving on the people doing the hating. Loving people who support you being killed or don’t care enough to do the research and figure that piece out. I am trying to find a way to love the hateful. It is the only way to stop the cycle.

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Excuse the Political Interruption

But I am livid and more than a little peeved about the awful decorum  from one South Carolina congressman last night during the healthcare speech. Joe Wilson, you should be ashamed of yourself.

 

This is the face of the Republican “debate” on healthcare. My Granny would not invite you to her house for dinner, sir, and she is a Republican. You have bad manners. And you apologize poorly.  

If you feel as ticked off as me and can’t access the Congressman’s website due to traffic, you can contact him the old-fashioned way at:

Congressman Joe Wilson

212 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

(202)-225-2452 phone

Thank you.

And now back to our regularly scheduled programming…

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Bus Blogs and Inaugural Moments

Thanks to the wonders of Blackberry, I can now blog on my bus ride home. This could either be very good or very scary. I meet quite the characters on the bus in these parts and may end up trying to explain their truly bizarre ways and accidentally be writing about your aunt or somesuch. If I do, I’m sorry to hear about her recent surgery. So were the other 40 people on the bus who heard her describe it loudly, in graphic detail, on her cell phone.

Yesterday was devoted solely to Obamapalooza on tv from 8 am until I petered out at 10 pm or so. I spent a good deal of it shushing S on the other end of the couch to keep her from making sarcastic comments at moving moments. My mother was actually on the Mall for the big day with her high school students and we spent the day trading tidbits by cell. She got to tell me about the singing and dancing everywhere that kept breaking out. I got to break the Teddy Kennedy story to her and the lobby crowd at the Air and Space Museum waiting for the parade. My ex, the DC police officer, texted early about how crowd control was lost by 8 am when thousands started streaming over the barriers at the Capitol. And the Twitterers kept me in the loop with their perspectives on the madness. I was busy trying to stay on top of all this connected-ness while rapidly cycling between elation and sentimentality.

The thing is, I’m a pretty cynical character. But this one moment in history has me thinking that maybe there is something great that could happen. And I want to be a part of that as much as I felt a part of yesterday’s events from hundreds of miles away.

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