My Thoughts on The State of the Union

I really wanted to write a blog today recapping my thoughts on the State of the Union address last night. Sadly I got caught up in work today and seem to find myself unable to commit the solid amount of time that a post like this requires. Thankfully, a fellow blogger over at pink brief case wrote one that is right up my alley!

Click to read her State of the Union Recap

You are seriously funny. Let’s be friends?

I was able to get a few of my own thoughts down that weren’t addressed in her post:

1. Really Hillary, you think it is appropriate for a woman of your age (and not to mention stature) to wear a headband? Hopefully you aren’t accessorizing like that when you go and meet with President’s of foreign countries. I can’t see Mahmoud Ahmadinejad taking you too seriously wearing a blinged out head-piece – unless it was a tiara. And let’s be serious Hill, you know I love you, but you are no Kate Middleton.

2. Michelle –  you look awesome (as per usual)! I don’t care what type of job your husband is doing, you are transforming fashion in the white house and I support it. Rock on.


3. Debbie Bosanek, (AKA Warren Buffet’s secretary) I am so sorry that your boss continues to make an example out of you. Not only does he and others continue to call you a secretary (I am sure you official title is something much more dignified like “executive assistant”) but has he even asked you if you are comfortable being forced into the lime light as a tax victim? And who knows, maybe you are an investing genius and you are actually making more than old Mr. Buffet and that is why you pay more in taxes. Geez, give this poor woman a break already! At least they seated her next to Laurene Powell Jobs, that’s pretty baller.

4. Vice President Biden, are you checking you text messages? I know you are number two in line, but number one is talking. Show some respect.

Finally, on a related but different note, how much does Mitt Romney look like Guy Smiley from Sesame Street? I can’t decide if that makes me like Mitt more or less…

 

The Call to Serve

On this day of remembrance, for all of the Veterans who have given their time, and sometimes their lives, for our country I cannot help but feel a little disheartened.

Over the past 200+ years well over 1 million soldiers have paid the ultimate price so that we can continue to live our lives in the land of the free. The land of opportunity. The land where all men are created equal.

I am forced to ask, have we continued to honor these sacrifices? With so many people living in poverty, is this truly the land of opportunity? And where the zip code you are born into determines your destiny, are all men truly created equally? I am not sure that the soldiers who fought to protect our freedoms would think so.

Don’t get me wrong, I love our country and I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. But I am concerned about our future. With a country divided and no one willing to work together, how are we expected to move forward?

After 9/11, the country came together in way that I am not sure we will ever see again. American flags were hung outside every home and people across our nation came together to grieve, to mourn and to stand up for our freedoms. It is what we do when faced with adversity that truly defines us. After 9/11, I could not have been more proud to be an American.

And now, our country is faced with adversity again.  And instead of stepping up to the challenges that face our country together, we are crumbling apart.

As a nation, we have prospered because we’ve always had citizens willing to stand up and answer the call to serve in hours of need. Our national resolve has been expressed by the millions who have worn the military uniform. Today, the call to serve our nation is of a different kind.  Today the call to serve is extended to all citizens, not just those in uniform. The call to serve our own citizens who are struggling. The call to come together and find real solutions to the problems that we face. The call to compromise and give more of ourselves than we have before. We must remember, we are not the 99%. We are not the 1%. We are the 100%.

I know that we have the ability to respond to this call. We did it after 9/11. We will do it again.

Thank you to the all the men and women who have served our country and fought to protect our freedoms. We, the American nation, will not let you down.