For a few brief moments today, I was within walking distance of the President of the United States.
Not that I had a chance of seeing him; I was up there at the time across from UB getting my car fixed. His upstate bus gig, announced last week, quickly sold out after the usual dignitaries and UB students and faculty (alumni, as usual, being left out:P) got their allotments and the rest of the tickets went like hotcakes in a pre-internet line at the box office. So instead I got to see and hear all the usual vitriol from the chattering classes who still think Obama is a pretender to the throne despite two comfortable electoral victories.
We saw the usual jokes:
(and the even more offensive comments in response to each of them, which, for the sake of my blood pressure, I'm not going to repeat).
The Carter one's interesting to me personally, at least, because he was the only Presidential incumbent or candidate that I ever did hear speak in person. It was the summer before the election in 1976, and he was at a rally at the Nassau Coliseum- ironic, since that county was, at the time, one of the biggest GOP governmental strongholds in the entire country. I remember him being received enthusiastically and with relative decency; he had his share of built-in punch lines (the southern peanut farmer thing, his infamous "adultery in mah heart" Playboy interview, and his dumbass brother Billy), but none of it sunk to the level of nastiness that the past five years have seen rolled over this sitting President. Even all the albatrosses he wound up having to carry in his single term- the energy crisis, rampant inflation, and the Iran hostage crisis that did him in- never led to him being called the things said about Obama every day.
The UB speech was about finding ways to contain the cost of college in this country- something we really need to work on. But all you'll
hear about is blah blah Benghazi blah blah NSA drones blah blah Kenyan Marxist socialist blah blah- until Honey Boo Boo comes on, and then we'll all pay attention to that.
Buffalo was the first of three scheduled speech stops upstate. According to MSNBC last week, they're all reasonably close to each other- and to Albany:
Perhaps confused by the map, Ground Bus One detoured off the 90 by my usual route early this afternoon, up 490 into Rochester. Rumors of his ultimate destination there were flying as I was heading back home from my office here today- the above-mentioned WBEN reported that the Prez was heading to lunch in downtown Rochester at a place called "Nick Ta-HOO's," which features something called a garbage plate that Michelle would probably die at the mere sight of:
(And it's pronounced like the Nevada lake, guys- not that Teabaggers are known for their spelling or diction:P)
Turned out to be false. The POTUS wound up at a Park Avenue cafe named Magnolia's, next to and near a bunch of our local clients there. By now, I presume, he's on his way to the 'Cuse, which MSNBC is likely covering from its western approach in Omaha, Nebraska.
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