Quote of the Day: “Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way when you criticize them, you are a mile away from them and you have their shoes.” –Jack Handey
Some of you may be wondering why TB hasn’t commented on the “Stimulus Plan” that passed through Congress this week. It’s not that I don’t have thoughts on it, but rather that I don’t have any conclusions yet. It basically boils down to whether one trusts Obama or the Republicans as to whether one supports or opposes it. Before I could even begin to know if I thought it was a good idea, I’d have to know for sure whether our economic stability is as fragile as it is depicted by the Obama and Bush Administrations or whether this is just another inevitable recession over which we should not panic. From what I am reading, I’m convinced we’re on thin ice. I know the debt being undertaken is risky. I believe doing nothing or simply slashing taxes is even more risky. So I’m with the President on this for now, but I’m not sure I’m right. What I am certain of is that I wouldn’t want to be in Obama’s shoes right now. Two wars, calamitous economic conditions, constant terrorism threats, and a multitude of other smaller issues that would be enormous problems in normal times–the job doesn’t pay anywhere near enough for me to want it.
Having established that I would not want to be in President Obama’s shoes, I naturally turned my thoughts to whose shoes I would walk a mile in if I could. I’ve decided I’d rather be a King than a President. Below is my list. I’d like to see yours too. (Insert “that’s what she said” joke here.)
- Babe Ruth– in 1927. Forevermore, the home run king.
- Neil Armstrong–high steppin on the moon. Crowning achievement of mankind.
- Bill Gates–on the day he first realized his little hobby was gonna pay off. Big time. A King’s ransom at hand.
- Clarence Darrow–during the Scopes Monkey Trial. King Kong vs the Ted Haggards of the era.
- Ernest Hemingway–on a Kingfishing day out of Havana.
- Leo DiCaprio–the “king of the world” and a nice harem to boot.
- George Washington–at Yorktown when he probably realized he’d beaten King George. I’d write this quote down and leave it in his pocket for when I was back in my own sneakers: “We got ’em beat. We finally got the bastards beat.” (This is an infamous TB quote–read about it here)
- Richard Petty–the King crossing the finish line in Daytona in 1979.
- Louis XIV–they say “its good to be the king.”
- Mel Brooks–to say “its good to be the king.”