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President OKs peas; nixes beets in his garden

President: n. the tall skinny guy who’s trying to put the country back on its feet.

Peas: n. the small edible seeds or seedpods of the legume Pisum sativum

Packets of Power! by Kerstin Anna-lise

Healthier than Peas! Photo by Kerstin Anna-lise

The local food activists like Alice Waters evidently got through to Michelle Obama. The First Family is putting in a vegetable garden at the White House – the first since Eleanor Roosevelt planted a victory garden in WW II.

Tomorrow they’ll begin digging up the south lawn for a garden that will not only provide some fresh veggies for the Obamas, but also serve as a demonstration garden for visitors, especially school children.

They’re planting peas, and lots of lettuces and greens, but the president has decreed “No beets!” because he doesn’t like them.

Michelle, are you going to let him get away with that??

He may not like (super-healthy) beet bulbs, but I bet he’d like their yummy greens. And what kind of example is “I don’t like beets!” for his kids?  They should learn to try everything.  Indeed, is there any reason Michelle and the kids shouldn’t enjoy beets when Daddy is traipsing around the country doing the People’s Business??

Come on Michelle, don’t let him off the beet hook.

Best Buddies won’t desert Obama

Best: adj. superlative of good, excelling all others

Buddy: n. companion, friend, partner

[Quick update/apology: I don’t know what I was thinking when I wrote this yesterday. Neither Best nor Buddies begins with P. I guess I’ve been in an alliterative frame of mind and mistook B for P. Oh well. I’m leaving it up because I like the sentiment.]

My heart warmed to read today that the Obamas have a group of Chicago friends that they’ve been close to for years – friends who were neighbors, parenting buddies, friends to hang out with regularly, to play scrabble with, eat with, take vacations with – and most recently to be campaign helpers.  These friends will be stuck in Chicago when the Obamas leave, and they’re trying to figure out how to maintain the connections at such distance.

It made me wonder why we never heard about the Bush’s friends. Did they have any? (I mean social, not politicos like Karl Rove). For that matter, did they have much of a relationship with their twin daughters?  Maybe Laura did, but I had no sense of that with GW.

You learn a lot about a person by looking at his social circle, such as it is.

Last summer Maureen Dowd wrote a great column about Father Pat Connor who’s been  giving a lecture — “Whom Not to Marry” – to high school seniors for about 40 years. I picked out some of Connor’s points because Obama embodies them in many ways.

“Never marry a man who has no friends,” he starts. “This usually means that he will be incapable of the intimacy that marriage demands. I am always amazed at the number of men I have counseled who have no friends. Since, as the Hebrew Scriptures say, ‘Iron shapes iron and friend shapes friend,’ what are his friends like? …

“Does he use money responsibly? Is he stingy? Most marriages that founder do so because of money — she’s thrifty, he’s on his 10th credit card.

“Don’t marry a problem character thinking you will change him. He’s a heavy drinker, or some other kind of addict, but if he marries a good woman, he’ll settle down. People are the same after marriage as before, only more so.

“Take a good, unsentimental look at his family — you’ll learn a lot about him and his attitude towards women.  Is there … an atmosphere of racism, sexism or prejudice in his home? Are his goals and deepest beliefs worthy and similar to yours? …

“Finally: Does he possess those character traits that add up to a good human being — the willingness to forgive, praise, be courteous? Or is he inclined to be a fibber, to fits of rage, to be a control freak, to be envious of you, to be secretive?”

It strikes me that a good choice for president would do well to start here. Obviously too few of us gave GW Bush the test.

Profound gratitude for a President with heart and soul

Profound: adj. characterized by intensity of feeling or quality, all-encompassing.

After eight years in the wilderness we finally get a president who has a big heart and a deep soul.

And he’s very easy on the eye……

Here are some pictures from his family’s surprise visit to a church soup kitchen and school yesterday. All I can say is WOW.





After shaking hands with the food bank volunteers, he came over to the pool and had this to say:

“The number of people who are getting food this year is up 33%. It gives a sense times are tough – and I think that on Thanksgiving it’s important for us to remember there’s a need for support.

“These folks were already oftentimes having a tough time, and it gets tougher now.” He encouraged all Americans of means to help out however they could. “This is part of what Thanksgiving should be all about,” he said.

Asked why he’d brought his daughters along, he replied: “I want them to learn the importance of how fortunate they are and to make sure they’re giving back.”