When I read about Barack and Michele Obama and their children, I really like them. They seem to be devoted parents to their daughters; they have given Michele’s widowed mother a home with them and yesterday they went out on the WH lawn with bags of goodies for Trick or Treaters….the bags had dried fruits and some M and M’s plus home baked cookies from the WH kitchen.
They looked like they were genuinely enjoying themselves with other kids in costumes; some were shivering in badly in the wintery, inclement weather in Washington DC and FLOTUS put her arms around one and also her heavy coat around the child who was so cold. The Obamas are very human and can be warm and personable in such circumstances.
It is when he goes into political mode and begins articulating his desired policies that I can forget all the “warm personal fuzzies” and disagree with him and his administration almost totally. I find his policies ruinous for our nation and it seems that he is doing all he can by politics and other ways…devious ways when you consider his wanting to “go around” our congressional bodies to accomplish his goals which won’t get passed by either Dems or Republicans….ruinous to the Republic’s standards including our Constitution. It seems that Obama and those who believe as he does are set on changing this nation into a Marxist/Socialist one.
But it is being resisted mightily. Obama’s approval ratings are dropping like Isaac Newton’s famous apple(s).
Now an article today (Oct 30) titled ” Experts Begin To Doubt Obama’s Electability” (Neil Munro)) calls Obama “toast” in the 2012 election even though that election is a ways off.
Also an opinion piece in the “Chicago Sun Times” by Steve Huntley …”Obama Tripping Over His Words” does not offer a great deal of hope for recovery by the Obama camp in 2012. Both pieces are good reads and reflective of the realistic world of politics at the present time…..none of it good for candidate Obama.(I still think he is a really good Dad and personable man).
On other notes: Our youngest son and his son who also happens to be the youngest in that family, have had a wonderful football weekend with us. We all went to the Bison/UNI game yesterday and were elated over the Bison’s victory over the team that all Missouri Valley schools want to beat…University of Northern Iowa (UNI) The Bison did it now in fall of 2011 after losing at least 3 contests with UNI in the years that the MVC has been part of the Bison world of football. It was really great to be in the THUNDER DOME to see it and HEAR it happen. I do not think the FargoDome has ever been that loud!!!! The roar was deafening on Saturday.
And then today the hapless Vikings beat Carolina in the Carolina home arena. Miracles DO HAPPEN!!!!! My son wanted the Vikes to lose again so they have good chance in the NFL draft to get the quarterback from Stanford…Mr. Luck. We watched the Stanford/USC game on TV last night. That is about all the footballI can take for the weekend although there is still an NFL game playing to itself in another room right now.
I just came in from seeing our native prairie grasses on a high hill east of our house. It is hilly, gravelly land that has never been farmed or cultivated and a wild grass expert identified at least 10 species of native grasses that are there and perhaps have been there since the beginning of time. It is amazing to think that land has never been disturbed.
We plan to sow more big bluestem grass next spring and do a controlled burn on the area where the native grasses are growing. The Minnesota DNR does a lot of controlled burns to encourage natural prairie grasses and plants. We always see the smoke from the burn at Buffalo Park in early May each year.
Burning encourages marvelous growth in prarie grasses and other plants. Hopefully doing a burn at our site will do the same and we will see the natural prairie grasses thriving even more next fall.