Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Viva, La Presidente!

Very little time for words.  I suppose I could just hold off for the weekend, but not sharing the pictures from my recent adventures in news just seems selfish.

So, here's a post where I ramble for a couple of paragraphs about a recent assignment.

Hey, check it out.  That's a chunk of the Berlin Wall.

Sure, it's taken me a couple of days, but I wouldn't want to give the impression that I'm making a political statement by not posting sooner the photos I took at the President Bush appearance at the Reagan Library.

That would never be my intent.  Heck, I don't have the time to be that petty.

Besides, for me it was a cool event (even if you don't agree with the decisions Bush made during his time in office).

It's not every day that I get to cover Presidential appearances and I appreciated the opportunity.

I know there are many who might not have been able to enjoy it for what it was (and where it was, for that matter), but I didn't look at the event like I was in enemy territory.

That's just too simplistic a way to view things.

Yeah, I don't know if there's a label you can put on it (labels? I don't worry about that either).  I just know that I don't always show respect for my elected officials and I'm often pretty quick to criticize (okay, mock) them.

Lately, I've just been feeling as if I don't want to part of that game.

I'm frustrated by the state of the world.  I concerned that I'm not doing enough to make a difference.  I'm not interested in pointing fingers and laying blame.

I just want thing to get better.

Maybe I'll feel different later, but right now I just don't want to be part of the juvenile posturing and snarkiness that many people have substituted for genuine intelligent discourse.

That's what I was thinking as I posted these pictures.  Mostly, it was just a cool assignment.

Some of what I've written here was what I said to the Secret Service agent who came out of the building to check out who was standing in the window taking pictures of the former President and the activity inside.

It was a short conversation.  I think he'd seen me earlier and knew I was with the media and meant no harm.

The thing is, as he approached me I wondered if it was serious enough to have snipers target me (they probably didn't).  Hmm, I wonder if I'm now being watched (I'm probably not).  I wonder if they have somebody in Secret Service headquarters (some young low level desk jockey) checking out my blog to see if I'm any sort of a threat.

I doubt it.

But, you never know.

Well, I have more to say and more to pictures to post, but right now I have to get ready for work.  I hope everyone has a happy Thanksgiving.  Enjoy the day and enjoy your friends and family.

That's what I'm going to do.
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

great pictures. Thought provoking commentary.