Bag of Randomness for Thursday, September 22, 2016
The perfect name for a self-driving vehicle would be “automobile” but that’s already taken.
My favorite line in last night’s season premiere of ‘Modern Family’ was when Phil was about to crash the car and fearing death yelled, “Not today!”. WifeGeeding and I’ve been watching the first two seasons of ‘Game of Thrones’ and a repetitive phrase used is, “What do we say to death? Not today.”
There’s some sort of local trial going on that the media is all abuzz about but I can’t tell you one thing about it other than a blonde woman is a victim. I’m not trying to throw the race card, that’s really all I know about it. And then there’s another big murder which also includes another blonde woman.
I ain’t complaining, but you just don’t see Jessie Jackson in the news like you used to. And to me, that’s surprising considering racial tensions the news broadcasts.
I caught a little bit of Kiefer Sutherland’s new show in which he becomes president after all or most of the cabinet dies. It has potential, but he’s wearing makeup which contorts his face a bit and throws me off.
As his two-term presidency draws to a close, Barack Obama is looking back—at the legacies of his predecessors, as well as his own—and forward, to the freedom of life after the White House. In a wide-ranging conversation with one of the nation’s foremost presidential historians, he talks about his ambitions, frustrations, and the decisions that still haunt him.
There’s a lot of talk about ambition and how it relates to Lincoln’s quote, “Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. I have no other so great as that of being truly esteemed of my fellow men, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem.”
The two go back and forth on how former presidents gained and lost ambition with a good mix of temperament and optimism. I’m not an optimist, though I strive to be one.
There’s so much I’d like to comment about this article, but I know politics is a dicey issue, but I will say I really enjoyed this read and he’s much more aware of certain things regarding perception than I thought he was.
One IKE story:
I think I told you the story about Eisenhower, that he had not personally dialed a phone call for so long that when he finally was out of the presidency he picked up the phone and he hears this buzz, and he said, “What’s this buzz?” It’s the dial tone, Mr. President.
The article mentions this painting. I never noticed the rainbow over Lincoln’s shoulder until the article pointed it out. I guess I just focused on all the faces all these years.