I am old enough to remember the real fear we felt during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Many of us were not aware of how great the danger really was and revelations from Bobby Kennedy’s papers have confirmed we had great reason to be anxious. Apparently, the Russ ions had more tactical nukes present than we thought and Khrushchev was locked into a response driven by the other side’s paranoia.
Since that time, many other things have worked to keep me up at night. Two Arab Israeli wars, nerve gas stockpiles, Y2K, oil shortages, and on and on. Okay Y2K not so much since I had long before that figured out how big of a hoax that was going to turn out to be. But the other world issues were very real and very concerning.
Closer to home, I worried when Jeannie and Mark were both in Kuwait on the eve of the Liberation of Iraq and every day until they both came safely home. That fear and worry continues for all of our men and women who are in harms way every single day. In uniform or not, those people who represent us abroad are sitting targets in a sea of hate.
I worried like hell while we waited for the doctors to tell us if the cells were cancerous. I stared at the ceiling many nights when I was unexpectedly out of work and my company was taking so long in a horrid economy. Sometimes I worry that the vision of staring into a thin beam of light will come back before I have finished my race.
What do you worry about late at night? What keeps you up? More importantly, what keeps our leaders awake at night?
Apparently with great power comes great fear. I have read books by both 41 and 43. Those guys were serious men with a keen awareness of the problems they were dealt. I suppose I just assumed that every President has his own fears. I just had no idea until today what Obama’s major fear was.
Yes, that’s right, the dust up between American Idol Judges Mariah Carey and Nikki Minaj has been keeping the leader of the formerly most powerful nation on earth awake at night
When asked by serious commentator Yo Mama (or something like that) where he stood, the Commander in Chief weighed in with his full assurance to the people of America.
"I think that they are going to be able to sort it out, I am confident," the president reassured. "I’m all about bringing people together, working for the same cause, I think both outstanding artists are going to be able to make sure that they’re moving forward and not going backwards."
Not letting the president get off too easily, Yo asked Obama the hard-hitting question about whether he has a favorite between the two. "Mariah, she’s actually done some events for us. I’ve gotten to know her and Nick (Cannon), she’s a wonderful lady. Nicki I don’t know, but I’ve got her on my iPod."
And just who still thinks the first (or is it second) black president isn’t up to the task???
Wow. Just wow. At least I won’t have that to keep me awake tonight.
(Meanwhile, we are still waiting for a full disclosure on phony jobs numbers, the real story in Libya, unending violence in Syria, nuclear weapons in so many rogue nations hands and more to come, dead American soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Ambassadors… you know, trivial crap in Obama’s eyes)