As I approach my 31st birthday in a little more than a fortnight, it occurs to me that I have never, ever been so busy in my entire life. Work is work, school is school, and I always make time for family whenever possible. This semester, however, is actually pretty tough on me, and Joanna and I are working overtime to get our house ready to go on the market. That means sorting and packing stuff up to get things out — and with so little spare time to begin with, it’s been slow-going.
One little thing that has helped tremendously on the weekends, as they are my primary study time and our best chance at making progress on the house, is to put up a single post that is a little more “interactive” than the rest. Last weekend, for example, it was an appeal for votes for Aaron Tillinger’s NuBarter (they made the finals, by the way, and he expresses his sincere appreciation). Next weekend, I have an idea for something that could be a great deal of fun. This weekend, though, I just hope we can get some laughs.
Thank you for understanding my time constraints. Of course, if something noteworthy happens, I’ll be on it. But, in the meantime, I want some comedy genius with regard to the photo below.
For their first face-to-face meeting since Gen. Stanley McChrystal was chosen to serve as the president’s go-to guy in Afghanistan, and for only their third conversation in more than 70 days, Gen. McChrystal met with the president for a full half-hour in Air Force One while on the runway in Copenhagen following Obama’s failed Olympic bid. The first thing I thought when I saw this photo? Naturally, that the president was talking and not listening.
Since we already know that the president of the United States is uncomfortable with the concept of victory, I couldn’t help but wonder what the pair were talking about.
What do you think?
My hasty contribution:
President Obama: It’s frustrating. I play basketball to keep in shape. I run. I work out in the White House gym. I installed a chin-up bar in the private restroom adjacent to the oval office. I do everything I can, and I still can’t beat the First Lady when it comes to arm wrestling.
Gen. McChrystal: I’m sorry, Mr. President. I don’t know what to tell you. I can’t beat her, either.
Original photograph by Pete Souza (The White House).