Nice Doggie

Too many rocks headed my way yesterday in reaction to the post about Obama and Jackie, whoo!

Who said if you can’t stand the heat get out of the kitchen? Harry Truman, wasn’t it? If politics is the art of the possible (which it is) and if much of it relies on tact and diplomacy (which it does) then a second remark comes to mind, this uttered by the great Will Rogers: “Diplomacy is the art of saying ‘Nice doggie’  until you can find a rock.

These are snakey times all right; people are mad. It brings to mind what Will Rogers also said: “Every guy just looks in his own pocket and then votes. And the funny part of it is that it’s the last year of an administration that counts. A president can have three bad ones and then wind up with everybody having money in the fourth, and the incumbent will win so far he needn’t even stay up to hear the returns. Conditions win elections, not speeches.” Pretty apt! He also said, ‘Be thankful we’re not getting all the government we’re paying for.” Apt again.

So tomorrow I think I’ll get as far away from ‘the kitchen’ as I can and return to Jackie Kennedy Onassis Tempelseman (if we can pretend she married that last guy which she might as well have.) But how can we end without quoting Will one more time?

“We don’t know what we want but we’re ready to bite somebody to get it”.

Hard to believe he spoke 80 years ago, eh?