Participation Awards All Around

President George W. will address the country for a final time as president this evening at 8.00.  In one part of his prepared speech he will say “You may not agree with some tough decisions I have made, but I hope you can agree that I was willing to make the tough decisions.”

I could be misunderstanding Mr. Bush, but it kind of sounds like he’s asking for a participation award – you know, that disappointing little certificate or ribbon you get for being nothing short of awful at field day in the second grade.  George W. may not have made the right decisions, he seems to be saying, but at least he decided.  He’s not asking us to say he won the carrying-an-egg-on-a-spoon race, just to acknowledge that he picked which spoon to use.

Well, now that I know that this is our standard for judging elected officials, I say we hand out participation ribbons all around!  Blagojevich may not have not have made the best decision to become blatantly corrupt, but at least he made up his mind!  And Congress! wow, they sure have been participating recently.

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