I grew concerned when I found out that Dick Cheney was no longer part of the Executive Branch of this government. There was a void at the top that needed to be filled. Dick was the brains of this Presidency and he was no longer part of this Executive Department.
But today, I learned that the President was also not part of the Executive Division of Government.
“An executive order that Bush issued in March 2003 — amending an existing order — requires all government agencies that are part of the executive branch to submit to oversight. Although it doesn’t specifically say so, Bush’s order was not meant to apply to the vice president’s office or the president’s office, a White House spokesman said.”
I miss having a President in the executive branch.
O.K., I had made fun of Bush and Cheney many a time. But they were likeable dudes. Guys you could go out for a beer with. And now they weren’t part of the Executive Branch at all. I mean like the Executive Division was without a leader.
I should like to dedicate a wonderful poem “O Captain! My Captain!” (Walt Whitman 1900 Leaves of Grass) to the loss of the President and Vice-President from the Executive Division of our Government:
“O CAPTAIN! my Captain! our fearful trip is done;
The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won;
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring:
But O heart! heart! heart! 5
O the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.
O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up—for you the flag is flung—for you the bugle trills; 10
For you bouquets and ribbon’d wreaths—for you the shores a-crowding;
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;
Here Captain! dear father!
This arm beneath your head;
It is some dream that on the deck, 15
You’ve fallen cold and dead.
My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still;
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will;
The ship is anchor’d safe and sound, its voyage closed and done;
From fearful trip, the victor ship, comes in with object won; 20
Exult, O shores, and ring, O bells!
But I, with mournful tread,
Walk the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead. “
Some liberals may scoff and say the nation is better off without this ‘Dynamic Duo’. But Holy Batman, they are the ones who made us safe from terrorism here in America. We could fight them there instead of here. We didn’t let conventions get in the way of torturing the terrorists and getting information. We interned them and we posited them in secret prisons. We reduced taxes and gave Americans more of their own money. When Katrina hit New Orleans, we gave the victims bus tickets to elsewhere. And we have made America safe for unborn embryos. And above all, they may have failed us once on 9/11, but they haven’t attacked us twice!
I will miss having a President and Vice-President.
But then again, I always get sentimental at times like this. My kids even say I cry at chick flicks.