So this morning, I got up at 6:20am, took a shower, ate cereal, and went to Walgreens. Oh yeah, and I saw the president.
My wife and I (and about 5000 other people) went to a Republican campaign rally at the Springfield Expo Center. We heard the likes of Roy Blunt (congressman), Jim Talent (who the rally was really for, senator), Matt Blunt (governor, Roy's son), and the one and only: Dubya.
His speech got off to a weak start, but I was ultimately impressed. He made a good point about the tax credit for children. Basically, if the tax cuts are not made permanent, then you will have to pay $500 more in taxes every year for each child you have. Wow. Also, how does leaving Iraq win the war? We've got to finish the job, or we'll just have to go back again.
He made an excellent example about how he spoke with the Japanese prime minister on Air Force one a few months ago. They talked about how to keep the peace. In 1941, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and yanked America into WWII. In 2006, the two heads of government were talking, as allies, how to keep the peace. If we stick with the course in the middle east, we can look forward to talking with reasonable heads of democratic governments, as allies, about how to keep the peace in other parts of the world. I found this to be greatly encouraging.
Overall, it's been a good day, and seeing the president certainly didn't diminish it.