.by Anura Guruge
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Am I the ONLY one that noticed that this was the first State of the Union in 20 years without Hillary Rodham Clinton? I missed her. As I said recently, I have done a 720° on her and Bill.
Also noticed that that dark, not-good-looking, quite fat, always scowling (as he should) Supreme Court Judge boycotted the event. I am glad. He always spoils the surroundings, he always looks so out of place.
I let Devanee stay up and watch it. I was glad. She is into politics and given that she campaigned for Obama it is only fair that she gets to see him in all his glory and pomp.
The Republicans already lost 2016. Sitting glum, not applauding when the President asks for the minimum wage to be increased or to ensure equal pay for women will not get them many votes. I feel bad for them. Poor John Boehner. He looked pale today, but who wouldn’t sitting next to the irrepressible, Joe Biden. I think he also has something wrong with his legs. He only managed to stand up twice and that was a struggle. He might need leg braces soon.
Loved 98% of what the President proposed. Things are definitely brighter. This was a good night. I was pleased. Devanee was impressed. I have listened to 20 odd (and some extremely odd) State of the Unions. This I think was the best. Bravo Mr. President.
.by Anura Guruge
>> Ray Burton On Casino Gaming Revenue … — Dec. 5, 2012.
>> I Take Umrage … That ‘Alida Milham’ … Looks Like ‘Ray Burton In Drag’
>>– Nov. 5, 2012.
>> The New, NH Legislators Assume Office Tomorrow, December 5, 2012
>>– Dec. 4, 2012.
Ray and I may be poles apart of certain issues, but I have always liked him — ever since the day, probably 14 years ago, he came up to me, I think at Sandwich Fair and shook my hand. He is one of those politicians that always comes across as being above petty party dogma and is always thinking about what is good for his constituents. I invariably find that Ray is the bastion of common sense, e.g., his support for casino gambling. [Our Steve Miller reminds me of Ray and I hope that Steve will consider running for a State office.] He strikes me as somebody that you could always go to, irrespective of political affiliations, if you needed help. There was a time in the late 1990s when I was a core member of a ultra-elite Meredith Republican cabal. We used to meet once a month, on the first Thursday of the month for dinner at a member’s house. One of the most senior state officials was a member. Suffice to say that this group, which had housed Regan during his NH primary, knew Ray Burton extremely well. I would her tales about Ray and his exploits. I kind of learned that Ray has an ‘open-house’ weekend party at his spread in Bath, I think in the Spring. As far as I can remember anybody could go. I have never gone. If Ray has it this year I might make the effort.
Ray is expected to recover. Which is good. NH needs Ray. So lets wish him all the best.