Monday, December 16, 2013

Giving the devil his due

I've never been a fan of the 43rd president, George W Bush, for reasons that I just won't go into here.

But on the grounds that even a stopped clock is right twice a day, I have to salute the former prez for a classy thing he did.

As you know, Alabama football fans the world over were heartbroken when the Crimson Tide lost to stupid stupid Auburn in the annual Iron Bowl game last month.

As crestfallen supporters watched Auburn run back a missed field goal for a victory that knocked 'Bama out of contention for a third straight national title, they recalled that during the game, place kicker Cade Foster missed two field goal tries and had a third blocked, leading coach Nick Saban to use freshman kicker Adam Griffith to try that 57-yard field goal to win the game, a try that fell short, allowing Auburn's Chris Davis, Jr, to run the ball all the way down my heart.

Unkind fans blamed Foster, who wore uniform #43, and have besieged him with unpleasantness.  They apparently missed all the other chances that the Tide had to win the game.  But no!

Anyhow, here comes a letter to Foster from none other than old little Bush the other day, saying:
“Dear Cade (#43), life has its setbacks. I know! However, you will be a stronger human with time. I wish you all the best. Sincerely, another 43, George Bush”
Bush's father, who also rose to high political office, was known for sending thank-you notes and letters of encouragement such as this.  I just think this is great.

I wish he had not had cause to write it, though.


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