The Greybeard Chronicles: Obama, Elvis, Jesus and Me

President Obama said that Congress needs to get busy serving the American people, rather than campaigning for the next election. He said this WHILE in IOWA, where he was CAMPAIGNING for the next election. Meanwhile, Rick Perry, the Texas Ken doll of a governor, whom I suppose I am supposed to love because he is a conservative and a “Christian,” is throwing his ten-gallon hat into the ring.

(Yes, that was a long, heavy sigh you just heard from me. Long. Heavy. Weary.)

When did American politics devolve into nothing more than posturing , finger-pointing and buck-passing?

Oh, wait. I know: When it became politics.

In other news, Elvis Presley is still gone. It was 34 years ago today that the world heard the devastating words, “The king is dead.”

Thirty-four years!

Imagine this: An American today can be old enough to go through a mid-life crisis, but have no personal recollection of Elvis. This makes the gray in my goatee feel more like a poignant identifier of age than any sort of indicator of wisdom. You know you are getting long in the tooth when an icon of your youth is now simply an historical figure.

In other other news, the King of kings lives.

So, today it’s politics as usual, mixed with an iconic reminder of our own mortality and the brevity of life...

And hope.

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.