Thursday, November 10, 2016

The Job of the Relay Runner

And one thing you realize quickly in this job is that the presidency 
and the vice-presidency is bigger than any of us.  So I have instructed 
my team to follow the example that President Bush's team set 
eight years ago,and work as hard as we can to make sure that 
this is a successful transition for the president-elect. 

Because we are now all rooting for his success in uniting 
and leading the country.The peaceful transition of power is one of the 
hallmarks of our democracy.  And over the 
next few months, we are going to show that to the world...

...So this was a long and hard fought campaign.  A lot of our fellow 
Americans are exalted today, a lot of Americans are less so, 
but that's the nature of campaigns, that's the nature 
of democracy.  It is hard and sometimes contentious
and noisy and it's not always inspiring...

...You know, the path this country has taken has never been a straight line. 
We zig and zag and sometimes we move in ways 
that some people think is forward and
others think is moving back, and that's OK...

...I've said this before, I think of this job as being a relay runner.  
You take the baton, you run your best race and hopefully 
by the time you hand it off, you're a little further ahead, 
you've made a little progress.  And I can say that we've done that 
and I want to make sure that hand-off is well executed 
because ultimately we're all on the 
same team.
- President Barack Obama 

First things first - to my good friend and running companera, Gidg:  Aloha!  Happy 5-0!  I hope that you spend your birthday having to do far less running than we did on the Sunday immediately preceding your birthday.  You are not as young now as you were then.  Just saying. 

Second, I came across this on-line yesterday and immediately thought of the incomparably great Dave Lackland and his late, equally great reptilian wing man, King Carl.  If you have not seen it, then watch it here for the first time (with the volume up if possible since the commentary is interesting). It is not particularly long but it is damn compelling.  And, maybe just maybe, if you have awakened to find yourself distressed on these past two November mornings, then what transpires in the video at or about the 1:33 mark will serve as a reservoir of hope.  

A harbinger of the fact that there are indeed better days ahead for all of us.  As long as we keep our heads and refuse to succumb to panic...

...and keep at least one eye on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to make sure that the new guy does not drop the baton.


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