George Bush brings all new meaning to the word “White House.” Pres. Bush got himself new digs in an upscale Dallas suburb called Preston Hollow. Just 8 years ago — not 20, not 40, not 60, not in the throes of the civil rights movement or segregation, no, just 8 years ago, someone like Colin Powell or Secretary of State Rice couldn’t couldn’t move next door to the President. Why? Not because they couldn’t afford it — although most of us in the midst of this financial crisis can’t (thank you very much, Mr. President). No, it’s because of the following legal covenant, the text of which can be found by clicking here: meaders_estates_covenant1. In case reading the whole thing makes you vomit, here is Section 11 of the covenant: “Said property shall be used and occupied by white persons only except these covenants shall not prevent occupancy by domestic servants of different race or nationality in the employ of a tenant.”
Hopelessly out of touch. That’s the real Bush legacy.
P.S. Congrats on finally saying the “R” word. It’s so refreshing to finally hear you say that we’re in a recession instead of the usual political double-speak that goes something like this: ‘well, the economy is growing at a more moderate pace than we would have hoped which is leaving a lot of people in the uncomfortable position of having to re-double their efforts to find that true can-do American spirit that will lift us out of these hard economic times.’
I have a dream…
I just learned that President-Elect Barack Obama will have a laptop on his desk in the Oval Office. Duhhh, you say? Well, did you also know that Obama will be the first president in the history of the USA to use a laptop on his desk? Why is this important? It is a sign. A sign of a president who does plan on doing work on his desk and he will harness the productivity power of the computer. It also is an indication of someone that understands the tremendous power of the Internet. Think about this — as President of the United States, you are isolated. You are surrounded by security and staffers who shield the outside world. Your exposure to TV is probably filtered by people who identify critical news that you should watch. Your world view is viewed by the professionals that brief on world affairs, history and recommended responses. You essentially live in an Ivory Tower known as the Presidency.
Now we will have a President who hopefully will at least have access to a Web browser. Imagine that… a president who can read news, blogs, social media rants and even home made videos on YouTube. Do I dare think that the isolation of the Presidency that delivers President George Herbet Walker Bush did not know the price of a gallon of milk, will be shattered with the use of a laptop in the Oval Office?
Maybe I am dreaming. But maybe, just maybe, we will have a President who will solicit his own information leveraging the same tool that millions of us have come to rely on every day. – Glenn