June 19, 2004

O is for opinion

opinion - n.
A belief or conclusion held with confidence but not substantiated by positive knowledge or proof: “The world is not run by thought, nor by imagination, but by opinion” (Elizabeth Drew).
A judgment based on special knowledge and given by an expert: a medical opinion.
A judgment or estimation of the merit of a person or thing: has a low opinion of braggarts.
The prevailing view: public opinion.
Law. A formal statement by a court or other adjudicative body of the legal reasons and principles for the conclusions of the court.

So I was asked what my opinion was, having seen the President and all that. Someone should remind me that speaking with reporters when one has only had a few hours of sleep followed by three hours of standing while having a heat stroke...well, it is a bad fucking idea.

I wish I could say that he didn't get it right...but I can't. He did. He quoted what I said. What upsets me most is that I sound like I'm seventeen. I was quoted in the newspaper has having used the word "psyched" in reference to John McCain. Please, just shoot me now, OK?

Am I a Bush supporter? No, I am not. I'm not quite Republican material and that is OK by me. I wish I could explain better than "Hey, it was a once-in-a-lifetime thing!" on why I took the Child with me to see the President. I can tell you that she wasn't impressed and spent more time thinking "hey, it's damn hot in here!" than listening to what was being said.

There were some nice things said about the soldiers. Even if I don't agree with why my husband is there, it is nice to hear other people saying good things about them. It was nice to hear that soldiers will have whatever they need to "fight the war on terror", though I hope that also means that they'll let my husband retire when he comes home.

I wish that more family members would have been given the opportunity to attend the speech. I feel bad that I'm not even really a supporter and I got to go, when there are wives out there that are much more supportive than I who didn't get to go.

I am glad I went. I am glad I took the Child with me. I don't regret too awful much the long hours of yesterday.

Posted by rowEn at 04:31 PM | Comments (0)