Air has escaped from everywhere

Air has escaped from everywhere

01/23/2015

The similarity between the president’s State of the Union Address, the opposition’s response and the New England Patriots’ victory two weeks ago over the Indianapolis Colts is that they all were working with inflated egos and deflated …

I say without any direct knowledge, of course, having observed a time-honored tradition in my household when it comes to all political and certain sporting events.

I purposely did not watch any of these three broadcasts for otherwise unrelated reasons. In the latter circumstance, it was simply a matter of my feeling that both participants in that contest should have been strapped to the Mars rover and shot into space some time ago.

In short, Indianapolis stole my old team many years ago and New England stole an opposing team’s sideline signals and any number of games by what I believe were nefarious means.

As for the former two, I have never watched these fog and pony shows regardless of who is in charge, or not, because I’m more of a “show me, don’t tell me” kind of person.

Having said that, I don’t understand how major news types can then follow up these presentations with a half-hour, or half-page, summary of what was said and what it meant. I can do it in 47 words.

President: “We did a lot of good things and plan to do a bunch more good things and, by the way, the bad things that happened weren’t our fault.”

Opposition rebuttal: They’re lying and we’re not. By the way, we tried to tell them about those bad things, but nooooooo.”

Tell me that’s not how it went down. Besides, I prefer to maintain the illusion that these people are saying something of importance and I wouldn’t want to ruin that by actually hearing them say it. That would be, well, deflating.

Speaking of which, the similarity between the president’s State of the Union Address, the opposition’s response and the New England Patriots’ victory two weeks ago over the Indianapolis Colts is that they all engaged in releasing a certain amount of air for their own benefit rather anyone else’s.

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