Recently my guys and I went to a Black Box production of a Tom Stoppard's "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead". The play is described as 'Pythonesque' as it is an existentialist tragicomedy. The play is about the 'misadventures and musings of these two minor characters from William Shakespeare's Hamlet who happen to be childhood friends of the prince", from the director's description. The play is a behind the scene look, if you will, into those around the character, Hamlet.
Last night I watched a behind the scene look into the daily life of President Bush. In Bret Baier's 'George W. Bush: Fighting to the Finish' on Fox News, the viewer saw the President in the White House, on Air Force One, at the ranch in Crawford, and in the private residence in the White House.
He and Laura Bush were able to speak about the conservation program they are implementing on the ranch. It is a prairie restoration project, bringing back the native grasses to the Texas prairie. It goes back to how the prairie was a century ago when it was settled. The grasses are good for the cattle, for grazing, and for the birds, too. I know that those on the other side of the political aisle like to paint Republicans as the party of those not concerned with the environment. It was never true, of course, but leaders in the public spotlight are able to prove otherwise, too.
The President and Mrs. Bush also spoke about the projects going forward in Africa to combat malaria and AIDS. I know that there are those who are critics of this kind of foreign aid. The Bushes are able spokespeople, speaking to the benefit of foreign aid. A strong, healthy work force makes a nation successful. If citizens are able to work and take care of themselves and their families, they are not so susceptible to signing on to terrorism.
President Bush said the freedom agenda is "the calling of our time."
The program showed the speech writers putting together the State of the Union address. Tonight the president will give that speech, his last State of the Union address. The Bush twin daughters will be sitting with Laura Bush in the audience. When President Bush was inaugurated, they were beginning college. Now they are both educated, accomplished young women with lives of their own.
And, today brought the news of a U.S. Embassy worker's murder in his home in Pakistan. The freedom agenda. The calling of our time.