BUSH ON SPECIAL OLYMPICS!
I was stunned, yesterday, when Wolfe Blitzer had an interview with former Surgeon General, Admiral Richard H. Camona. Shoot me with a tazer and give me 15 minutes of pain, please! Believe this. Proof that Bush is the absolute “scum of the Republicans,” when ones life-history will be measured harshly. There is no questions now, how Bush will tip the scale, as the worst and most despicable president in the history of The US, even below foul-mouthed, criminal, ... Nixon. For the life of me, ... I cannot see how Laura puts up with her unscrupulous husband.
Admiral Camona had an invitation to go to Vermont’s, or one of the northeast states', Special Olympics celebration. The attorney general submitted a request several times, with only rejections. Not on government time. One of his superiors had this to say.
Don't you know who is behind the Special Olympics? We cannot allow you to do that. Your duties are for this administration, which is Republican, scolded his superior.
Camona took time off, ... his own time, subsidized by himself, made the journey himself. There are few people who know any more about Special Olympics than I do. My first year as an elementary counselor, I was called and informed that I was to go and sponsor our school’s Special Olympics, at Edmond, Oklahoma.
Now, I had 2 young kids at home, and I really felt "underwhelmed" about this three day gig. In fact, you might have described my attitude as, Bush-like. Even some of the high school kids weren’t too happy. They thought it would leave a stain on their reputation. But on the way back, their attitude had made a 180 degree turn, ... and so had mine! The celebration had been breath-taking.
Oklahoma’s Special Olympics stayed in Edmond one more year, and then it was moved to the beautiful and sprawling campus of Oklahoma State University. As the rules go, there has to be one man sponsor for every 8 male students, and our sponsors and students were blown away by a move of about 60 miles. It was awesome. OSU has swimming pools and tennis courts! They stayed in air conditioned comfort in the huge student housing complex.
As our own, four kids grew up, they even were excited about Special Olympics, and we took them to district play-offs; and they became huggers and were assigned their own student, who they were responsible for. The experiences were good for our kids, because, only by luck or God, they weren’t born with significant special needs. In fact, our youngest, who never attended Special Olympics, was included in our Special Education Program, though, with an Individual Education Plan (IEP), through all of her school experience, except that she was mainstreamed her junior and senior year. She has a complex Learning Disability with which she battles every day, though her IQ is well above average.