Dino Rossi, a Republican looking to become Washington’s governor, told a cool story today at an event I covered. DISCLAIMER: DON’T ASSUME YOU KNOW HOW I’LL VOTE JUST BECAUSE OF THIS LITTLE BLOG.
His four kids were bugging him for a dog. They had lost their cat (to death, I think) and wanted a dog to replace it. Dino the would-be governor kept saying “no” (I think if my name were Dino I might not take fondly to the idea of the house getting another pet, either — Flintstones reference). He said the kids hadn’t shown they could be responsible enough, but they kept insisting.
One day, in exasperation, he gave them the terms under which they could get a dog. If President George W. Bush called and said they should, then they would. Then he forgot about it, thinking there would be no way that would ever happen. By now, of course, you know that it did. Otherwise this would be a really lame story. Here’s how:
Rossi, being the political type that he is, arranged to have the family tour the West Wing of the White House in July during a visit to D.C. As the family approached the Oval Office, Rossi could see his oldest daughter, 13-year-old Juliauna, peeking around the velvet ropes keeping would be office visitors from going inside. The tour guide noticed, too, and asked Juliauna what she wanted. Juliauna said she had a letter she wanted to deliver to the president. The tour guide agreed to do it for her. Rossi figured the letter would disappear into the piles of other letters the president gets, so he wasn’t worried.
The letter read:
“Dear Mr. President,
“I know you are busy, but we are hoping you could help me. My name is Juliauna Rossi. I am enclosing a picture of myself. I am writing this on behalf of my brothers Jake and Joseph and my baby sister Jillian.
“We asked our dad if we could have a dog and he said he would get one for us only if you told him to.
“So Mr. President, I am hoping you can take time out from your busy schedule to tell my dad to get us a dog. We are enclosing a card with his address and phone number on it.
“P.S. Don’t call too early! There is a three hour time difference.”
Weeks later Juliauna received a letter from the White House. Inside was a handwritten note reading:
“Thank you for your letter and picture.
“I agree that dogs are good friends. I love Spot and Barney.
“So, please tell your dad, I think you should have a dog.
“George W. Bush”
So now Dino was whupped. They went to the animal shelter and picked up a dog. They named him “Dubya.”
Now no matter what you think of George W. Bush, it certainly was a cool gesture for him to respond as he did. Even better was Rossi’s comment today about his daughter. “Juliauna had no idea that was impossible.”
It’s a message that can speak possibilities to those who are committed to their limitations. Personally, I’ve been committed to the notion that I can’t get my weight down to a healthy level. I know it’s not true, but the feelings I get are all about how tough it is to take it off and keep it off. So I’m challenging those beliefs right now.
Now for a dig at Republicans
Yesterday there was an AP story reporting polls showing that support for the president was diminishing. In response Karl Rove was ordering more American flags in Bush-Cheney campaign ads.
Yeah, there’s nothing like the sweet, soothing balm of Old Glory to ease the painful sting of unemployment.