Friday, November 11, 2005

A Miracle from God 

Bird flu, Republicans, Democrats, terrorists, pervasive impotence, irrevocably private and impossible-to-articulate anxiety, digestive disfunction, television, the corruption of every word in the language, the widespread belief that Jesus Christ was and is a bloodthirsty Hitlerite fascist, the opening of one's eyes again and again every morning, the seemingly indefatigable functioning of the respiratory system, Joseph Biden, the fact of birth...

And yet God is with us.

From the Washington Post:

Aretha Franklin was teary-eyed, Carol Burnett was teasing, Alan Greenspan was reliably taciturn, and "The Greatest of All Time" stole the show when President Bush bestowed the Medal of Freedom on them and 10 others in a White House ceremony yesterday.

Bush, who appeared almost playful, fastened the heavy medal around Muhammad Ali's neck and whispered something in the heavyweight champion's ear. Then, as if to say "bring it on," the president put up his dukes in a mock challenge. Ali, 63, who has Parkinson's disease and moves slowly, looked the president in the eye -- and, finger to head, did the "crazy" twirl for a couple of seconds.

The room of about 200, including Cabinet secretaries, tittered with laughter. Ali, who was then escorted back to his chair, made the twirl again while sitting down. And the president looked visibly taken aback, laughing nervously.


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