I was lounging around in bed in a Saturday morning kind of way when a streak of pink caught my eye and drew me to the window, where the east was erupting in a blaze of orange and scarlet that got me out the door and down to the beach just as a red sphere was rising from a gray sea into a pink and silver sky.
No one was around and a steady breeze was blowing and Koko was spinning and bucking and doing her mad dashing to and fro and the water was calm and clean and warm, just about the same temperature as the air, yet totally refreshing.
Looking mauka, it was a very different scene, with Waialeale and Makaleha gone missing behind big, black, ball-shaped clouds that were most likely dumping some serious rain.
In leaving office tomorrow, Sarah Palin is preparing to dump the constraints implicit in serving as governor, even of a minor league state, and begin building a power base via the vehicle that best suits her language skills and intellectual depth: Twitter.
”Ain't gonna shut my mouth / I know there's got to be a few hundred million more like me / just trying to keep it free," Palin said in a recent Tweet, quoting the song "Rollin'," by the country duo Big & Rich.
Hey, no one ever got elected by underestimating the vacuity of the American public and its propensity for jingoism and quick fixes. How else to explain the disillusionment that so many are feeling because President Obama hasn’t, in six months, fixed all the messes that were years in the making? As the Telegraph.co.uk reported:
Chris Redfern, the Ohio Democratic Party chairman, said: "When it's the president's economy, it's the president's trouble. Americans are eager for the change that they voted into office. They support him, they just want to see results sooner rather than later."
Ah, yes, ye olde quick fix mentality, the same approach that Americans take to most everything, including health care — just give me a pill, doc, don’t make me eat right or exercise — but excluding cutting greenhouse emissions — sure, we’ll do it, just give us 40 years.
I’m not feeling disillusioned, because I was never under the illusion that Obama was going to usher in any major changes. Symbolically, it was great to have an African-American ascend to the nation’s highest office, and psychically, it was fantastic to get rid of Bush-Cheney.
But while Obama seems like an earnest, committed guy — though I still don’t get why he sidestepped the whole torture-abuse of power-war criminals-Cheney as assassination ring leader thing, more deeply mired us in the muck of Afghanistan and moved to escalate the nuclear arms race between India and Pakistan — that which ails us is so deep and systemic that it can’t be fixed in the White House, but only in each and every house, with individual people changing how they think, and so how they live in the world.
And that's where my disillusionment sets in.