The presidential candidates are lining up, male and female. Everyone from Bart Simpson to the Easter Bunny is jumping on the band wagon. Hilary Clinton is definitely a strong candidate for the women’s vote. However, one can’t vote simply on the basis of gender without first taking into account what the candidate brings to the table. Seeing the first female president step forward to take the oath would be exciting though. Hard to believe it is less than 100 years since those of us wearing the team colors of the fairer sex were given the vote. With our country in a state of disrepair we need someone well suited for the job manning (or womanning, as the case may be) the oars. A person with a good sense of direction and a strong feel for which way the wind is blowing across the globe.
Amazing anyone signs up of either gender considering the perks are rather limited and the liabilities somewhat daunting. At least twenty assassination attempts have been tried on presidents in office, four ending in success. The pay, $400,000 a year, though not bad by average man standards, isn’t that impressive when you consider what has to be sacrificed to earn it. Endless sleepless nights, difficult, life-changing decisions, roller coaster popularity polls, pressure from this faction and that, congressional disputes, and general graying of hair, doesn’t add up to an equal exchange, at least not in my book.
Corruption in our ranks of elected officials is in the news. Not new news by any means. A percentage of government officials have been taking more than their fair share of pie since the constitution was established, and well before. Unfortunately, there will always be someone out there willing to sell themselves and their integrity for a price. As with all things this is balanced out by those truly dedicated civil servants striving to making our nation strong and doing what is best for the people who put them in office. With great power comes great responsibility. Some handle this power well operating within the boundaries of the law, others wield it like a weapon, sucking the life of their constituents. Insert God Bless America here.
A campaign for the presidency is an expensive proposition. Most aspiring appointees throwing their hats in the ring seem to have considerable personal wealth to back their bid as well as powerful monied backers to keep the campaign moving forward. That being the case, I’ve decided not to run. With my personal wealth I’d make it to the bus station down the street to hand out flyers.
During my travels across the U.S. I missed visiting Washington D.C. The capital is now added to my bucket list right below the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone, two highlighted spots I am definitely visiting somewhere in the future. Images of D.C. in my mind always include the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Smithsonian, the Pentagon and, of course, the White House. Hopefully, when visiting the White House or “Presidential Palace” I would get to view the interior, a sight I missed at Buckingham Palace. I did manage to watch the changing of the guards at least, filled with much English pomp and circumstance.
There are five chefs on hand to keep the Obama’s in chili. The president and the first lady are charged for these meals, but not to worry they’re covered by his expense account so you most likely won’t find them in the drive-thru line at McDonald’s ordering a Big Mac and fries.
There are 132 rooms in the residence including a jogging track, tennis court, billiard room, swimming pool, and bowling alley. 6,000 guests pass through the doors every day to view the interior of the building so probably there aren’t too many days where there isn’t something written on the calendar.
Another thought should a woman take over the oval office, what is her husband to be called? Would he be the First Man? Possibly First Gentleman? No matter what we call him I think he would need a strong sense of self. Being in a position of lessor importance to his wife in such a public way could feel emasculating to a First Gentlemen who didn’t have his ego together.
A lot to ponder as things begin to heat up. Mud will be slinging soon and skeletons rattlings in political closets. Should make for some interesting debates, and undoubtedly great fodder for the news hounds.
This dessert is ridiculous. If you haven’t tried it, you must. If you have, it’s worth trying again. Mind you, it is rich and sinful so not an everyday delight but once in a while it’s a glorious treat.
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups whole milk
1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1 12 oz. can evaporated milk
1 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream
1 cup granulated sugar
1/8 cup rum
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Cinnamon for dusting
Preheat Oven to 350.
Spray 9 x 13″ pan with cooking spray.
Whisk flour and baking powder together and set aside.
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time and 1 tsp. of vanilla. Beat well between each addition.
Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture 2 Tbsp. at a time. Mix until well blended.
Spread batter into prepared pan.
Bake for 35 mins. or until toothpick comes out clean. Pierce all over cake with fork. Cool.
Combine whole milk, condensed milk, rum, and evaporated milk together. Pour over top of cooled cake.
Whip whipping cream, 1 cup of sugar and 1/2 tsp. vanilla together until thick. Spread on top of cake and sprinkle lightly with cinnamon.