Presidents Day will be celebrated Monday and I will be working, because you don't get paid in my business to fawn over presidents.
Still, Reg on Wry can mark the day with a quiz: Who in your opinion were the best favorite presidents, say top three? Who were the worst?
My list would for best would include 1) Lincoln, 2) Teddy Roosevelt and 3) FDR. (I concede it is shocking to leave out Thomas Jefferson but choices have to be made.) But if we are going to get into Founding Fathers, my list is 1) Washington 2) Jefferson and 3) Hamilton.
My list for worst presidents include 1) George W. Bush 2) Jimmy Carter 3) Calvin Coolidge. I don't have a list for worst Founding Fathers.
List and explain, if it so pleases you.
(By the way, Obama's presidency is a work in progress, or, if you prefer, a piece of work, but in either case much may change. While I do not rank Obama highly at the moment, I have a feeling that history may be kinder to him than we are now, taking into consideration the enormous economic challenges he faced as well as the implacable partisanship that opposed his every move.)
Foster Friess, Rick Santorum's best rich friend, who is sometimes said to be a billionaire but is only worth $530 million according to a Wall Street Journal report this week, has raised the eternal question: How can someone become so rich but say things that are so dumb? Some of you have already mentioned this epic case of foot insertion into mouth but you have not answered that question.
For those who missed it, this from a Washington Post story:
Foster Friess, the Santorum backer, told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell on Thursday that he favors an "inexpensive" form of birth control — abstinence.
"You know, back in my days, they used Bayer aspirin for contraception," he said. "The gals put it between their knees, and it wasn't that costly."
Women's groups denounced Mr. Friess' remarks.
Well, there's a surprise. Only women's groups? Do men not think? Really, what a monumentally stupid thing to say, and what pure grade tin went in the construction of his ears? I suppose it may have to do with his being 71 years old. Geezers say the darndest things.
I have asked before whether we should have an off-campus reunion and I did not hear from many of you. But lately, there has been talk among the Reg-ulators about just such a meeting. So I shall try again.
I suggest meeting in some hospitable tavern, Downtown or even Sewickley (for beer lovers, we have a Sharp Edge in Sewickley) on either Saturday March 17 (St. Patrick's Day) or Thursday March 22. Any interest?
My daughter Allison has taught her daughter Tillie to do a trick — stick out her tongue. [See below.] Of course, this is not recommended behavior for proper mothers and babies but the skill may come in useful later in life with a husband, boss or politician. As she's not yet 5 month old, I think it is quite smart to have mastered the art, but Tillie is a humorous baby who smiles and laughs a lot, so maybe it comes naturally.
I was telling this to a colleague and she told me that some people teach babies sign language so that they can communicate before they speak. This sounded like a joke but there are Web sites out there advertising this.
This may explain why I point to my mouth whenever I want beer.
Have a great weekend. See you Monday (alas).