Presidents have many different types of portraits. Sometimes they have plain or semi-abstract backgrounds, such as Reagan in his pinstripe suit against a red glow or the golden-white Obama portrait by Edwin van den Dikkenberg. Other times, portraits have a little Washington DC in them, such as the Oval Office or the Capitol—in Reagan’s case the side of his desk, in Obama’s case the regal chair he is sitting in. Many other presidents had largely unfinished borders around the bust, often spilling into the image of the president himself. In Obama’s freshly unveiled official portrait by Kehinde Wiley, he is sitting much the same way as W in the Robert Anderson, 2008 portrait.

I didn’t like Obama; ISIS rose and he left his work easily unraveled. Still, I submit that this is not a bad portrait of Obama. It is good by any standard of past presidents and it belongs. I wish I could take the credit; the leaves bring a “plain” background to life.  · · · →

Learning the Organic Line

Learning the Organic Line

There is a line with an arrow connecting cause and results. That line is invisible to most people.

It’s difficult to know how to manage a farm, for example, from one year to the next. Every year’s weather is different. The line between good farming and good crops always moves.

It’s always changing, always surprising. We never stop learning how to find the line no matter how old we get.

Some never master the art of learning the line. Success doesn’t occur according to a checklist or multiple-choice test. Life’s line is organic, so must be our understanding of it.  · · · →

Congressman Devin Nunes was surprised that people lie. When he appeared on Rush yesterday, he recalled being interviewed by members of the media, then lied about, then he declined their future requests for interview.

Didn’t he know?

Trump also demonstrated a similar learning curve—that people in the media lie. Bush, Reagan, Clinton, and Obama didn’t demonstrate any “learning curve” per se. The Bushes talked about it, but didn’t seem taken by it. Actually, they didn’t seem to care. They didn’t shift strategies like Nunes and Trump do. Neither were Clinton and Obama the least bit surprised when they complained about opposition in the media. Reagan was ready for it from the beginning, which makes him unique, I suppose.

Shortly after Nunes, Rush told a caller that reactions from the public bothered him earlier in his career, but that he eventually got used to it. Specifically, it was about being quoted, but not cited.  · · · →