1. It’s Monday, March 9, 2015. Spring is 12 days away. And there was melting yesterday!
2. When Rudy Giuliani mouthed his stupidity about President Obama’s love of country, the president didn’t respond right away.
But he sure as hell responded Saturday.
The president’s speech marking the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday in Selma, Ala., made clear — for anyone with enough of a brain to hear what he was saying — that this man articulates what love of country is better than anyone in my lifetime.
Loving this country does not mean flag-worshipping. It means understanding what an awesome opportunity those before us — from Benjamin Franklin to Franklin Roosevelt — gave the United States. And how it’s our responsibility to do what we can to form a more perfect union — even if it means getting tear-gassed and bitten by dogs on a bridge in Alabama.
In particular, I loved the way he tied Selma to other seminal moments in American history. And he put the marchers in perspective with this country’s other heroes, from the Minutemen at Lexington and Concord to the firefighters who died trying to save lives on 9/11.
One of the canards that his opponents throw at Obama is that he’s the most divisive president in our history. But he’s only divisive because his opponents can’t stand who, or what, he is. It’s not his language — certainly not in Selma, where he made no effort to demonize anyone, but instead sought to make the struggle into something that benefitted all of us.
Put it this way: Would you ever expect George W. Bush to be one of the heroes in an Obama speech? He was on Saturday.
How good was Obama in Selma? James Fallows in The Atlantic makes the ultimate American speech comparison: Lincoln at Gettysburg. That seems like sacrilege. But, in my lifetime, there’s JFK’s inaugural and Dr. King at the March on Washington.
Does this speech compare? History will decide that. What we can say once and for all is that Barack Obama is the epitome of American patriotism, and anyone who thinks otherwise should be embarrassed.
3. I’ve never been a fan of fraternities — I damn sure wasn’t in one in college. But I can’t believe that all members of fraternities are as dense as these guys at Oklahoma appear to have been.
It’s not just the revolting behavior — that’s sickening enough. But the idea that, in this age of social media and iPhone videos, dumbasses would publicly go around singing of their ignorance. I guess that’s why they would be dumbasses.
4. From the stupid to the pleasant: As a long-suffering New York Met fan, Matt Harvey’s return to the mound on Friday in an exhibition game has me excited. He looked great, with no sign of after-effect from his Tommy John surgery.
And, as if that wasn’t enough, on Saturday, we saw the Mets’ No. 1 draft pick last year, Michael Conforto, punish the baseball with his bat. If this kid is for real, he is a dream come true for a franchise with a spotty past of developing hitters.
Baseball is coming, and the developments at the Mets’ Spring Training camp make that seem more wonderful than usual.