Happy Valentine’s Day — or Single Awareness Day — or Thursday. Whatever is your bag.
For me, it’s both Valentine’s Day and Thursday. My fiance and I probably won’t see each other, he’s coming down with some sort of cold that I’d rather not get (but in all honestly probably already have), and my day is a normal Thursday. However, I am in love, and I love it. My fiance picked up a new fuzzy stegosaurs plushie for me last weekend just as a suprise — so I take that and the luscious new Macbook Pro that I am blogging with as my Valentines Day presents — even though he just saw them and wanted to do something nice for me. He’s a good guy like that. His presents are hidden in the house…but I know he won’t go looking for them. Regardless, I’m lucky to be in love.
Tonight on the Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC), she mentioned how we tend to not think about Presidents as people sometimes. As young men who were in love. And you know she is right. We see the photos of the current POTUS and FLOTUS out and about — and it almost seems novel that this man wants to date his beautiful wife. Perhaps it shouldn’t be. One of my favorite presidents (yes you are a wonk when you have a fave president) is LBJ — President Johnson. At one point, the man who would demand desegregation by deploying the National Guard, who has instituted the ONLY blue ribbon pannel to review the Criminal Justice system (not for lack of trying former Sen. Jim Webb, not for lack of trying) — once courted his love with letters.
So on Valentine’s Day — from my little corner of nerdland (after being introduced by these and the following video post via Ms. Maddow) I give you Love Letters from a President — LBJ to Lady Bird (as read by Kirk Douglas and Helen Hayes).