Presidents..Past And Present…And My Friend Rudy

A Blog By Gary LaPierre

     It’s probably  not a good thing to start writing a posting for the blog site, considering my emotional state at the moment, but here goes anyway……and I’ll explain the “emotional state” in a moment.

     First, George W. Bush.   The former President I’ve seen interviewed a half-dozen times in the past two days, is not the same guy who was running this country for eight years.  I’ve interviewed the former President myself and yes he’s still got that Texas swagger about him, (not a compliment) that goofy laugh and that sometimes inarticulate way of explaining things, but “dad gum it” (that’s my Southern speak) he’s relaxed, he’s comfortable with himself, he’s proud of his new book, “Decision Points” and yes I did mumble to myself a couple of times “I think I do miss this guy.”   I watched the Matt Lauer interview with him first and “W” impressed me.   Stumble-bum Matt sure didn’t, but George W did.    But the interviewed I really enjoyed, with all nuances included, was W’s interview with Oprah.    Ya know what?   I think even the big “O” liked him…..a lot…..and coming from that Obama Kool-Aid drinker, that’s saying a lot.

     Ok, a couple of quickies:  The President of the United States, one day after his administration took a political “shellacking” (his word) like none other in recent history, leaves the country for a 10-day junket.   Big Associated Press headline in the paper today…”Obama reaches out to Muslims in Indonesia.”   Do you think if Barack had reached out to some hurting, out-of-work Americans instead of Bambang Yudhoyono, thing could have been different on election day?   Yes, that really is the President of Indonesia’s name…Bambang!!!

     Regarding my “emotional state”:   I lost a good buddy yesterday.  His name was Rudy.  He’s been living in my home since he was a few weeks old, 16 and a half years ago.  Rudy was diagnosed with liver cancer about six months ago and he fought long and hard to beat it.   But Rudy lost the battle yesterday.   My wife and I stood and cried while Rudy was mercifully sent on his journey to Kitty Heaven.    Rudy, our cat has died.   His daughter Gelsey weeps as well, as she tries to fill the void.

  • grammps

    You’re not alone, as a kid I lost my dog ‘Frankie’ & as an adult my wife & I had to do the right thing with a black lab ‘Mel’ & a Siamese cat ‘Shannon’.

    Sounds like ‘ole’ Rudy led the good life @ the LaPierre’s…..I’m sure that he built up & left you with many fond memories, funny moments & stories. 16 years was a good run…..It takes & took a lot of love to do the ‘right’ thing.

    Thank you for sharing ‘Rudy’, tomorrow will be easier….’Gelsey’ needs a new kitty buddy to hang/sleep with & teach the ropes to…’Rudy’ didn’t teach you & the Mrs.all about ‘kitties’ for 16 years for nothing, there’s too many orphans out there…..

    Ya both dun good!


  • gramps

    Evening Gary,

    Ole’ Rudy made a new friend today….His name is ‘Augie’, he was 17, we welcomed into our family in May of ’94’.

    My wife & I will miss him terribly…..We still have Emma, also a Siamese, in due time we’ll get her a new ‘Buddy’ who’ll need to have his ears cleaned too….Just like ‘Augie’!

    Mr. & Mrs. gramps

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