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In and outs of the political campaigns, focusing on Michigan and Lansing, Tim Skubick will report regularly throughout the primary and then general election campaigns.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

I Love Ya Babe


       This is just a guess, but betya the part most folks will recall about the governors's last State of the State will have very little to do with the policy stuff she laid out.  What will stick is her ad lib comments about her family.
       It's not the first time a governor has gone there. 
       Just before he left office former Gov. John Engler came close to tears as he recounted the challenges his family faced during his twelve year tenure in the chief executive's chair.
       Gov. Jennifer Granholm topped him as she allowed a rare peak into her inner most feelings about how being governor impacted her loved ones.
       "Jack, Ce Ce, Kate, Mom and Dad, and Dan's mom and Dan," she began in a deviation from her written script.
         The assembled house and senate members could relate as many of them face the same familial challenges.
         The governor did not recount the countless hours that her job took her away from the family and how her husband Dan picked up the slack and made it work.
          Even though she was tenacious about trying to be there for the girl's basketball games and Jack's lacrosse matches, there were times when they went on without her; when the call of duty superceded a mom's natural desire to be there with them.  It must of hurt.
         She reflected about how she brought home each night all the burdens of  a state that was in depression-like troubles.  It hardly gave rise to the comment, "How did it go at the office today, honey?"
Everyone around the dinner table knew.
         So for just a few moments she shared with the viewers and listeners.  It underscores the tremendous personal commitment politicians at this level must make to do the job.  The general public rarely dwells on that as it is more likely to asked, "What have you done for me lately?."
         And it rarely pauses to say, "Thank you."
         It was a touching moment and as she spoke directly to her husband and First Gentleman Dan, she gave more than a thank you.  It was Granholm being Granholm as she ended with, "I love ya, babe."
         And everyone rose in a thunderous standing O.  It was a moment to remember and ponder long after the policy battle is over.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Firepower said...

Oh, the triplets! Those precious triplets - and Michelle!

Sorry, I got distracted.
Wasn't that the last guy?

Such important figures at this juncture of Michigan's history.

February 4, 2010 at 10:49 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The author should take a remedial English grammar and spelling course or get an editor immediately. The grammar and spelling in these columns is just horrific.

February 4, 2010 at 3:19 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@Anonymous:

It's a blog, not a bible. Get over it.

And yes, it's a tough job, thankless and time consuming.

While I think Granholm could have done much more and wasted a lot of opportunities, I do want to thank her for her time.

February 5, 2010 at 9:25 AM 
Anonymous Firepower said...

Yes, thank her for eight entire years of wonderful progress.

I usually got 8 weeks or days to master a job with half the importance of Governor.

Eight years. Time to get a Doctorate. Two masters degrees.

Great job.

February 5, 2010 at 10:42 AM 
Blogger Jim15032 said...

I disagree with Gov. Granholm's having used her State of the State to congratulate her own family members. Yes, most of you will disagree with me. Nevertheless, while the family members do have some inconvenience, we the public owe them nothing for it. It is Mama Granholm, and not we, who inflicted the burden. Choices have prices.

There was a time when public figures jealously protected their families from public exposure. And they did it all the time. Not in the Oprah age, it seems. But it goes back to Dick Nixon, and Roger Ailes convincing him to abase himself on Merv Griffin to impress the soap opera set. We get what we deserve.

Mencken was right.

February 10, 2010 at 7:19 PM 

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