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basketball games and Jack's lacrosse matches, there were times when they went on without her; when the call of duty superceded a mom's natural desire to be there with them.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.