January 21, 2009

January 21, 2009
Happy Birthday Rob!

Thanks for joining me in another day of my life. And what a cold one it has been here in Jacksonville, Florida. And to think I was complaining about the cold in DC.

But first, I want to wish Rob, my brother, a very Happy Birthday!

Unfortunately, I did not have his address with me on my trip so I did not get his birthday card off yet. Since I know he will be reading this... HAPPY BDAY BRO! Hope it was a great one for you. Give the family a big bear hug and kiss from me.

Here in Jacksonville, we actually reached a three year low with 19 degrees as our low temperature for today. We rarely have a hard freeze in northeast Florida but the temperature stayed below freezing for over 14 hours today. Needless to say, I have lost a couple of the tropical plants outside due to the freeze. The only one I will really miss is the peace lily I have had for several years. But I am sure as cold as it is in Florida, it is probably colder where you are. So I will quit my whining now.

Most of us are back to our daily routine after President Obama's Inauguration yesterday. In a first day whirlwind, President Barack Obama showcased efforts to revive the economy on Wednesday, summoned top military officials to the White House to chart a new course in Iraq and eased into the daunting thicket of Middle East diplomacy. "What an opportunity we have to change this country," said the 47 year old chief executive, who also issued new ethics rules for his administration and hosted a reception at the presidential mansion for 200 inauguration volunteers and guests selected by an Internet lottery.

I still have not heard whether or not Hillary Clinton will be confirmed today for Secretary of State. I am hoping she will because I believe she will do a great job with her experience. Because of her stand on HIV and AIDS, I am a huge fan of hers anyway.

There is good news about Senator Kennedy. He is being released from the hospital and the doctors believe the seizure was caused by exhaustion. What a legacy of service the Kennedy family has. And now Carolyn Kennedy may be entering the ring for another generation.

So we are at the start of hopefully a new and brighter chapter of American history. Only time will tell, but I am willing to do my part. Are you?

Think about it. What can you do as an American to help this be a better country? How can you help set an example for others to do the same?

If we could only inspire millions of Americans to do the same, just think about what our great country could be again.

Drop me a line and let me know what you think.

Wishing you health, hope and happiness.

Big bear hug,

Daddy Dab