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Welcome home, Intrepid! - Mark's Journal
Welcome home, Intrepid!
USS Intrepid

I'm really enjoying watching the USS Intrepid rededication ceremony, live on CNN.com from New York Harbor. They have quite a collection of brass on hand, including a three- or four-star admiral or general from each of the five branches of the service.

A little girl, the daughter of a service member who passed away four years ago, presented a cartoon to the President, and I couldn't help but wonder if she was thinking "What's he doing here? Where's President Obama?"

Governor Paterson is speaking right now, I think the first time I've seen him speak since the kerfluffle that left him in charge of the state. He's a good speaker. Even better, he just announced he's signing an executive order creating the New York State Commission on Veterans and their Families, so that even as the Federal government catches up on its responsibilities to Veterans, New York is properly providing for its own.
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fabunobo From: fabunobo Date: November 11th, 2008 05:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've caught Paterson speaking a few times and like him. The last time I saw him speak, he was giving a speach about the budget crisis and he said something like, </i>"First I'm going to make sweeping, difficult budget cuts that will make a lot of people angry. And when I'm done with that, I'm going to sit down, do a bit of review, and DO IT AGAIN!"</i>

My thought was, wow, you don't hear a lot of politicians being that brutally honest.
belmikey From: belmikey Date: November 11th, 2008 05:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey, he didn't get elected except on coat-tails, and probably figures he won't get elected when the time comes around. But in the meantime, he's got the better part of a full term as Governor to make a difference, so he's doing it. Which is nifty.
fabunobo From: fabunobo Date: November 11th, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
He'd get my vote if he ran ... just on my limited exposure. And other people I talk to feel the same way. But he's probably made a LOT of political enemies and thus won't get the endorsement of "the machine." I'm sure the candidates will be more of the same when the time comes.
belmikey From: belmikey Date: November 11th, 2008 05:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's good to see Intrepid back "home".

I need to find time to visit her now that she's been overhauled.
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: November 11th, 2008 05:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yeah, we should do that as an Accord event next fall when you're on this side of the planet.
galateadia From: galateadia Date: November 11th, 2008 06:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's the ship my grandfather was on in WWII.
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: November 11th, 2008 08:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

That's awesome! Did he share lots of stories?
galateadia From: galateadia Date: November 11th, 2008 10:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
He did. I always meant to record him telling his WWII stories, but I never did. I was really too young to do it when he was ok with telling them, and then when he got a bit older he was WAY too emotional when telling them for me to do it and feel ok. I hated seeing my grandpa cry.

He had two big stories that I retell, one is his best friend the deck gunner story, the other is the "21 Days of Pancakes" story. I should figure out a good method of writing out that second one. :)
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: November 12th, 2008 03:05 am (UTC) (Link)

Yes please. Before you can't tell it any more.
zercool From: zercool Date: November 11th, 2008 08:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Governor Paterson is [...] a good speaker.

It's entirely un-PC of me to say so, but as I observed elsewhere, he HAS to be a good speaker; he can't use a teleprompter.

(I don't know for a fact that he can't read a teleprompter, but I'm presuming that's the case since I've never seen one in front of him.)
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: November 11th, 2008 08:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

I was also thinking about commenting that he's damn good at speaking without being able to read his speech, since he in fact indeed cannot use a teleprompter. This has been written about a few times, both in his early days as a Democratic notable, and again when he took over as Governor.

I believe he can and does use large-print notes with a handful of bullet points on paper in front of him, though that still means coming up with most of it out of his head.

But there are good speakers and bad speakers with the text in front of them. This guy's just good. I don't even think it's un-PC to observe that he's doing damn well to get around his visual impairment.
perisoft From: perisoft Date: November 12th, 2008 01:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
They have quite a collection of brass on hand...

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