one more thing at the hospital that caught my ear today...a woman (60+) arguing with her father the patient (80ish) about why George W. Bush was a crummy president or why he wasn't. every time i walked by their room---due to the father's hard of hearing---there were screams from the daughter (not mad, just trying to communicate loud enough for the father to hear..however, anyone else thought there was a political crossfire debate going on in room 761, bed 1). "I'M NOT VOTING FOR KERRY B/C HE SUPPORTS ABORTION AND I COULD NEVER VOTE FOR A PRESIDENT WHO THINKS THAT IS FINE."---"But Bush is an idiot and a fool! You'd rather vote for someone who's incompetent? I mean, look at the war he's dragged us in?"---"I THINK IT'S VERY COURAGEOUS OF HIM TO GO TO WAR WITHOUT MUCH SUPPORT FROM OTHER COUNTRIES...THAT SHOWS HE'S GOT REAL COURAGE...I MEAN, HOW MANY OTHER PRESIDENTS WOULD DO THAT?" ---"No other president in history has done that...that's not courage, that's stupid!"---"I THINK IT TAKES A LOT OF GUTS TO DO THAT! MOST PEOPLE WOULDN'T STAND FIRM TO WHAT THEY BELIEVE BUT HE IS"---
anyways, this went on back and forth for about 30 minutes, with the daughters' political beliefs being billboarded via sound waves all over our floor, while her old, near-deaf father talked quietly...seeming very upset at it all. after hearing this, i kind of found myself seeing both of their viewpoints and seeing them both as somewhat legitimate. i mean, i never thought of Bush taking us into war as being gutsy, but i guess you could see it that way. then again, i could see why people think he's a fool....being the only president in history to go against the U.N. and all. anyways, i guess it's a matter of seeing and when it comes to this and so many other things, people will see want they want to see. it's hard to get people to see what they don't want to see. if you're so adament about not seeing, having someone beside you who's screaming in your ear what you're missing or what you don't want to see is probably going to do little good. it was interesting though, this old daughter and her father, who've lived through WWII and both seen many many things when it comes to politics and war and presidents. i found myself pausing every time i passed, for a few minutes sometimes, just to hear what their thoughts on Bush and Kerry and the War were. It was entertaining and enlightening, and it made another normal tuesday at borgess a tiny bit more exciting.