While I spent months ensconced on the couch, staring alternatively at the ceiling, chat screens, or crochet projects, we as a nation apparently acquired a new White House – the “Western White House.” Actually I guess it has been around longer – the website is dated from 2001, but back then I was busy paying attention to other things for more fun reasons. I only noticed it today, while at the gym watching CNN. I was trying to pay attention to Bush’s press secretary who was not Dana Perino (what happened to her? or is she just on vacation?) blather on about the death of Benazir Bhutto – a tragic event for sure. But I kept being distracted by the sign behind his head. The logo read, “The Western White House, Crawford, Texas.”
I was full of righteous indignation at first, certain it was an imperialist plot by Texas to finally and completely colonize us. At the very least I wondered if Bush and his people thought we might find it charming. I began crafting a letter in my head, but was certain it would be ignored, as was a letter I wrote to whitehouse.gov 3+ years ago chastising the site’s blatant partisanship. But if I did that, at least I would maintain the right to complain.
Then I got home and learned from Wikipedia that it’s not unprecedented. Other presidents have designated residences outside of the White House as temporary offices, and received federal monies to make them secure and functional.
So much for this afternoon’s fun.
You may have noticed the word “gym” above. No worries. I am not aiming to be Demi Moore or Angelina Jolie or whatever other Hollywood star is known for getting her pre-baby body back in six weeks. I just want to be able to get out of bed in the morning without pain in my back and hips. I might possibly also aspire to fit back into non-maternity pants in 2008, but my slow 3-mile-per-hour pace on the treadmill for 15-30 minutes every few days isn’t going to do much for that just yet. Baby Samuel and I are also scheduled for some light Mommy and Baby early post-partum Pilates on the living room floor after I feed him in a minute.
oops make that right now. The prince is awake.