At some point this week.....at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.....pop singer James Taylor got around to a political speech. He wanted folks in the audience to know that he had suffered greatly during the Bush/Cheney years. His quote: "Those were—it was a tough time for me. I really suffered.”
I sat and paused over his comments. He wanted everyone now to know that he felt better....more positive, and life was better.
So I pondered. During the Bush/Cheney years, what did he do?
James Taylor still bought his coffee at Starbucks during the Bush/Cheney period.
James Taylor still drove his SUV around the countryside during the Bush/Cheney period.
James Taylor still sold albums and did concerts during the Bush/Cheney period.
James Taylor likely still bought his clothing at L L Bean during the Bush/Cheney period.
James Taylor likely stayed at coastal hotels along the Outer Banks during the Bush/Cheney period.
James Taylor probably lounged around swanky hotels in California during the Bush/Cheney period.
During that eight-year period....he suffered better than suffered badly.
If that is truly suffering....there’s about 900 million guys around the globe who’d be happy to suffer like that...in America.