A Political Disagreement

Today Judy and I went for a bike ride, and along the way we made a pit stop. Judy went inside a store, while I remained outside to watch over the bikes. I was sitting on a bench next to a young black man who had just finished work and was waiting for a ride home. We got into a conversation—first about the weather, then about the economy. We agreed that both situation look grave—drought and depression. I said that at least the economy was in the hands of a good man. He expressed the hope that people would give Obama enough time to turn things around. I voiced my honest opinion that Obama is the smartest president of recent times. And there, we had our disagreement. He thought John Kennedy was the smartest. I simply couldn’t buy that. Yet we both maintained our civility, and we parted on amicable terms.

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