So apparently a pair of socialite wannabes managed to either crash the State Dinner last Tuesday (a rude act at the very least, possibly an actionable national security breach at the other end of the scale) or show up without an invitation in hand or anywhere in evidence. Trust me, if they had an invite, they'd have shown it by now. The President is - reportedly - absolutely furious and he has every right to be. It's seldom that I agree with President Obama but on this score he is absolutely correct to be angry. Michelle Obama is also absolutely within her right to be steaming angry as well. Her family's security and safety were at risk when a combination of stupid mistakes by various people allowed these fame whores to crash a State Dinner in honor of the president of India! Michaele and Tareq Salahi reportedly wished to be included in Bravo's "Real Housewives of D.C." program and were using this as their entree. Dear merciful heavens, have we now completely blurred the line between reality TV and reality? Whatever their motivation, their "crashing" of the State Dinner was rude, unconscionable and downright dangerous!
Tiger Woods crashed his Escalade just outside his home in Florida. I think he's being somewhat foolish in not talking to the authorities about what happened. I also think it is none of anyone's business what happened if no crime was involved. It was an accident. He was injured. That's the end of it. Let's not use this accident as an opportunity to smear one of the truly great athletes AND gentlemen of this decade with unfounded and scurrilous rumors. It's just not right.
We are too much up in other people's business these days. We need to step back, take a deep breath and mind our own more thoroughly instead of being sanctimonious inquisitors of people we don't even know. I don't give a rat's eardrum if Brad and Angelina have differing political views. I don't CARE if Jennifer Anniston is getting laid. I don't have the slightest desire to hear about what Jon and Kate Gosselin (a pair of despicable creatures both) are up to except that I hope someone is looking out for the welfare of those 8 chidlren. I don't really care one way or the other if the President is having sex with his own wife. It isn't any of MY BUSINESS. The only reason that Bill Clinton's liaison with a slightly overweight yenta the same age as his daughter was that he freaking LIED ABOUT IT TO A FEDERAL GRAND JURY. That's a whole different thing. Tiger Woods doesn't owe me an explanation, even if he was having a domestic with his wife! As long as he's okay and nobody else got injured - the hell with it.
We're a nation of people who whisper in corners - and it's demeaning to us all as a culture. Five days off work gave me time to really think about it.
(And the fact that my eyesight was unaffected by the April 2009 stroke I suffered was the best news I could have gotten from my lengthy visit to the eye doctor yesterday - seriously, 3 HOURS?)