Have You Heard?
By: Patti Bankson
Have you heard the latest open mic â€œOops!â€ story? At the recent G20 in France, French President Sarkozy and President Obama were so busy doing some dissing of Israeli PM Netanyahu, they didnâ€™t realize their undiplomatic trash talk would soon be very public. Sarkozy: â€œNetanyahu. I canâ€™t stand him. Heâ€™s a liar.â€ Our seeker-of-world-peace, Obama: â€œYouâ€™re sick of him. I have to work with him every day.â€ Obamaâ€™s obvious snub of Netanyahu in 2010â€¦ no red carpet treatment (usually offered visiting heads of state), no BFF photos together, and no dinner with the presidentâ€¦ didnâ€™t help that relationship, Iâ€™m sure. Ouch! So much for furthering Middle East Peace Talks.
Have you heard the latest â€œFast and Furiousâ€ gun-running story? Eric Holder, during his appearance before Congress, said he â€œcertainly regretsâ€ what happened to Border Patrol agent, Brian Terry, but â€œitâ€™s not fair to assumeâ€ mistakes made in the botched operation â€directly ledâ€ to Terryâ€™s death. I wonder how heâ€™d know that since he says he really didnâ€™t know what was going onâ€¦ after all, he only learned about it when it became public. (uh-huh). And, adding insult to injury, he hasnâ€™t apologized to Terryâ€™s family, and apparently, doesnâ€™t intend to. Hasnâ€™t even spoken to them. This isnâ€™t the first truth-be-darned Holder incident. Maybe we need to cut back in the Justice Department, starting at the top.
Have you heard the story about the Florida high school soccer player who was injured at a car wash, while participating in a fund-raiser, to benefit her clubâ€™s soccer team? Before you assume that this is your â€œusualâ€ story about some kind of teenage excess or stupidity, let me tell you the story within the story. This was a young girl involved in her stand-up life, planning her future, which was sparkling like a star before her.
Bree McMahon lost her left leg in that accident, and almost lost the otherâ€¦ just a week after being offered a college scholarship for her to play soccer on that schoolâ€™s team. Once more, if youâ€™re assuming that she lost her scholarship along with a part of her body, youâ€™re wrongâ€¦ because the other story within the story is that she was dealing with a stand-up college, and that two years later, Bree is now attending that school, and is an active member of the soccer team, helping the trainers and coaches. Is she frustrated? Yeah. Does she wish she could get out on the field with her team and play? Yeah. Is she participating in the ugly Wall Street protests/riots whining about the fact that other girls still have both legs, and can get out on the field doing what soccer players do, and she canâ€™t do that anymore? No. When it first happened, she said: â€œWatch me come back from this. And I will come back from this.â€
Her story is beyond inspiring, and The Orlando Sentinelâ€™s Mike Bianchi summed it up so well last Sunday: â€œIn real life, returning from a catastrophic injury and fighting back to become a normal college kid is one of the greatest comeback stories of all.â€
Even more inspiration: Remember all our courageous, and selfless, military members, past and present, today, and every day. God Bless them, and God Bless America.
Life lessons for us all, especially in these difficult, chaotic times.
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