That's what's floating in my mind as I try to remember the State of the Union speech. I tried not to watch but American Idol ended at 9PM and the hokies' basketball game wasn't on TV, so I really had no choice. The whole thing is a sham; not sure why people who follow politics try to analyze it every year. The President gets up in front of the country and says, "I propose this." Clap-clap-clap. "And that." Clap-clap-clap mixed with mild disgust depending on who the camera pans. "More money for my Reputrification Initiative Program." Hesitant clap/forced smiles. "The state of the Union is strong!" Standing ovation.

The highlight for me came near the end when Bush recognized 7'2" NBA center Dikembe Mutombo for donating millions for a hospital in his native Congo. Mutombo, whose career has been revitalized this season with the Houston Rockets, towered over the person standing next to him, Laura Bush, who at best measured a small forward in comparison. Awakened from my doldrums, I stood up and pointed at the TV letting out, "Who wants to sex Mutombo!!!!" Legend has it that during his college days at Georgetown when he was big man on campus, he once entered a bar with his friends. Everyone in the bar fell silent, staring at the new arrivals. Mutombo broke the silence bellowing out in his deep baritone accented English, "Who wants to sex Mutombo!!!"

If Bush really wanted to bump his approval rating, he'd have said the same thing in his Texan drawl after recognizing him. That would've been funny. Or at least given Nancy Pelosi the Mutombo rejection finger.

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