What an exciting start to the Holiday Season!!
We just returned from a truly inspiring and rejuvenating trip to Washington D.C.
It all started when our local Republican congressman Greg Walden received some complimentary tickets to a private White House showing of the new Coen brothers’ Netflix movie “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”. Apparently, the President was so excited about seeing a movie that truly represented the values that made America great, he sent out invitations to a select group of Western congressmen and their constituents.
Congressman Walden had ten tickets and offered them to the first ten people who showed up at his office. Most of his district is a vast uninhabited rangeland and apparently the few people who live there are not Coen brothers’ fans. Linnea and I jumped at the chance, picked up our tickets and were off to Washington the next day.
We have never seen the President so relaxed and ebullient. Seated at the head table with him was his dear friend, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammad bin Salman. The president introduced the three women sitting next to the prince, “Believe me, these are some of the most beautiful women on the planet—incredible—what a find! Mohammad sure knows how to pick ‘em! This guy is a great, amazing friend of America. Every time he comes to this country, he drops about 20 mil on hotels, dining and jewelry!”
He then went on to introduce the movie. “This is a fantastically outstanding film for the entire family—unbelievable! A true expression of the values, skills and entrepreneurial spirit that make America great! Also the great American soldiers, sailors and airmen who led our country to victory over the invading hordes of illegal Indians — especially heroes like John Wayne, Ronald Reagan and General Custer. In honor of those fantastic warriors, I will be declaring by tweet that the names of Yellowstone, Yosemite and Grand Canyon national parks will be changed to Wayne, Reagan and Custer.”