Julia Allison Baugher majored in Government at Georgetown and, as we all know, nearly followed her mother into a career as a political speechwriter. On the eve of Obama’s inauguration, Our Lady of Introspection writes of her close relationship with “Barack” and Jon Favreau while alluding to OMG! Harold Ford:
YOU KNOW, IT’S RARE THAT I LOOK BACK ON MY LIFE AND WISH I HAD GONE IN ANOTHER DIRECTION, BUT READING THIS YEAR-OLD TIMES ARTICLE ABOUT JON, BARACK OBAMA’S 27-YEAR-OLD CHIEF SPEECHWRITER, MY MIND PULLED A SLIDING DOORS. FOR A MINUTE I IMAGINED WHAT IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN LIKE HAD I STAYED ON THE HILL, HAD I CONTINUED IN POLITICS. I WAS ONLY NINETEEN WHEN I STARTED WORKING AS A LEGISLATIVE CORRESPONDENT IN THE 107TH CONGRESS – A BABY, HONESTLY – BUT ONLY THREE YEARS YOUNGER THAN MY MOM WHEN SHE WORKED FOR NIXON (AS A SPEECHWRITER) AND NOT THAT MUCH YOUNGER THAN JON WHEN HE MET BARACK.
ACTUALLY, I WENT TO ONE OF BARACK’S FIRST FUNDRAISERS, IN MY NEIGHBOR’S BACKYARD BACK HOME IN CHICAGO. THERE MUST HAVE BEEN THIRTY OTHER PEOPLE THERE, AND I SHOOK HIS HAND, AND TALKED WITH HIM FOR A BIT. I’M EMBARRASSED TO ADMIT WHAT WE SPOKE ABOUT … (CRINGE) … IT CONCERNED A FORMER FLING OF MINE, WHOM WE BOTH KNEW. OF ALL THINGS. SIGH.
AND IT’S OCCURRED TO ME, FROM TIME TO TIME, AS I WATCHED HIS METEORIC POLITICAL RISE, THAT I COULD HAVE TAGGED ALONG. THAT I WAS THERE AT THE RIGHT TIME AND THE RIGHT PLACE WITH THE RIGHT BACKGROUND AND THE RIGHT DEGREE … AND I WALKED RIGHT ON BY.
I WOULD BE LYING IF I TOLD YOU THAT TODAY, READING THAT ARTICLE AND RIDING THIS BUS, THAT REALIZATION DIDN’T KILL ME JUST A LITTLE BIT.
It kills us all. Just think of the intellectual acumen going to waste as our burro experiences another happy ending massage in Ubud. Does she even know who’s running for office back in San Francisco?
Don’t be a Judy – VOTE!
(We’ll be back on Wednesday night with Dadsers, Dr. David Berkowitz, and an appalling video.)