What a warm and fuzzy moment to remember it was when President Obama gave his State of the Union address on Tuesday, and some of the most hardnosed conservatives and liberals sat together for a “Kumbaya” (holding hands around the campfire) show of bipartisanship.
It was not a little unlike the moment in a boxing match when the referee calls the combatants to the center of the ring to shake hands before they go back to their corners and wait until the bell rings before they come back and try to beat each others’ brains out.
The charade reminded me of the old story about when a worldwide gathering of religious leaders of all of the major faiths came together to see if they could end the rancor that divided them.
After going out of their way to be nice to each other during the conference, the leaders agreed that it would be great for everyone to come together and end the hatred that caused so many problems in the world. So, at the end of the gathering the minister who had organized the meeting came to the podium and said. “Now that we all agree, it’s time for all of us to come together, unite and become members of one worldwide Baptist church.”
Translation? “My way or the highway.”