A friend of mine recently told me that he can’t handle a Joe Biden speech — it’s literally painful to watch. They’re all like that for me. I thought about it for a minute and realized that the last presidential speech I can remember watching was President George W. Bush’s post 9/11 State of the Union Address. That’s more than two decades ago.
I quit listening to Bush when I realized that the whole Iraq deal was a scaffold of hubris, confirmation bias and outright bullshit. I haven’t listened to more than a passing minute of presidential speech since — across four administrations. I don’t guess I’ve missed much.
This line of thinking led me to recognize that I haven’t watched a single NFL game this season. I have no idea who is in or out of the playoffs, and I can’t muster any interest.
I didn’t intentionally set out to boycott either presidential bloviation or professional sportification. My wife would quote Taylor Swift here:
I forgot that you existed
It isn’t love, it isn’t hate
It’s just indifference