As a counter point to my dear friend Shaw, who in her latest blog proclaims "Ben Sucks", I must remind you all why we love Ben completely and with total acceptance. But first let me state, I am not gay, not that there is anything wrong with being gay; but none of this should be taken that I am.
Ben is a straight shooter. He often says the things some of us do not have the courage to say, or are bound by pride and humility to say in public. If you want an honest opinion – he is your go to guy.
One of his favorite pastimes is to memorize and recite things. In another era, time, or place we would hear him quote the finest poets and most lyrical of song. We should appreciate the jovial presence he carries to brighten our days.
His mind is keen. He is quick and wily. There are few people I know who read more than he does every week.
Finally, Ben is kind. When the dog passes gas, he is sure to warn everyone of their pending doom. I even remember a time when his first wife cut herself in the kitchen and he took her to the hospital to get stitches.
Who else holds these same traits of honesty, articulation, compassion balanced with the reason of a sound mind? Why our former President and national hero Abraham Lincoln.
Yes, Ben is a national treasure, and I am one who is proud to call him my friend.