This picture makes me happy.
It shows the three most immediate past presidents of the United States of America: Barack H. Obama, George W. Bush and William J. Clinton.
Look at those men. Don’t they look happy? Relaxed? Chummy?
They opened the President’s Cup golf tournament today in Jersey City, N.J., the first time three ex-presidents have opened the event that pits American golfers against an international team.
It’s a big deal.
For some time after he left office, I was left pining for former President Obama. I missed him terribly. At one or two levels, I still do. But seeing this picture reminds me of how much he and Presidents Bush and Clinton have earned the right to look so damn relaxed.
The same can be said of former Presidents George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter. They weren’t there. President Bush is in poor health. President Carter is likely building a house somewhere for Habitat for Humanity; indeed, President Carter hasn’t stopped working since he left office … in 1981!
And, oh how I wish I could be a fly on the wall as these three former heads of state talk about the guy who holds the office these days.