"On next, The State of the Union Address and the Republican Response...," says the TV.
"The Republican Response?," I thought, ears perked up. I looked up, unsure of the channel we were watching - we'd just been watching some network station, and this sounded, to my ignorant ears, like something else.
"What channel is this on?," I asked Jimi, who was standing in the doorway across the room, watching the dramatic introduction along with me.
"Every channel," he said, thinking I meant the program rather than the station itself, I guess.
I was still confused. "What's this Republican Response thing? What's that about?"
"They always do that, allow the opposing party to have a chance to speak, a rebuttal, if you will." I can hear the "duh" in his voice.
I'm even more confused. "Wha...? How have I lived 30 years and never heard about this? What the hell?"
He's still using his "duh" voice, "Have you ever watched a State of the Union Address?" Duh.
"I thought I had..." I'm remembering my 4 years of MCJROTC, where watching the State of the Union Address earned me extra credit 4 years running. I'm remembering listening to Bush in his first term, when I was still a registered Republican who loved my President and believed Iraq and Saddam had weapons of mass destruction. I admit, I skipped the second term Addresses, mostly, with maybe the exception of the first 15 minutes or so (that was all I could tolerate), but still, I'm a pretty intelligent person, and I'm not ignorant when it comes to politics.
How have I never heard of this?
I'm oblivious. I live in my own little world. This proves I need my own island nation. All this politics shit is hard - I just want to live my life. Duh.