• Davis Young

I hope what follows gives you confidence as we move forward toward a better and brighter tomorrow.

Harry Truman during a press conference campaigning for John Kennedy in 1960. Journalist DY jotting down a few notes, back turned on lower left.

If you read my last blog, you know I think words are important. They are the root of all communication and are how I have made my living for the past 50+ years.


With Election Day behind us – HOPEFULLY – it’s worth a look to see how effectively recent Presidents have used their words. I’m not making any of this up. The quotes that follow are all on the internet for everyone to see.


Let’s start with Harry Truman, shown above in a long ago grainy photo. To say the least, he was a colorful character. Here’s a real Truman-ism. My choice early in life was either to be a piano player in a whorehouse or a politician. To tell the truth, there’s hardly a difference.


Then there’s Bush 41. Who can ever forget these immortal words? I do not like broccoli. And, I haven’t liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I’m President of the United States and I’m not going to eat any more broccoli. How Presidential is that?


Bill Clinton, the last President of the 20th century, was never at a loss for words. Here’s a selection of classic Clinton-isms. I did not have sex with that woman.....It depends on what the meaning of the word is is.....It depends on how you define the word alone.....There were a lot of times when we were alone but I never thought we really were.


Clinton’s successor, Bush 43, remains a definite candidate for the Mt. Rushmore of responses. They misunderestimated me.....The German asparagus are fabulous.....I remember meeting the mother of a child who was abducted by the North Koreans right here in the Oval Office.....I didn’t grow up in the ocean – as a matter of fact – near the ocean – I grew up in the desert. Therefore, it was a pleasant contrast to see the ocean. And I particularly like it when I’m fishing.


Barack Obama had a very self-deprecating style of speaking. These days, I look in the mirror and I have to admit I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist I used to be.....It’s no secret that my Vice President is still ambitious. But, let’s face it, his age is an issue. Just the other day, I had to take Joe aside and say Joe, you are way too young to be Pope.


Which gets us to Donald Trump. If Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.....If Hillary Clinton can’t satisfy her husband, what makes her think she can satisfy America?


And then there is this new guy on the scene, somebody named Biden. Folks, I can tell you I’ve known eight Presidents, three of them intimately.....Stand up, let ‘em see ya (introducing a local politician who was in a wheelchair).


Let’s close this nonsense with some important words from a wannabee who might have been our President. Does the name Sarah Palin ring a bell? Curse you, political establishment.


Hmmmm. She always had a way with words.

DY: In Just a Few Words is a blog that comes out when something needs to be said or every Tuesday - whichever comes first. Davis Young is a communications professional who adds 50+ years of experience and perspective to issues of the day. His emphasis in DY: In Just a Few Words will be humor (a touch of sarcasm here, a pinch of facetiousness there...). Once in a while, he will touch on something a bit more serious - but hopefully not too deep or depressing.


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  • Davis Young

20 words for 2020.

Collaborate


Communicate


Compromise

Empathy


Forgiveness


Generous


Goodwill

Helpful

Inspire


Joyful


Kind

Listen

Partner


Patience

Peace

Pleasant

Share


Teamwork

Together

Truth


NOW more than ever!!!

DY: In Just a Few Words is a blog that comes out when something needs to be said or every Tuesday - whichever comes first. Davis Young is a communications professional who adds 50+ years of experience and perspective to issues of the day. His emphasis in DY: In Just a Few Words will be humor (a touch of sarcasm here, a pinch of facetiousness there...). Once in a while, he will touch on something a bit more serious - but hopefully not too deep or depressing.


This blog is a product of DY Author & Speaker LLC. Feel free to quote content with attribution. Respond. Agree. Disagree. Share the content with your friends. Heck - even invite him as a speaker for your group! Enjoy!

  • Davis Young

Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?



It’s healthy to change careers every 40 or 50 years. So, effective today, I have decided to become a full-time blogger. Not some amateur who pretends to be a blogger, but a professional blogger certified by the International Association of Blogologists. This requires going through a rigorous process to determine one’s cognitive fitness. After all, blogging is an enormous responsibility and the last thing anybody wants is to have some blogger out there who isn’t credible. The cognitive test is similar to what Presidential candidates will probably need to take in the future.


Lots of bloggers like to direct their fire at individuals by name so as to humiliate them in front of their families and peers. Not me. That’s cruel and unkind and we already have too much of that. And, what’s to criticize. This year’s election really just boiled down to a simple choice to determine which candidate’s last incomplete sentence appealed to the most people. I know that’s how I voted.


Close observers of the blogging culture take great pleasure in pointing out that bloggers are generally (perhaps nearly always) self-important individuals who think they have something vital to say. Most of us who are self-important and think we have something vital to say resent that. It’s just that kind of attitude that divides our nation today. The anti-bloggers need to be quarantined for a long time. When my blog opines on an important topic, go to the bank on it. Hit your knees every night and thank Almighty God for the bloggers in your life.


Note that I waited until after the election to announce my new blog. The last thing in the world I wanted to do was to distract attention from the candidates and their blogs. So I graciously stepped aside. With that behind us, readers can now turn their full attention to what I have to say. It’s all been fact-checked.


So, let’s all have some fun together, maybe even a few laughs along the way. Set aside a few minutes every week to stop taking yourself and our world so seriously, although we will from time-to-time take a look at a serious issue as well. The world’s a mess and we’re all struggling. Those are givens, but hope reigns eternal. God, who gave us life and water and air to breathe in the beginning, has now given us blogging as we come to the end of the world. While there is still time, make peace with a blogger. Nobody should leave this earth without doing that.


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DY: In Just a Few Words is a blog that comes out when something needs to be said or every Tuesday - whichever comes first. Davis Young is a communications professional who adds 50+ years of experience and perspective to issues of the day. His emphasis in DY: In Just a Few Words will be humor (a touch of sarcasm here, a pinch of facetiousness there...). Once in a while, he will touch on something a bit more serious - but hopefully not too deep or depressing.


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