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Feb 11Liked by Greg Olear

Greg, you may be more forgetful, but you are still writing some of the most beautiful effing sentences I’ve ever read. Not just once in a while, but like *all the time*. Although this election cycle is the most exasperating of any I can remember (I have 10 years on you, so …), I am comforted by the viral clip of the Republican former tRump voter who said he’d vote for Biden even if he were dead rather than vote for the other guy. When this is over, when tRump is gone, may we all remember the lessons but quickly forget the man.

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Feb 11·edited Feb 11Liked by Greg Olear

Hear hear Greg Olear!

Related to that topic of forgetfulness, I am surprised that you perhaps forgot to provide in your list of our pussy-grabbling past perfidious pulpit’s (“PGPPP”)dull-headed moments, mistakes, etc.. that he also confused the woman he raped for one of his wives. Of course, they too (wives) have complained of PGPPP’s pandering and petting without permission.

Nonetheless — tell it dude!

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Feb 11Liked by Greg Olear

Great post!

America, unfortunately, is obsessed with youth and the press is obviously obsessed with currying trump's favor or the owners are, to be sure. Trump is far more into early stage dementia and a deranged mind. Plus he presents such a danger to the world, not just us.

Garland was always a disappointment to me.

My memory is still good, but words elude me at times.

I think people put too much emphasis on remembering dates or a specific word, where the notion of understanding a concept or consequences of actions is far more important and Biden appears to be fully intact in that area. And trump is totally clueless and dangerous in that arena.

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An hour after watching “Notting Hill” with Hugh Grant and … um … what’s her name … the actor in Mystic Pizza (which I’d only seen once, years ago) and The Pelican Brief … Julia Rogers … Julie Richardson … Julia Roberts! Phew! TBH/ I’d love to have a faulty memory in the not to distant future where DJT’s name does not come to mind.

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Feb 11Liked by Greg Olear

Well Greg you’ve done it again, you’ve enriched my world, and given me a few “give yourself a break” moments, by reading your perfect analysis of forgetfulness. I’d say all of your musings are what and how I’d muse if I had that talent, including where and when you insert expletives! And I don’t hear enough (from other Stack folks) about what a tone-deaf dolt Merritless Garfield is, who’s logic about picking “non-partisan”, should, in our current political environment have led him to a non-partisan Democrat as easily as it lead him to a tRump appointed republican - and why didn’t MG edit the report, and if Hur complained, fire him? Oh well

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I can’t remember what I’ve read the better essay about memory. At 86 my cloudy brain sucks wind. But life is good. I can’t remember admiring a president more than Joe. Let’s hope he keeps on keeping on. Bill Serle .com.

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Feb 11Liked by Greg Olear

Thank you.

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Feb 11Liked by Greg Olear

Remember with your body and you will never forget the important stuff. Your body remembers things from long before you were born.

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Feb 11Liked by Greg Olear

Thanks for this, Greg.

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Feb 11Liked by Greg Olear

Spot on, friend! I sincerly hope you regain all your strength!

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Feb 11Liked by Greg Olear

Some dance to remember/some dance to forget that line rolled around in my mind. I know that lyric but what was the title? I’m 68 that song was so good how could I forget? Anyway seems a lot of the senior senators don’t recall the Budapest Memorandum. Ukraine gave up nuclear weapons to Russia no less to make peace with Russia! It’s disgusting how the GOP bends their knee to Putin. Let’s enjoy the last game of the nfl which most of us will not remember in a year from now! Ha

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Feb 11Liked by Greg Olear

WHAT

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Feb 11Liked by Greg Olear

Wow! No surprise that Greg Olear was a child prodigy! I love this story. Next, Merrick Garland...very disappointed and don't understand how he allowed the "Trump Appointee" to write a report like that. A report that people 50 years from now can look back and draw (incorrect) judgements from. So disappointing. I gave up on The New York Times and Washington Post a few years ago. I no longer pay attention to their attempts to engage me. Wisdom is gained through a variety of life experiences and what one learns from those experiences. Mistakes are made and then we learn from them and choose better the next time. Joe Biden is wise. I don't care if he can't or chooses not to remember a certain date. His discernment makes him the best choice to lead our country at this point in time and I am thankful that he is willing to do that for us.

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Feb 11Liked by Greg Olear

Joe Biden has forgotten more than Pete Doocy knows. ❤️ Thanks for this lill gem.

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Feb 11Liked by Greg Olear

Nicely said. Eloquent, perfect phrasing: "disrespectful little shit." Applies as much to Hur as to Doocy. It is deeply offensive that someone who once held the position of U.S. Attorney - a supposedly revered position in the American legal system - can put together a so clearly partisan report when dispassionate analysis was required. Sad.

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"Joe Biden has forgotten more than Pete Doocy knows." Yes! Just what I thought to say yesterday over on LFAA but forgot to say. Though I must say it isn't his knowledge but his wisdom that we should fear losing if he does not retain the WH.

Just FYI, I've had Zarina Zabrisky on pause for over an hour now, first because I didn't want to miss breakfast and second because my headphones ran out of battery power. (My computer's internal speakers are broken.) She is a keeper!

And, lastly, just last month I discovered that I've forgotten the names of the capitals of every state that I used to be able to rattle off without hesitation.

And, lastly-lastly, Greg, before your time is done, I would venture to say that you will have forgotten more than many of us ever knew.

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