Barb's State of the Union
February 2007 | March 2010
Thank you very much, Madame Speaker, Mr. Vice
President, members of Congress, distinguished
guests, and fellow boaters.
Despite what you read in the media, the state of our
favorite form of recreation -- boating -- has never
For many Americans, for generations, boating has
brought fulfillment that no other form of recreation
For the newly married couple the search for and
purchase of their first boat has symbolized a
lifelong commitment to each other and to the
institution of marriage.
Parents and children cruise, water-ski, fish, paddle
and set sail together. Boating builds stronger
families and stronger persons and makes our country
Young men and women grow into more responsible
adults because of the responsibility that boating
For newly retired couples, boating is the vessel
that helps them chart and sail to new horizons.
From Seattle to Sanibel and from Cape Hatteras to
Half Moon Bay recreational boating reinforces the
inherent dignity and the birth right of freedom of
Madame Speaker, my administration will be proposing
to the Congress of the United States a set of
initiatives to address certain boating issues that
have long been ignored and, until remedied, will be
like a chalky substance on the fiberglass hull,
corrosion on the hardware, and sun- and
mold-streaked sections on the teak decks of the
American way of life.
Our cause is just, and it continues.
ask the Congress to join the administration in
passing ďBarbís Better Boating Bill,Ē a set of three
First, we ask lawmakers to support the heavenly
cause of peace and quiet by pointing the nationís
finger of shame and blame on every boater who
violates marina environmental etiquette.
recommend penalties for those whose stereos and
noisy generators continue to disrupt the fabric of
our nationís sleep patterns. Permit me to add, on a
personal note, that if those inconsiderate people
insist on playing their stereos after hours would
they please, for goodnessí sake, at least play some
Sergio Mendez & Brasil Ď66.
Secondly, we propose an urgent national program to
help waterfront restaurants expand their menus so
that they serve more than just hamburgers and fries.
I donít mean that they have to add crepe suzettes
with fresh strawberries to the menu but would it
kill them to offer a big, fresh salad?
Finally, I want the Congress to address the urgent
issue of boater education. Next week my
administration will ask the Congress to allocate the
appropriate resources to each state, based on number
of boat registrations, to initiate programs that
once and for all time eradicate the disease of boat
docking disasters. How long, oh how long must all
those in the marina listen to the gut-wrenching
sound of a moveable object -- a boat -- forcibly
crunching into an immovable object -- a dock.
This program would provide a sizeable tax deduction
for seeking a degree from an academic institution,
including the highly-regarded liveaboard yacht
school in North Fort Myers called the Florida
Sailing & Cruising School. No, this is not an
From sea to shining sea boating has demonstrated its
power to make our people better citizens and our
country stronger. Steadfast in our purpose, we now
fellow Americans, this is the time to answer the
plaintive call of our boat-loving countrymen to be
able to get a good nights sleep in a popular marina,
have better things to eat while boating, and to have
the confidence and ability to back a big boat into a
little slip anywhere, anytime.
Let no boater be left behind. God bless you and God
bless America's boaters.