Americans. Tonight, the State of the Union is, in
a word, stressed.
Too many don't have
jobs. Car fuel and groceries cost more. And you
will die soon because of man-made global warming.
What happened to the
What happened was
everybody went online 24/7 and forgot what it was
like to sit down together with the family at
dinner. Instead they grabbed a take-out pizza and
on the way home they texted friends just to say
they were on the way home and that they were
eating pizza. That's the new normal for dinner,
What happened? Twitter
happened. Texting happened. Instead of spending
quality time with their family Americans tweeted
100 acquaintances in 140 characters or less.
countrymen, I propose that we invest in a national
program to rescue the American Dream.
I call it, Race to
Tonight we are
privileged to have with us in this chamber men and
women who represent millions of boaters from all
50 states. Some sail. Some cruise. Some fish.
Young ones ride a big inflatable behind a boat
driven by their dad. Some paddle kayaks into
remote backcountry areas where few have gone
before. Some venture out and sail vast stretches
of the wild blue yonder. Just for the fun of it.
Please stand, all, and
accept the admiration of the American people who
recognize, as do your elected representatives,
that you live by the creed that made America
great. You depend on yourselves. When you need
support you look to your family, your neighbors,
your close friends. Not the government.
We now understand that
boaters and their lifestyle – work hard, then
relax – show us the way to reclaim the American
Tonight I am proposing
that all Americans follow your example and go
boating at least seven days every year. Because,
as you have said, when you're on the water
everything feels right.
Every state in this
union has lakes, rivers and bays or boating. I
recommend a one-week cruise in the beautiful
barrier island paradise of Southwest Florida where
the subtropical weather is comfortable all year
If you don't have a
boat of your own remember you can rent or charter.
Here's my recommended itinerary for seven days in
one cruise to beautiful Sanibel Island, shelling
capital of the world.
Day two. Put in at
Cabbage Key where you can order the famous
Cheeseburger in Paradise and tack a dollar bill on
the wall with your name on it. Hey, it goes to
Day three. Watch
dolphins surf your bow wave. Watch roseate
spoonbills, herons, storks, hawks, kingfishers and
four. Anchor up behind Cayo
Costa Island and take a swim in the Gulf of
Mexico. Return to the boat. Take a nap. Catch a
fish and grill it fresh for supper.
Day five. History buffs
will want to see where some of America's infamous
pirates held sway 200 years ago. Gasparilla Island
was named for Jose Gaspar. His band of buccaneers
stationed themselves so they could quickly
approach ships and relieve them of their
Day six. Useppa Island
is a must-see. Accessible only by boat, it takes
its name from Jose Gaspar's significant other,
Joseffa. This island recently opened The Collier
Inn, an elegant b-n-b with 11 suites.
Day six. Cruise again.
Stand on the bow and let the subtropical breezes
blow remnants of stress away. See if you can spot
seven. Welcome back home. Landlubber again, give
yourself permission to return calls
to your friends, check your
Facebook postings and Tweet away. They'll want to
happened to you. Tell them you've been recapturing
the American Dream.