Big Freddy was folding his morning newspaper with less than his usual care when I joined him, and he grunted his response to my greeting.
“Lose one somewhere?” I asked as I moved into my side of the booth.
“Cogitating,” Freddy said.
“About what?” I asked.
“About the Obamas’ up-coming vacation on the Cape in August, concerning which I don’t blame him because of what he’s been having to deal with for what seems like forever,” Freddy said.
“More than he counted on when he won five years ago, but it goes with the territory,” I said.
“He was a political greenhorn as far as Washington politics are concerned. Much of what he’s had to face wasn’t in the play book.”
“Which is what I was thinking before you showed up,” Freddy said. “He’s been hop skipping around and about, and he needs this vacation more than somewhat.
“The House and the Senate are in political lock down, and he’s spent as much time outside of Washington as possible.
“In the Muddled East it looks like everything we have done there has been turned upside down.”
“Well one of the things we’ve tried to do here is to stop border hopping from Mexico and that hasn’t got any better either,” I said.
“Thousands of illegals poring into Texas - and a lot of four and five year olders among them that’s been going on for some time.”
“More recently for the very young and on the increase, but politically it’s a Texas problem,” Freddy said.
“They’ve been dealing with it as best they can, but it’s a national problem as well,” I said.
“And it’s a roadbed filled with political pot holes,” Freddy said.
“But I have to tell you, I think of those kids - especially the younger ones - sent off by their parents for others to deal with no matter what. They just keep coming and we can’t stop them.”