Topic: "Heart Soar Like Hawk"(5)
Today, he took an unscheduled walk through Plot 60 of Arlington National Cemetery. It was the first time in History that an American President walked through the tombstones in this hallowed ground. These were the young men and women, at his feet, who rest from their service in Iraq or Afghanistan. Surely, thought Frodo, he must be thinking of his earlier words, his promise, on this his first Veterans Day as the most important man in all the world.
From a distance, the cameras caught him approaching casually dressed young men who stood by a freshly-flowered grave. When they looked up to see who approached, one immediately saluted and he received a salute in return. There was a hand placed on a shoulder and words, silently offered and shared. It is resoundingly flippant to refer to something so sacred as a "Kodak moment," but it is a picture that the Hobbit will retain in his frontal lobe for the days that remain to him.
A few moments ago the reports commenced that the President, not Obama, not even Barack Hussein Obama, but the President, announced that he was rejecting all of the military options submitted to him for action in Afghanistan. It will be some time before we sift through all of the process so far, or even fully comprehend what this means for the course of action in days to come.
Frodo knows only how he feels, and, tonight, his heart soars like the hawk.