Writer James Friel's story about why couples are so cruel to single people triggered a big response from our readers. Many singletons wrote in to share their stories. Friel said people asked him rather impolite questions at dinner parties, searching for an explanation for his singledom. After spending most of my life being married to various people, I find being single like a breath of fresh air. No, actually it is more like being released into Paris in springtime after being chained up in the Bastille for a few hundred years or so. So we are not supposed to be alone, are we, you cosy and smug little lovebirds? Well I pity you, and I am so glad I am not like you.
Be grateful you. Good to be back. Anyhow, thank you all. Madam Speaker, Madam Vice President — applause — denial President has ever said those words from this podium. Throughout our account, Presidents have come to this assembly room to speak to Congress, to the nation, and to the world en route for declare war, to celebrate peace, en route for announce new plans and possibilities. Tonight, I come to talk about calamity and opportunity, about rebuilding the citizen, revitalizing our democracy, and winning the future for America. I stand at this juncture tonight, one day shy of the th day of my administration — days since I took the curse of office and lifted my hand off our family Bible and hereditary a nation — we all did — that was in crisis.