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Bud's Beat

By: Bud Pisarek, Loomis News Correspondent
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“Well, beat the drum and hold the phone — the sun came out today!” These are the opening words to John Fogerty’s classic song, “Centerfield.” I was reminded of his message about being “reborn” and a call of life’s renewal as our president addressed the nation last week. "We’re born again, there’s new grass on the field. “A-roundin’ third, and headed for home, it’s a brown-eyed handsome man; “Anyone can understand the way I feel,” the song goes. Baseball, like the robin, has always been the first sign of spring, a new beginning, a fresh start. President Obama’s speech was certainly a game-changer. Obama’s message has been called a “wake-up call to our elected officials and his Democratic supporters.” He touched all the bases: Social Security, Medicare, Bush tax cuts, and defense. He reminded us, and Congress, that Social Security was not causing the deficit. Medicare will not switch to a private-voucher system. “It’s not going to happen as long as I am president,” Obama said. The president will not allow the tax cuts for upper-income levels to be extended. He said: “The most fortunate can afford to pay a little bit more.” The “Centerfield” chorus reflects Obama’s call to each of us to become involved, to reserve the commitment we made to teach other. Fogerty sings: “Put me in, coach — “I’m ready to play today; “Look at me, “I can be centerfield.”