My traveling by plane happens about as often as seeing a kid from Weinland Park with his pants pulled up, but so I could maximize the time I spend with Susie in Florida this weekend, I will, in a little over an hour, be a passenger on AirTran, and at 2:32 p.m., I will be landing in the Sunshine State. I'm taking advantage of Port Columbus' free Wi-Fi to type this entry before boarding begins.
This will be my second time in Florida. Until Susie began spending her summers (and eventually moved there permanently this past summer), the only places in Florida I had any desire to visit were Fort Jefferson (on the Dry Tortugas) and Key West, particularly Ernest Hemingway's house and Sloppy Joe's, the bar he made famous. (It depresses me to see fraternity and sorority folk coming back from spring break wearing Sloppy Joe's T-shirts displaying Hemingway's face.)
There is, although remote, a Merritt Island connection to the title of this post. Merritt Island is the home town of White House photographer Cecil Stoughton, who took this picture aboard Air Force One on November 22, 1963, as Lyndon Johnson took the oath of office as the 36th President of the United States, two hours after John Kennedy was assassinated in downtown Dallas. As soon as LBJ ended the oath with, "So help me God," he turned to his aide and issued his first Presidential order, which is the title of this post. (I think everyone was glad that someone had shut off the Dictaphone recording the audio before he said this!)