A House Divided

By: Denny Trease
By: Denny Trease

The current presidential campaign has some families choosing different sides. David and Susan Short live in a house divided. They're happily married but split on the question of which candidate to support for president.

Susan Short says, "I like Clinton because I like what Bill Clinton did in the White House, and I think Hilary can do the same things."

David Short argues, "I like Obama and what he stands for. He reminds me of John F. Kennedy. I think it's time for a new face and I think Obama can provide real change in Washington."

People traveling Gainesway Drive in Lexington tend to stop and do a double take when they see both an Obama sign and a Clinton sign in the same yard separated by another sign with the words HIS & HERS and arrows pointing in different directions.

With the Shorts, the only question was which would would get their sign up first. David tells 27 NEWSFIRST, "She kind of threatened that if I put my Obama sign in, she was gonna put up her Hilary, but then she beat me. I got home from canvassing Sunday, and I had a Hilary sign in my yard so I had to put mine in right beside hers and then I put up the HIS & HERS sign."

Not only will the Shorts cancel out each other's vote in the primary, it looks like their children will too. Susan says, "My 18 year old son is probably going to vote for Obama, and my 20 year old daughter hasn't quite decided, but she's leaning toward Hilary."

One thing is certain. If Obama maintains his lead and gets the Democratic nomination, David Short will not gloat in front of his wife. David says, "No, I've been married 21 years and I've learned not to do that."

David obviously knows a presidential pardon is easier to come by than one from the wife.

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  • by TheOmegaMan Location: DeltaEpsilon on May 8, 2008 at 06:27 PM
    Why don't those folks mow their grass..before they get a citation from the city.
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on May 8, 2008 at 10:48 AM
    Which one of these candidates will give me the most? That's what I want, I want a pie of your pie. All you rich folks out there making the big bucks while I have to sit around and wait for my measly government handouts. I want a bigger cut of your taxes coming to my mailbox each month. That .07% tax that Obama wants to fund the poor of the world is ok with me as long as I get a piece of that pie as well.
  • by Sherry on May 8, 2008 at 10:40 AM
    Neither one looks too promising. Did Obama ever say what changes he means when he says that "America is ready for a change!". What kind of change????
  • by london Location: lonon ky on May 8, 2008 at 08:11 AM
    i think democracy is great!! its about time to see this side of a campagne. Hilary, Obahma are people just like therest of us, with pros and cons with each candidate. I am still in the undecieded status, but I think this couple should be commended on thier humorous style. Years ago women had no choice. "you Go, Girl"....LOL
  • by Jethro Location: Rat Cheer on May 8, 2008 at 06:30 AM
    Yes, he kinda reminds me of J.F.K. too. You know, the man who's decisions turned the Viet Nam conflict into an unwinable war, The Bay of Pigs fiasco, the cuban missile crisis that was stopped not by J.F.K. but by a russian leader when he realized that he was so drunk (even drunker than a Kennedy!) he had his finger on the button, the groundwork for the "war on poverty" that has created a multi generational welfare state that MY tax dollars are paying for, etc. Ah yes, J.F.K., suave, debonair, looked great in a suit, who because of his physical appearance as compared to the opponent's (who ultimately got us out of Viet Nam.) while participating in the country's first televised debates, won the presidency by the second closest margin in history, all because of what he looked like, not by what he really was. When you wish for something, make sure you know just what you are wishing for; you just might get it.
  • by Dave Location: KY on May 8, 2008 at 06:24 AM
    So they are in disagreement between Marxism and Socialism, who cares!? Either one will be a total disaster for the middle class. Maybe PETA or the Sierra Club will get involved when Obama and Clinton start to drive the middle class into extinction.
  • by Norma Elliott Location: Yachats Or on May 7, 2008 at 10:14 PM
    I know David Short and I bet he gloats! Cute story - thank you - Susan and David have always had a great sense of humor, I take credit for hers.
  • by Richard on May 7, 2008 at 04:40 PM
    Voting for either one isn't smart


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