July 9, 2001
This Assumes I Could Be Bothered to Care
Well, I saw over the weekend that Jenna Bush got a grand total of 36 hours community service, some probation, and a $600 fine for sneaking into a bar with a fake ID.
As many people have said before, this is only news because her father's the president. Nobody got hurt, and the only reason she got turned in is because the bartender recognized her from TV. So why does anyone care?
Well, it shows what a problem underage drinking is. No, it shows what a bur this country has up its collective ass about alcohol. A nineteen-year-old shouldn't have to sneak into a bar; she should have been allowed to drink since her 18th birthday. She is, after all, an adult. If she makes a bad decision, she should pay for it, but this whole "we know better than you" crap has to stop.
Besides that, she's a famous person. Again, no. Daddy's famous; she's just another kid at the University of Texas. Same would have went for Chelsea Clinton. We elected their fathers, not them. Dubya's drinking adventures might be relevant; his kid doing what a million kids across the country do on a weekly basis isn't relevant.
What am I saying here, anyway? Simple: Let it go.