What would you do your last night of freedom before heading off to the federal penitentiary? On Bernard Kerik’s pre-prison checklist: blog, watch inspirational fight movie with daughters, ask history not to judge.
I sat with them and watched the movie Rocky Balboa, for the sole purpose of having them watch one scene where Rocky speaks to his son and says, “The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are….it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get it and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward!”
Kerik begins his four-year sentence for lying to Bush administration officials and tax fraud today. He signed off last night’s post by saying:
Finally, I can only hope that history will judge me based on my 30 years of public service to our great nation, and not by tabloid headlines, my imperfections, or the mistakes that I may have made.
Aw, Bernie! Keep moving forward!
(In case anyone’s wondering, we would have watched the scene in Office Space where they destroy the printer. Or Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.)