About 20 some-odd years ago, I came up with what I believed (and still believe) is the ultimate bad-ass movie quote: “Suit Me Up Boys, I’m Going In.” And up until today, I’ve been struggling to come up with just the right scenario in which to use this quote.
Strangely enough, it was George H.W. Bush’s death Nov. 30 that made me think of just the right scene for this quote. On that note, RIP George H.W. Bush – I may not have agreed with him politically, but still respected him as our president – and I actually became quite wistful when I saw him wheeled on the field at a recent Super Bowl (I think this was 2017, but don’t quote me on this).
Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush at the Super Bowl
Ironically enough, this movie quote has nothing to do with George H.W. Bush…but has everything to do with former president Jimmy Carter, whom is now the last former U.S. president standing. Should he live until his 95th birthday on Oct. 1, 2019, he will be the oldest former U.S. president…ever.
Jimmy Carter, when he was in the U.S. Navy
Let’s rewind to 1952, shall we? You can read more of the details here, but long story short, Jimmy Carter, while serving in the U.S. Navy, was lowered into a nuclear reactor in New York that was melting down, being exposed to unthinkable levels of radioactivity. He excreted that radioactivity in his urine for about six months.
On that note, I officially dedicate this movie quote to Jimmy Carter, whom in “my” movie script would say…
Suit me up, boys – I’m going in.