You may recall from last week’s installment of “Thursdays with Chia Obama” that we had to replant Chia Obama’s “hair” after our first Chia crop wilted. (If you missed that edition, you can find it and other previous installments by clicking here.) Thus, this week’s story features a born-again Chia Obama! (A selling point for conservative readers?)

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It is a few minutes before 10 p.m. here on Monday, July 20, 2009 – the 40th anniversary of the first moonwalk. I’ve been reliving the Apollo 11’s mission via Twitter (courtesy of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum), and the following tweet just posted:

“Armstrong: “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.” Neil Armstrong is on the Moon! #Apollo11”

I can’t help but think that in a way, there is a connection between the Apollo 11 mission and Chia Obama. I wouldn’t be thinking about either of them right now if not for the audacity of hope. The first moonwalk was made possible by America’s audacity to hope it could put a man on the moon by the time the 1970s arrived, as President John F. Kennedy boldly challenged us to do in his famous May 25, 1961, speech. And, as we all know, Barack Obama’s presidency was made possible by his audacity to hope a black man could be elected to the highest office in America (and, as a direct result, have his likeness turned into a Chia Pet).

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The next night, I’m having my own “audacity of hope” moment. After reading that President Obama will be in Chicago for a pair of fundraisers Thursday, I dream that he will stay an extra day to go to the Cubs game with me and stay for at least an inning or two. I imagine him walking to the pitching mound before the game starts, taking off his White Sox jacket and replacing it with a Cubs jersey. It doesn’t matter that he comes across as a flip-flopping politician – the Wrigley Field crowd cheers him anyway.

Before leaving, Obama has one of his people write down my contact info so he can pass it along to his publisher. Why would he do that, you ask? So I can write a book inspired by Chia Obama.

And of course, the president loves the idea.

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It is Wednesday afternoon and one week has passed since Chia Obama’s hair replacement surgery took place. It’s amazing how much growth there is already – his hair is growing much faster and taller than it did the first time!

I’m not sure what we did differently to improve the Chia growth this time, so we just keep caring for the plant the same way every day.  Hey, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

Another lesson learned from Chia Obama…

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Next week: Will Chia Obama’s hair keep growing to new heights at an amazing rate? And what more can we learn from Chia Obama? Check back here at The Bread Line next Thursday to find out!

Chia Obama on Tuesday, six days after we planted new seeds on his scalp. The growth looks good on him!

Chia Obama on Tuesday, six days after we planted new seeds on his scalp. The growth looks good on him!

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