Griffs Notes 12/19/06

America loves the comeback kid. So it really should come as no surprise that “The Donald” gave Miss USA Tara Conner “a second chance.” Particularly given that it’s the Holiday forgiving season.

As Trump said, it’s fairly easy and common to “get caught up in the whirlwind of New York.”

Officially, Miss Conner will enter rehab and begin anew on a course to be a role model for young people who battle the hardships of life. And you know what? Good for Trump! (Maybe we should start calling him Clarence)

It’s a very different day for young people in 2006 and the temptations and pressures for pitfalls are abundantly evident in today’s modern (and morally-challenged) culture. Turn on the tube and surf almost any channel and you are bombarded by images of sex, drugs and booze.

One caller to Brian and the Judge called it a “Christmas Miracle.”

Here’s a beautiful young woman from Middle America – Russell Springs, KY to be exact. Her parents both work at the Fruit of the Loom Company and have obviously put a lot of hard work and effort in getting someone like Tara to the World Stage of pageantry.

I went to college with a past Miss Teen USA who was a friend. She left on graduation day and apparently got caught up with the whirlwind of Los Angeles. But I read an article several years later that she and her husband back in Mississippi started a faith-based operation for troubled youth. She too got a second chance and by all accounts, she is making a positive difference in the world today.

Miss Conner vowed in her press conference today: “I swear I will not let you down.” And she should at least be given the benefit of the doubt.

But the real hero of the day is Trump himself. By granting Miss Conner a second chance, he sent a message to all the young people in America that it’s never too late to get on the right path.

In her pageant interview, Miss Conner said that the most important thing she wanted the judges to know about her was:

“Throughout my life, hardships and different experiences have made me a very humbled yet strong individual. It is because of these life lessons that I have become the person that I am today.”

She turned 21 yesterday. And only time will tell if Miss USA can make a difference in the war on our young people.

But for the moment – Merry Christmas, Tara… It’s a Wonderful Life after all!

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