Giving Thanks
Celebrating Thanksgiving with a speaker, a governor, a TV-show host, and more.


Last week, I had a bunch of extra speeches to give on top of my TV-anchoring responsibilities, and then, on top of that, I had to fly out to Salt Lake City to interview former president George W. Bush about his book. I was tired, cranky, and kind of in a bad mood. And then I thought: Hold on, pal. Wait just one minute.

I am thankful for the work. Grateful that people will trust me to do my job and show up on time. God’s hand is in this, and I have nothing but gratitude for His power and His guidance. Fifteen years ago, I was unemployable. I am grateful today to be sober and clean.

And I am grateful for my beautiful and saintly wife of 23 years, and for my new little puppy dog. It sounds corny, but I see them as a God wife and a God puppy. More gratitude.

Though I was dead tired, I showed up for the Saturday radio show and made it to usher noon mass at church on Sunday — more gratitude. Our pastor gave a homily about Jesus, and at the end he said, “Follow Him.” More gratitude, for that thought.

I am grateful for this great country of ours. And, putting politics aside, I am thankful there is at least some improvement in the economy, so that more people are working and we all have more opportunity.

Then again, I am also grateful for the recent elections, as we celebrate our democracy and a shift toward the free market.

Larry Kudlow, NRO’s economics editor, is host of CNBC’s The Kudlow Report and author of the daily weblog Kudlow’s Money Politic$.

I’m grateful I’m not in charge. I’m grateful my days are full of wonderful surprises, mysteries, and people (some of whom are surprises and mysteries!). I’m grateful there’s truth and love in the world, and that so many continue to try to live in them in pursuit of real happiness.

Thank you, every American serving abroad today. Thank you, every family that has made sacrifices for the rest of us. Thank you, everyone who has sacrificed for service, from the clergy and military clergy to the men and women who save people’s lives. Thank you to those who are moms and dads — and those who are moms and dads where moms and dads aren’t or couldn’t be.

We’re a blessed people. And thanks be to God that it does not always go unnoticed!

— Kathryn Jean Lopez is an editor-at-large of National Review Online.