The world may never know exactly what South Carolina governor Mark Sanford did while he was AWOL this past week, but at least we now know where he went. A reporter for South Carolina’s The State caught up with Sanford in Atlanta’s international airport this morning as he returned from … Buenos Aires, Argentina. But didn’t his staff tell everyone just yesterday that Sanford was hiking the Appalachian Trail? And doesn’t that trail typically run through Appalachia? Yes! Apparently nobody not his staff, not his lieutenant governor, not the police, not his wife knew where Sanford disappeared to. But before you start dreaming up all the ways that a frustrated politician might relieve his stress during a secret trip to South America, rest assured that, according to Sanford’s untrustworthy and probably disingenuous account, he spent the week alone, driving along the coastline.
We’re all committed — I’m committed to make sure that we’ve got all of this cleaned out, and protected. Gotta take care of the floors, you know, the floors of the forest. It’s very important. You look at other countries where they do it differently, and, it’s a whole different story. I was with the president of Finland, and he said, “We have a, much different — we’re a forest nation.” He called it “a forest nation.” And they spent a lot of time on raking and cleaning and doing things, and they don’t have any problem. And when it is, it’s a very small problem. So, uh, I know everybody’s looking at that. To that end. And it’s gonna work out. It’s gonna work out well.