Sunday, July 12, 2020

Something of a Political Commentary - 12 July

You all know by now, that Heather Cox Richardson and her daily blog make up much of what I pass on each day.  Her latest posting was a request to help her with memorable political experiences that her readers would like to share.  I am sharing with you her request and my response:

Okay, I'm playing with some new ideas (as you can probably tell). Would love a little help.

What are your memories (maybe hopes, but I'm most interested today in memories) of past Democratic politicians, programs, ideas, events, and so on? I'd love to hear about any level: federal, state, local, personal. And, for that matter, I'd love to hear about backlashes against Democrats, too.

Once again, please do make a note if you don't want this used in a public writing in the future.

I'll be in and out of this discussion, not just today, but over the next year…. :)

And this is my response to her request:

Inauguration Day - January of 2009. I was lucky enough to be an invited guest to the Nation's Capitol and the inauguration of Barack Obama. That in itself is a good reason to be called a memorable experience. However, what will always be indelibly etched in my mind is the bringing together of hundreds of thousands who trudged through packed DC Metro cars, all jammed with people who never met each other before, and having to get off the Metro system because of an unfortunate fatality, and all of us having to walk and run through streets that most of us never had been through before. All of us jammed into crowded streets, heading to the mall for the ceremony that was installing the first Black American as our President. We were all warmly dressed against the chill of the winter morning. Some in nice garb with furs and beautiful cloth, and others in not so fashionable attire. Black people, White people, Brown people, and all shades of skin in between. All People, talking with each other, and where we came from, and all with the same reason of being there. We had happy faces, and some with tears in the eyes, and all experiencing the same feeling as One Nation on this Day, and wanting to reach out to our new neighbors in the sharing of this day. I will never forget this experience, and I have been through all the experiences one can absorb in 79 years of a lifetime.


I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

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