Remember that cold wintry day in January 2009 when a jet airliner put down on the Hudson River. One hundred fifty five persons aboard. All saved.
The pilot an instantaneous hero. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger.
During the Democratic primary battles, the world for the first time has become aware that Joe Biden has a stuttering problem. Took a long time to discover.
Some people are mean. Mock those who stutter or once did stutter. One of those is Trump’s daughter in law Lara, wife to Trump’s son Eric. On a national TV show, she made fun of Biden. Skillfully. Had to be planned. The word stuttering never used.
Her words directed at Biden were: “Joe can you get it out? Let’s get the words out Joe.”
Sully came to Biden’s defense. His words to Lara: “Stop. Grow up. Show some decency. People who can’t have no place in public life.”
Sully described the Biden attack as part of a “culture of cruelty.”
What compelled Sully to speak out? He stuttered as a child. He knew well how other children made fun of him and how difficult it was to overcome.
John Mulholland is the U.S. Editor of Guardian. Over the weekend he wrote, “America is at a tipping point, finely balanced between truth and lies, hope and hate, cruelty and nastiness.”
So it is.
January 20 is Presidential inauguration day in the U.S. Every 4 years on January 20.
Kennedy was sworn in on this day in 1961. He was a “President.” Trump was sworn in 2017. He not a “President.”
Kennedy’s inaugural address left us with passages that will last forever. Especially, “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.”
I recall no memorable words in Trump’s address.
Comment is frequently made that at 38, Pete Buttigieg is too young to be President. If he were elected, he would be 39 years old at the time of his inauguration.
Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Recalled by Americans for all the good he accomplished in the civil rights movement which lead to his death.
King was 39 years old when assassinated.
His age did not affect his work and leadership qualities. Buttigieg’s age will not affect his ability to lead.
One either has it or does not.
Age should not be an issue. He speaks well and is thoughtful. Trump in his 70’s when elected. A buffoon. Not intelligent. Knowing little.
A sensitive day ahead. In Virginia. A gun rights rally. Both sides will probably be present. Violence likely.
A sorry day.
One of Key West’s leading singers Terri White performs tonight at Dueling Bartenders. The former Broadway star is always at the top of her game.
I plan on being at Aqua to hear Terri.
A reminder. Lynn Frechette’s Aqua Idol opens its season wednesday. A not to be missed event.
Laurie Thibaud is emcee. Recall I did several Party Time radio shows with her several months ago. A talented woman.
Enjoy your day!