Tuesday, January 31, 2017

A Grace Note

We now live in such a polarized political age that, when one can find an instance where folks on one side of the aisle can treat those on the other side with kindness and generosity, it's a small cause for celebration.  Which is why I was pleased to find this letter written by Barbara and Jenna Bush to Sasha and Malia Obama, on the occasion of the Obama's departure from the White House.

It's no doubt written with a special awareness of the burdens families carry when one of its members enters the Oval Office.  I've always found a lot of news coverage and satire of Presidential families to be very mean-spirited and utterly unnecessary, and, in any case, I avoid commenting on the personal lives of any family member other than the President.  Considering the level of meanness that Barbara and Jenna had to endure, both personally and toward their father, they deserve credit for their classiness here.

Then again, perhaps they related to the meanness that Sasha and Malia had to endure.  It would be better for all of us if we could think of each other more as people, and less as partisans.

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