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2006-09-15 - 8:37 a.m.
R.I.P., Ann Richards
My heart sincerely sank when I heard the news yesterday morning on NPR. It's not as if she had been on the scene in recent years, but my memories of her are somehow so fond that I felt her passing to be a Big Event.
She exuded the sweetness of your grandma with the hard-as-nails demeanor of a tough-talking truck stop waitress. She seemed, in a word, theatrical, but not contrived. Who really knows how much of her public face was artifice (there's a degree of it in all public faces) and how much of it was genuine.
I say it doesn't matter: she made me feel as if she got it and understood.
People who say "all politicians are the same" are just plain wrong.
When I read the last bit of the following quote, I feel patriotic again. I do feel like we all really belong, that this country really can accommodate all of us, and we are not castoffs or detritus. For a moment, I believe it. At least for a moment, I'm optimistic...
... When they belittle us for demanding clean air and clean water for trying to save the oceans and the ozone layer, thatís wrong.
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