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If you want to know what powerful women are up against, this photo gives you an example. I’m thankful that Michelle Obama can rise above, even as Google has seen fit to apologize for the image rising to high rank on its search. It would leave me speechless, except that I remember well what Hillary Clinton had to go through during her reign as first lady (and well beyond, let me add). The images weren’t racist, but the misogyny and sexist slaps were equally insulting. Powerful women get this all the time. Judge Sotomayor knows all about it. But you can’t keep strong women down. We are undaunted by the deluge.
“Every woman in public life needs to develop skin as tough as rhinoceros hide.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
The reason I find myself in Washington, D.C. this Thanksgiving is because of the man pictured here, who one year ago this coming week said it was time we moved to the nation’s capital. I’m frequently asked why I moved here, the answer obvious to anyone who knows me, especially my husband. They don’t make feminist men any better.
The shot was taken of Mark standing on the top of the hill, above J.F.K.’s grave at Arlington, wearing a very special 9/11 – PAPD hat that was a gift from a good friend, WB. I’ve seen countless ceremonies, wreath laying services, and the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and you never forget the sacrifices of those who stand watch for this country. Thank God for these brave souls, who choose to go into harm’s way to make the world a better place. Because today, it’s not just about U.S. national security within our own borders or the idea that is America, in a world where borders and boundaries, oceans and miles don’t keep us safe any longer, it’s about joining with the world to craft a better planet.
That’s one reason I’m grateful for President Barack Obama, someone who understands the world in a way his predecessor did not. I’ve many critiques on Mr. Obama, but I’m grateful he’s in office, because I don’t even won’t to contemplate the mess McCain-Palin would have made with what Bush-Cheney left in their wake. I never forget this, even as I remain mystified at the year past, which hasn’t come close to living up to the potential promised, with Obama coming into office with the wind at his back and the world at his feet. There is always time to turn it around, as Pres. Obama has more talent than all of the Republicans standing against him combined.
Thanks to all of you who make this place a stop on your day. Blessings to you and yours, to this country, as well as those who stand on the line, whose sole purpose is to give others in the world a chance to manifest our country’s promise in a land of their own. Even as we all know so very well we have a lot more work today in our own back yards.