Friday, April 8, 2011
President Obama, speaking from the Blue Room of the White House, minutes after an eleventh hour compromise budget deal was struck between Democrats and Republicans (with Democrats, as usual, doing most of the compromising), wistfully said the Washington Monument will remain open for the children.
In a saccharine homily that sounded borrowed from his late hero, Ronald Reagan, Obama recalled a letter he (allegedly) received from a woman in Longmont, CO, a few days ago, whose son’s eighth grade class had saved up their pennies to take a class trip to Washington next week:
“The mother wrote that for the last few days the kids in her son’s class had been worried and upset that they might have to cancel their trip because of a shutdown, she asked those of us in Washington to get past our petty grievances and make things right. And she said, ‘Remember, the future of this country is not for us. It’s for our children. Today we acted on behalf of our children’s future.”
Barry, you made Ronnie proud!