[Postings for the next few weeks may be sporadic or abbreviated.]
I encountered a couple recently who I think typifies this country’s current lines of demarcation. Based on a simple comment: The woman allowed how for her mother’s 95th birthday in 2005 she requested and received one of those “special” letters from the President. This year her mom reached one hundred, and she decided not to get a letter, “not from this President,” as she put it.
Now, you can read that several different ways, but it seems to me that by not getting it “from this President” she was more interested in making a political (or racial) statement than in doing something special for her mom.
People sometimes can be really pissy.
(The couple was from Anchorage, Alaska. Does that provide a hint?)