Can’t help myself- a little more politics and a fire story and a Hudson Valley leader.
There was an article in the New York Times yesterday about a fire that burned down a cottage at Warm Springs GA. I visited Warm Springs when I was in Georgia a few months back- see earlier post- and was amazed at the simplicity of the President’s living style at that time. While he was a real Hudson Valley patrician, he had a touch of the common man about him. Whether it was driving out to Clove Valley campaigning in an old Ford or going to Warm Springs, where the “Little White House” had only four small rooms, he had a way of communicating with the common man which resonates even today, when we have become a nation of TV and cable watchers. The “Fireside chat” has been replaced with seven candidates fighting like crabs in a bag on the stage at Ames Iowa.
But I still have hope that this democracy of ours will work over the long haul. It just may take a while for our leaders to get it right. You can’t fool all of the people all of the time.