Since we knew we were not in a position to take in any of the festivities surrounding the president’s recent visit to the Hall of Fame, we decided we needed to celebrate in another way. And, as luck would have it, we are currently reading the recently released biography, “James Madison: A Life Reconsidered.” What better way, we thought, to mark the current president’s visit by reading about a former president’s life. It seemed perfect. Besides, it gave us a reason to spend the day with our nose in a book.
Of course, we did receive reports from our roving reporters and also managed to take in both Jane Clark’s remarks as well as those of the president as they were broadcast live on channel 2. We must note, however, that we missed part of the president’s speech as he was cut off by the emergency weather alert which was broadcast smack dab in the middle of the speech. Fortunately, although we missed that part of the speech, we think we were still able to get the gist of his message. Plus, of course, we read all the news of the visit before and after the fact in the various papers.
We must say that when we read, Thursday morning, the mayor’s remarks, as reported in the newspaper, we were hopeful that he was right when he noted that “... people who often hold strident political viewpoints were putting any differences they might have with the president aside to rally in support of his goal of increased tourism...” He then added “Politics has been thrown out the window...” Alas, our great hope for the mayor’s predictions evaparated when we got the first call telling us there were people on Main Street wearing T-shirts which said “Impeach Obama.”