All over the place I have been amazed at the new sense of decency and the absence of rancor. Both The Bush Family and the Obama Family have set the tone for how people behave in a civilized society. They have shown America what it is like to have good manners.
No one was arrested yesterday despite the fact that probably a million and a half people were on the Mall. Many of those people were struck for hours because streets were closed and many simply were lost. Again, no one was arrested.
Senator McCain called for a rapid confirmation of Hillary Clinton. Now he, of all people, probably has the most reason to be rude. But he wasn’t. Quoted in the Washington Post, he said,
“We shouldn’t delay,” McCain said in a Senate floor speech yesterday morning. “I don’t have to remind you or anyone else in this body, we’re in two wars. There’s a very fragile cease-fire in Gaza now between Israelis and Hamas. The situation in North Korea seems to have deteriorated again.”
McCain continued: “We had an election, and we also had a remarkable and historic time yesterday, and this nation has come together as it has not for some time. I pay attention to the president’s approval ratings. Very high. But more importantly, I think the message that the American people are sending us now is they want us to work together and get to work.”
I think we need to listen to Senator McCain’s words and heed them:“Work together and get to work.”
The confirmation hearings certainly are going smoothly. Is this a new trend in Washington or am I just basking in the afterglow?