Politics Letter of the Day
posted by August 28 at 10:05 AMon
(Though It Arrived Yesterday)
Leaving the Bellevue Library shortly after 5pm today NE 10th St was blocked off for the Presidents departing motorcade. As is likely in any busy downtown area there were a number of pedestrians lining up on both sides of 10th waiting to cross, which the police would not allow until after the motorcade had passed.
I had no serious problem with this; I understand that certain procedures must be followed to ensure the safety of the President. What upset me was that the driver of the last van in the motorcade was flipping off those he passed.
To be as accurate as possible, he was holding his left arm up in the driver’s side window and giving the “bird” to any and all gathered along the side of the road (the vehicle had a great deal of what I am assuming was communications equipment on top of it). These were not the protesters directly outside the event the president was here for, rather these were children and parents, an elderly woman with her son, and many others coming out of a public library being treated very poorly by the presidents staff. Even if there had been protesters yelling and jeering the President and his staff that type of display should not be tolerated from anyone on the Presidents staff.
I’m not seeking an apology for me, but I do think that the residents of Washington deserve better from our elected president and his staff. Then again expecting much at all from this administration other than disappointment seems rather pointless.
A concerned citizen