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Political musings amid a pandemic (giving voice to vitriol) April 21, 2020

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(At) Least Her People Know the Choice Is…*

graphic mashup of Covid-19 illustration and Statue of Liberty photoLeast her people know the choice is…,
sounds from White House, how they sting.
Trump has mimicked FoxNews voices—
“crown him now, he is our king.
‘Four more years,’ repeat the mantra,
to him tribute we must bring.”

Fear of virus cannot stop us
from insisting Trump must go.
Forefathers empowered us
to guard this nation, not his dough.
So, with courage, donning facemasks,
cast we votes this fall for Joe.

Every day to us is Zoom day,
with its Covid-19 song.
When we hear the daily bluster,
fact-check Right, correct the wrong.
Dethrone Trump, vote for Joe Biden;
now in him our hopes belong.

*by Mark Deshon, with apologies to God and all Christendom (plus William M. James and Henry T. Smart, who wrote the words and tune to UMH 304, “Easter People, Raise Your Voices”)

PAEMST Recognition Week Experience – 9 January 15, 2010

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PAEMST Recognition Week – Article

Check out the article I wrote that appeared today on UDaily.

PAEMST Recognition Week Experience – 8 January 7, 2010

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PAEMST Recognition Week – Celebratory Wrap-up

Wow, what an afternoon and evening. We watched CNN in the hotel room and saw Jo Anne seated next to the teacher from Minnesota who had the honor of introducing the President who was sitting next to Jill and Joe Biden. At the conclusion of Obama’s press conference, he immediately came down to shake hands with Karen (Delaware’s math awardee) and Jo Anne.

Jo Anne had been taken back to V.P. Biden’s office to chat with Joe and Jill and his White House aide Jillian Doody. Interesting tidbit—Jo Anne had taught Jillian, a Newark native, in first grade at West Park Place Elementary back in the late 80s.

Went out for a nice mid-afternoon run, down past the Lincoln Memorial and across the bridge into Arlington and back.

Quickly showered, changed, and boarded a bus with the other guests for the award ceremony, which was held at the National Academy of Sciences.  It was a very nicely done affair, with a reception following.  Never will anyone see so many elementary teachers in evening dresses and high heels than at an event like this.  So proud of Jo Anne! I have lots of good photos.

The awardees have one more full morning of meetings, including breakfast at the Rayburn House Office Building (next to the Capitol) and a meeting with Sen. Carper’s team at the Hart Senate Office Building.

I plan to head back to the Newseum for a few hours.  This is my last post while in D.C.  I’ll see if it makes sense to add some photos when I get back home.  That’s a wrap.

I welcome your comments.

PAEMST Recognition Week Experience – 7 January 6, 2010

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PAEMST Recognition Week – Small Wonder

Boy, I love the specialness about living in Delaware, particularly when recent politics is concerned. The teachers walked across 15th Street to the east gate of the White House at noon. An official among those checking people through asked, “Who’s from Delaware?” Karen Fredricks and Jo Anne were told they were going to get to sit in the front row at this afternoon’s press conference! Love ya, Joe.

Check out these photos!

In more ho-hum incidentals, I spent a couple hours this morning at the Newseum and will go back this afternoon, after we try to see what we can see of the press conference from the hotel room (I invited Karen’s parents and son–a UD freshman–to join me for the webcast). The Newseum is every bit as cool as Fran Fletcher had mentioned in an e-mail. Loved it.

More later…

PAEMST Recognition Week Experience – 6 January 6, 2010

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PAEMST Recognition Week – Wednesday early morning

Found out one of the few things that Jo Anne can take into the White House is a camera. She just won’t be able to use a flash. So I’m going to let her borrow IPA’s new camera (which I’ve been experimenting with this week) to see if she can get a good photo of the President and any other well-known dignitaries (Michelle?, Joe?, Jill?) who may be there.

In case you’re interested, the coordinating press conference will be a live webcast, beginning at 1:30, we’re told.

PAEMST Recognition Week Experience – 5 January 6, 2010

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PAEMST Recognition Week – Tuesday evening

Our group had the opportunity to view “Sea Monsters” at the Natural History Museum’s IMAX theatre, followed by an informal Q/A with the film’s senior scientist and one of the producers for National Geographic. The 3D movie, about prehistoric sea creatures, was a cool mixture of archaeology and Disney.  The 3D effect was impressive.

This was followed by a buffet in the Grand Hall and Oceana rooms of the Museum.  (If you’ve ever been there, picture eating in the shadow of the elephant.)  We sat with representatives from Vermont, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.  The Pa. awardee is a UD graduate (as is one of the awardees from Connecticut). Turns out the husband of the New Jersey winner at our table, who happened to be sitting next to Jo Anne, grew up in the same small Philly suburb that she had (Aldan) and knew many of the same people.  Small world.

The Vermont couple was so convinced I looked just like their state’s governor, that I posed for a mock photo op congratulating the Vermont awardee.  It was a hoot.  I looked up the guy’s picture back at the hotel in the nice congressional directory we were given.  Might be what I look like in ten years.

Oh, by the way, I found the state seals of Alaska and Hawaii. They’re on either side of the archway to the main hallway of the hotel.

PAEMST Recognition Week Experience – 4 January 5, 2010

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PAEMST Recognition Week – Tuesday afternoon

“Tuesday afternoon… I’m just beginning to see.”  Somehow this old song just seems to fit.  Went to visit the National Holocaust Museum, which did indeed put me in a bluesy mood.  I wasn’t sure I wanted to go but am glad that I did.  It’s a fantastic place with plenty of interesting (though heartwrenching) info.

It was still very cold out for the brisk walk to and from the hotel, but at least the sun shone brightly.

Getting ready to head to the National Museum of Natural History for a private IMAX showing with the awardees and a dress-up dinner to follow.  At least we get a bus ride to and from the venue!

Tomorrow’s the big day for Jo Anne.  Group audience with POTUS (and maybe FLOTUS, too) at the White House, followed by a press conference in which Obama will talk about the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), followed by a tour of the White House.

PAEMST Recognition Week Experience – 3 January 5, 2010

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PAEMST Recognition Week – Tuesday morning

The awardees, particularly Jo Anne, are beginning to become a bit more excited now.  They’ve been told they’re on Barack Obama’s agenda for tomorrow afternoon.  This morning after breakfast, they boarded buses for the National Science Foundation.  I’ll meet them for an IMAX film and dinner at 6 p.m. at the Museum of Natural History.

I noticed that among this crop of awardees, African Americans are grossly underrepresented.  This made me wonder what the President will think when he meets this crew tomorrow.

This morning I met representatives from Ohio, Florida, California, Virginia, Alaska, and the Virgin Islands.

Will head out to take in some museums later today.  That’s it for now.

PAEMST Recognition Week Experience – 2 January 4, 2010

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PAEMST Recognition Week – More from Monday

Back at the hotel after having taken a 35-minute cold, but scenic, jog down to the Monument, up and around the Capitol, along the wind-protected sides of the Smithsonian Museums (along Independence Ave.), and back up 14th street.

Contrary to what we had expected, it’s a bit less than the advertised “all-expenses-paid” trip. Jo Anne, of course, will be deservedly pampered, but I’ll have to fend for myself for tonight’s dinner and all lunches. (Darn)

Saw the Presidential helicopter arrive and take off again this morning from the window of our room.  Pretty nice view.  The Willard InterContinental Hotel is steeped in history.  While President, Ulysses S. Grant was said to have coined the phrase “lobbyist,” as he was frequently met by such folk when he would come to the Willard. I enjoyed seeing the little historical gallery they have just off the end of the main lobby corridor. The lobby ceiling is cool, with each of 12 ornamental sections (from which lighting hangs) inlaid with the great seal of four states.  I gotta look harder to find what they did about Alaska and Hawaii.

Gotta clean up and go hunt for some food.  Stay tuned for more later.

PAEMST Recognition Week Experience – 1 January 4, 2010

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PAEMST Recognition Week – Musings About Our Experience

Arrived by train (nice trip) yesterday.

$35 fare from Union Station to the hotel; tip—wait in the taxi line like everyone else.

Hooked up with the other winner from Delaware and her mom for dinner last night at a French café adjacent to the Willard InterContinental Hotel, where we’re staying.

Though not the finest view the hotel has to offer, we look out our window and can see the Lincoln Memorial. We’d have a stunningly close view of the White House (only a block away), were it not for the attached office building.

Had a modest continental breakfast this morning. Fresh-sqeezed OJ made me think I was in Florida.  Met teachers from New York, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Mississippi.

Watched Jo Anne sit for the obligatory individual photo session, which I suspect I enjoyed more than she did!

I have to map out my time while here, so I’m signing off for now.