I am not one for watching the news, nor am I one to watch The State of the Union address.
Tuesday morning, I made the 4.5 hour drive to my place of birth, and due to unforeseen circumstances, I had to spend the night with my brother and his family. Given it is his house I was a guest in, and his tv, we watched the president’s address to the nation. I was impressed with the achievements of the administration and the forecast of more good things which appear to be on the horizon. One thing really grabbed my attention and it was the honoring of the last remaining Tuskegee pilot from World War II. As this elderly man stood to his feet, I could feel emotion come over me, He lifted his hand and saluted our president.
This man is 100 years old and he still loves and honors his country.
Through all the trouble, the strife, the lies, and the pain, this man is a prime example of boundless hope and faith. He represents love which is deeper than the mere uttering of verbiage. This man may not agree with everything the president has done, he may not agree with his personal choices, or his lack of self-control, but he understands we are stronger together than we are apart.
As I watched this man stand to his feet, smile and salute the president, I recognized a familiar feeling.
I am proud to be an American.
5 February 2020