This is one of those posts that is going to get me into trouble, with those who are hyper-partisan types. But, you know what? I really do not give two-flips. I may not agree with President Obama’s politics; but I do recognize him for his humanity and more importantly, for his love of Children.
The Story via The Washington Post and keep in mind here; that this is written from a progressive political stance. I do not agree her stance, but she did write a good story:
Zilch. Every. Dang. Year.
We’ve entered the White House Easter Egg Roll lottery for years now, hoping each time that we would be one of 35,000 families lucky enough to get tickets to play on the South Lawn, to post those glorious Facebook pictures in front of the South Portico.
And every year, we came up snake eyes. Until now. Yesss!
And this was the year to win, not only because the boys are reaching tweendom, when eye-rolling will replace egg rolling and this will only be another occasion for me to embarrass them. But because it was the last chance we’ll have to celebrate the holiday at the White House during the historic Obama presidency.
It was a common sentiment among families at the egg roll and bittersweet for many.
“The truth is, we may not see this again in our lifetime, an African American family in the White House,” said Carla Backus, 51, a federal worker from Temple Hills, Md.
“With all the backlash, with all the bitterness they endured. It was important for us to be there today. It was emotional,” said Backus, who came with her 9-year-old son, Robert Richardson. “It’s important for me that my son see people who look like us in the White House.”
For more than a century, the White House Easter Egg Roll has commanded a special place on Washington’s calendar and in the hearts of people from around the region.
Now for the life of me; I could not see a Donald Trump doing anything of this sort. At least, not with the love and compassion that the Obama’s have done it. Donald Trump strikes me as the alpha male type. You know, the type of “Hi Kids, Grandpa loves you — now get back to your Mother.” That sort of guy. I just do not see Donald Trump getting involved with something like this; he would be the type, to come out and wave and go back into the White House and let someone else handle the show.
As much as I disagree with the Obama’s on their politics; I think that them being kid-friendly and loving on Children, especially black children; is wonderful. It gives kids a feeling of, “I can do anything, if I put my mind to it.” It gives them a feeling of self-worth and that is something that is very much lacking today with kids — especially in the inner city. As someone who grew up in the inner city of Detroit; I know too well about that feeling of self-worth. I saw many people, even some of my family, that succumbed to the curse of self worthlessness and got involved with things that were harmful to them and in some cases killed them.
As much as I do see Donald Trump, as someone who would actually lead the Nation on important matters; I just do not see him being this sort of kid friendly in the White House, especially towards minority children. I mean, his whole campaign, since day one, has been a big gigantic nuanced racism infomercial. You think that he would actually bring black kids, into the White House?!? Please.
So, yes, it is the end of an era. An era which has not been seen since the days of John F. Kennedy. This my friends, is a very sad thing. Because the White House and the Presidency of the United States should be one to inspire people; including kids of all colors and backgrounds. The Presidency should not be a bully pulpit for an arrogant blowhard to flex his authoritarian muscles, which is what you will get with a Donald Trump Presidency.
Oh and “war on women”?!?!?! You just wait till Trump is elected. You ain’t seen nothing yet.