Dear Readers: To celebrate Independence Day, the MUT family went to Washington DC and did a speed tour of the National Mall, Arlington National Cemetery, and Mt. Vernon on July 3rd (to avoid the intense crowds on the 4th). During our walk along the National Mall, we came across an entrepreneur with life-sized Obama cutout. He was trying to make money from the tourists, charging for a photo with “the President”. The sign said: Picture with Obama – $3 for Democrats, $30 for Republicans.
Horemheb could not contain himself — yelling out “not too many takers, now, are there.” He was then joined by a few others in earshot, who were also not fans of the Destructor-in-Chief. I think that incident will be played out in the future; as soon as someone braves telling “truth to power”, then others who have been holding back will feel more comfortable in expressing their true feelings about the current administration (despite attempts to tweet around that truth). A memorable moment, indeed.
However, even more memorable was the mall itself. My whole family agreed that the National World War II Memorial was outstanding.
The memorial was beautifully designed, elegant, and blended exquisitely into the entire National Mall. The main battles were listed sequentially in the Pacific and Atlantic Pavilions, depending on the theater of war. Quotes from military and national leaders were included, and made the site a marvel for those of us who love history.
One feature that was innovative was a slate for each state that sent troops, which mean American visitors from around the country can have a special connection to the site.
Unfortunately, time only permitted Horemheb to do the quickest tour of Arlington while the Young Prince and I were recovering in the car. My beloved captured the eternal flame by President John F. Kennedy’s grave, still very meaningful for me as my parents were deeply impacted by his death. We will be returning, as it would require at least 4 hours to do this place justice.
Palin sums it up nicely:
I’ve said before that George Washington is my favorite Founding Father because he was reluctant to serve, and yet he rose to the great challenges before him. I can certainly see why he dreaded leaving his home on the Potomac. His servant’s heart is an inspiration to us all.
Piper laid a wreath at this tomb. While I had no wreath, I also visited the current tomb, were President Washington lies next to his beloved spouse, Martha. Then, I went to the original tomb location, and onto a tour of the mansion and museum. One of the key areas of interest for me was the forensic reconstruction of Washington’s appearance. He was quite a handsome man!
Mt. Vernon’s museum was absolutely the best historical site I have ever toured. I will be coming back and spending more time here. Watching some incredible videos on his life and the quick review of his life and times really hit home as me and my Tea Party friends continue to strive to return our government back to Constitutional principles.
Now, the MUT American Exceptionalism tour has landed in Florida, where the focus is less on history and more on capitalism! The Shrine is apt to be silent for the next few days as we cruise the Bahamas and visit Disneyworld!
SLOB NEWS: San Diego’s Finest Bloggers (TM)
Before I head off to the Bermuda Triangle, I thought I would share the news that Charles Caesar has developed a conglomerate site that acts like my mini-roundup! It is a fabulous site, which consolidates the most recent articles for the pundits associated with SoCal Tax Revolt Coalition.
Check it out: www.theslobs.org!
A few posts to note:
Beers with Demo compares the “new civility” with the debt ceiling limit talks.
Chares Caesar takes a look at Babs Boxer’s revision of history.
B-Daddy examines the important budget fight in Minnesota and its implications for the rest of the country.
W.C. Varones has a comment on the Porkulus fail (which was news-dumped on a holiday Friday).