Politicians are People Too
[thumb:589:l]If you live in the DC area it’s no big surprise to run into celebrities, sports stars, or random people in the media. Afterall, this is where the big decisions about our country are made. Seems there’s always a movie being shot somewhere in the city; and from time to time, part of the Beltway has to be shutdown so the presidential motorcade can pass through. But one thing you definitely see a lot of, particularly around election time, is the occasional congressman or woman waving and smilling at people on the sidewalk of a busy intersection as they pass by.
Albert Wynn is my congressman so when I saw his smiling face amidst the blue and white “Wynn” signs I took the opportunity to get to know him better. I mean, how many times do you get to go up to the person who’s representing you and find out what makes them tick, beyond the rhetoric and speechifying you might see on TV? Casually strolling up to him, I greeted him, handed him a WGTS t-shirt and told him I worked for the station.Â He said he wasn’t familiar with it but might listen. I asked about his family, if he had any children, and how they felt about him being in the spotlight. He told me he has a 12-year-old daughter who loves him dearly but forbids him to speak to her class because she’s so embarrassed to have her dad there. I figured that might be typical of any 12 year old girl.
After exchanging a few more pleasantries I let him get back to greeting and waving at passerbys but I thanked him for his service and candid demeanor. Now I realize that not everyone has the time to walk up to their congressman or woman and ask them about their life, but wouldn’t it be cool if everyone running for office gave us a few snapshots about their life in the midst of their election campaign? That way we could see that they and their families are just like ours. In this politically charged town where everyone focuses on what separates us, it’d be a breath of fresh air to see glimpses of the things that bring us together.