The President of the United States will be in Portland this afternoon. He will discuss his health care bill at the Portland Expo building. I will not be there.
I honor the office of the President and if I were just a tad younger or if my kids were still tots, I probably would at least be somewhere along the route. After all, whether we agree with this President's philosophies or not, he is still our President.
I haven't seen in person many Presidents; and those I have seen have mostly been Democrat ones. I have interview one Republican as he was running for the office. Richard Nixon was in Florida once and I had the privilege of interviewing him, but he hadn't yet been elected.
I was in the press section and broadcast a visit by LBJ many years ago and I have spent time on Congress Street as Presidents passed. It did not matter if those I saw were D's or R's. They were at their time the President of the United States.
And I was proud to have witnessed our local history taking place. Mobility issues prevent me from seeing our current one as he visits our city. But that changes nothing; the President of the United States is visiting Portland, Maine, today.