I was intrigued with Hollie Grimaldi Flores’ column in The Union this week. She wrote about disrespect toward our U.S. President, based on partisan politics.
“I was recently fortunate enough to attend the 20th Lake Tahoe Summit, which showcased a number of public officials including our senators, governor and the President of the United States speaking on the topic of resources devoted to Lake Tahoe and the need to continue to protect it,” she wrote. “I was excited to see a sitting President live — but some in my immediate circle said they would not be bothered. When I told people I attended — people who do not agree with the President’s politics — I was shocked to hear how they referred to him. I don’t think you have to agree with everything he says or does, but he is the President of the United States of America and that should come with at least a bit of decorum.”
Welcome to western Nevada County Hollie! Welcome to your readership!
The real significance is that a U.S. President visited Lake Tahoe for the first time since Bill Clinton in 1997, putting our region in the national spotlight.
And two months earlier, the same U.S. President visited Yosemite to mark the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. It was the first presidential visit since John F. Kennedy in 1962. With Yosemite falls in the background, President Obama declared: “Just look at the scene … You’ve got to come here and breathe it in for yourself.”
The reaction that Hollie points to is further proof that “people in (her) immediate circle” can’t see past partisan politics. It’s what makes us look so small. And it’s why we burn instead of build bridges with the rest of California.