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Callista and I sat up until 1:40 a.m. Saturday morning watching the 15th ballot for the U.S. House speakership.
We observed Hakeem Jeffries’s pathetic, partisan baloney. His grandstanding minimized the dignity and collegiality which should be part of the transfer of power in the House.
By contrast, I thought back to the dignity and warmth with which Democrat Leader Dick Gephardt acknowledged that we had won for the first time in 40 years and passed the gavel in fitting, reverent gesture.
Then, we listened with growing admiration as Speaker Kevin McCarthy delivered an historic address. I realize his speech came too late in the evening for most Americans to have heard it live. However, it is so important I urge you to go to C-Span and watch it (not read it). His sincere delivery and the depth of his historic understanding of America were remarkable.
This was a unifying speech by a leader who understood that the Speaker is the only legislative leader identified in the U.S. Constitution.
The House should be “the people’s House,” and it should be led in the tradition of