Dear John

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Dear John,

It is no secret that I have taken a liking to you.  After all, I have written you several letters expressing my sentiments concerning the state of our nation and complimented you on the job you are doing as Speaker.  I don’t typically do that sort of thing.

However, this morning I read an article that focused on the resignation of one of your recently re-elected members, Congressman Chris Lee, from New York.  The article referenced your response not only to his poor judgement, but also your philosophy regarding the behavior of all elected officials.

Can I just state for the record again that I really like you?

You sent a message yesterday when you suggested that members of congress be held to the highest ethical standards. In fact, there have been reports in several capitol hill news outlets where you have been quoted as warning your colleagues about unseemly partying with female lobbyists, as well as stating for the record that, “I’ve had members in here where I thought they had crossed the line.”

I get that. I think all public servants could heed the warning from those words.

Have you ever been to Oklahoma?

From, a Senator’s wife in Oklahoma

Dear John

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I’m really looking forward to hearing the SOTU address this evening.  It has always been a favorite of mine for many reasons, however, like most Americans, tonight I will be listening to the rhetoric.  It has really digressed over the last two decades reaching a level of embarrassment and certainly hindering our nation’s progress.

I know some Congressional members are sitting with their friends on the other side of the aisle to make a statement.  This is a nice gesture and we’ll see how it goes.   Next year, I would recommend you establish a seating chart by state delegation in your chamber.  Might be a fun little experiment to have all the members from Alabama sitting next to the members from Alaska sitting next to those from Arkansas and so on and so forth.  Just a thought from your friend, the Senator’s wife in Oklahoma.

Hope you are tanned, rested and ready!  It looks like you’re in for a bumpy ride.

Kid in a Candy Store

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So, this past week I spent a few days roaming around my old stomping grounds and feeling a little nostalgic. Weepy. Patriotic. And, tired. So, very tired! I never sleep well in that town because I feel like I will be missing something. I know, call me crazy. But, I love, love love our nation’s Capitol city.

I went out there for a finance meeting for a national board that I sit on, a wonderful organization, really. However, it coincided with the swearing-in of Oklahoma’s newest Congressman so I was able to hit the Hill running.

It has been a long time since I walked around Capitol Hill, most notably the House side. Like a few years ago when the Senator and I had the children there and toured them around the National Mall. I forced them to walk from the WWII Memorial up the Hill to the House side and then across the Capitol over to the Senate side. They refer to this trek as their own personal Bataan Death March and I still don’t get that. I suppose I got all caught up in the magnificent surroundings packed chalk full of history and lost myself. They didn’t think it was funny. Especially in the heat of the summer. My first clue should have been when they asked to stop and play in the sprinkler system in front of the Library of Congress. Nice, huh!

Anyway, I pulled the same stunt Tuesday afternoon. After the ceremonial swearing-in of my Congressman (and a photo-op in front of the Speaker’s Office) I thought it would be fun to hop over to the Senate side to reminisce for a moment. And, it was, albeit the new blisters on the back of my heels but that didn’t’ keep me from enjoying every moment of my walk. I waved to the Capitol Hill Police on every corner and smiled like a happy tourist after each photo I took. I love this country and its rich history. I love this town. I felt like a kid in a candy store, at home and completely satisfied.

SW

Dear John

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Dear John,

I happened to be in Washington D.C. this week, the week you officially became 2nd in line to the Presidency. I even managed to take a picture outside of your office door. The mailman thought it was sweet and moved the flag that was blocking your name out-of-the-way. The young staffer standing right inside your office must not have appreciated my nostalgia when he abruptly shut the door. I don’t know what he was thinking, but he probably shouldn’t be your front man.

I have to tell you though, the town was full of activity. It seemed like everywhere I went there were receptions and parties celebrating the official swearing-in of your newly elected Congressional members on both sides of the aisle. I know you had encouraged them to downplay on the extravagance, but seriously, they worked hard to be there and I get it….having lived through two campaigns myself, a little celebrating should never be out of the question.

I also want to commend you for instituting the first ever reading of our Constitution on the House floor. What a novel idea and something all Americans should do more often. I hope everyone in this country pays attention. I know I will.

Good luck to you Mr. Speaker. So far, you are off to a heroic start.

Sincerely, a Senator’s wife in Oklahoma