What's On Our Mind
A personal reflection by Hollis Wein
It was 1988. I had just arrived back home in Washington, D.C. after my first presidential campaign, the losing campaign of Michael Dukakis. My colleagues and I poured our hearts and soul into that campaign. We travelled the country, slept on floors, and knocked on doors.
It was a crushing defeat, but we were energized by the opportunity to effect change, to see America up close and personal, and to play a part in our great democratic process.
When inauguration day came, I, along with several friends, went to the Capitol grounds for George H. W. Bush’s swearing-in. We went because we could. As an American, it was one of my proudest moments to stand there.
No one asked about my political party. No one chased me away. No one shouted me down. There were no armed troops and vehicles in the street, and there was no fear of violence. I stood with other Americans to witness one of the most unique parts of our democracy — the peaceful transfer of power.