from my state – literally and figuratively – and other places. i'm not in florida any more, but i haven't given up the sunshine.

12.15.2005

playing to an empty house

yesterday i sat in u.s. senate gallery watching sen. clinton on the chamber floor passionately deliver an oratory (please excuse the crude paraphrasing) berating congress, namely the republican party, for a budget that continues to offer corporate tax breaks while stripping money from the working class. she lamented the fact that – while corporations that are more than capable of taking care of themselves are being rewarded again and again with measures that make it easier and cheaper to do business and make money – our government is reducing budgets for programs that aid those who can’t care for themselves, like children in foster care.

i was transfixed by her elegant, forceful style. she didn’t skip a beat. her hand gestures were on queue. she turned occasionally from side to side as though addressing every single one of her fellow senators. but every other senators’ desk was empty. on the floor there were are few pages, the president pro tempore, parliamentarian, a couple of secretaries and a stenographer. not another senator in sight, yet she spoke as though it was a full house.

well yes, this is par for the course. senators concentrate, as they must, primarily on committee work. so they often are not on the floor. and her speech was being broadcast, so other senators could watch from their own offices. still, i couldn’t help but be impressed, not only buy her message, but also by her playing so well to an invisible audience. here’s a resulting ap story.

5 Comments:

Blogger ilisa said...

What a great experience. I'm jealous. Hiliary for President!

But how strange. I can't imagine speaking to an empty house. Well, I can't imagine speaking to a full one either...not sure which would be more difficult!

12/15/2005 09:30:00 PM

 
Blogger Amy said...

I do wish I would have been along for that experience.

What a perfect metaphor for the current state of the country and the dissenting voices wanting to be heard.

12/16/2005 08:42:00 AM

 
Blogger betsy said...

wow... amy, i hadn't thought of it like that but you are so right.

12/16/2005 08:49:00 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

not only buy her message

??

12/16/2005 05:30:00 PM

 
Blogger betsy said...

thank you to the grammar police. sorry for the type-o folks. at least it's a good one.

12/17/2005 08:36:00 AM

 

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