,and last week’s Republican National Conventiondidn’t disappoint; in fact, it delivered in content and style something for everyone –
andyes, inexplicably, for fans of Clint Eastwood! Almost every speech contained memorable lines, and a home run on the American dreamwas delivered by Marco Rubio:
“A few years ago during a speech I noticed a bartender behind a portable bar in the back
of the ballroom. I remembered my father who had worked for many years as a banquet
bartender. He was grateful for the work he had, but that’s not what he wanted for his
“You see, he stood behind the bar all those years so that one day I could stand behind a podium in the front of a room.”
rco Rubio’s recollection made me think of my father’s parents, who were immigrants
from Sweden. They were young and ambitious. Leaving Sweden on separate ships, theymet and married in Chicago, starting their married life working in the kitchen of theSwedish Club of Chicago.From there they went on to own saloons that they ran together: bartending, cooking andserving. They reared three sons, built other businesses, and were fortunate to haveachieved significant success within their lifetime.My college educated father grew up helping his parents manage saloons and apartmentbuildings. The work was hard and left a lasting impression, as I discovered as a teenagerin high school looking for part-time work. The one position he refused to allow me to dow
as waitressing. He never explained and I couldn’t ask, but now I understand.
,they produce an “aha” moment of clarity.
The speech by Condoleezza Rice spoke to me intellectually and emotionally. There is a
serenity about her that comes through whether she’s walking beside a world leader,
sitting quietly while being interviewed, or striding purposefully to a podium or a piano.
The origin of her calmness is a mystery to me, but I suspect it’s rooted in her deep