A group called Dog Lovers for Joe put out one of my favorite ads of this election season.
New favorite ad pic.twitter.com/qfNQTqQNIe— Santiago Mayer (@santiagomayer_) October 1, 2020
But it isn't just dogs that have been missing from the White House for the last four years. Let's take a walk down memory lane and remember what used to happen there.
Events at the White house ranged from their annual science fair to campouts for Girl Scouts on the front lawn. Did you know that the first time Lin Manuel Miranda performed a piece that would later become part of the musical "Hamilton" was at an event sponsored by the Obama's at the White House? It was part of a musical series that included a night dedicated to the Blues, where this happened.
There is no art in this White House. There is no literature or poetry in this White House. No music. No Kennedy Center award celebrations.There are no pets in this White House. No loyal man’s best friend. No Socks the family cat. No kids science fairs.No times when this president takes off his blue suit-red tie uniform and becomes human, except when he puts on his white shirt- khaki pants uniform and hides from Americans to play golf.There are no images of the first family enjoying themselves together in a moment of relaxation.
Back when Obama was first elected, Alice Walker counseled the new president about his primary responsibility.
A primary responsibility that you do have, however, is to cultivate happiness in your own life. To make a schedule that permits sufficient time of rest and play with your gorgeous wife and lovely daughters. And so on...Because, finally, it is the soul that must be preserved, if one is to remain a credible leader. All else might be lost; but when the soul dies, the connection to earth, to peoples, to animals, to rivers, to mountain ranges, purple and majestic, also dies.
It seems pretty clear that Trump's soul died long before he moved into the White House. The place has felt like a mausoleum since he's been living there. While not the biggest issue we face these days, it is worth remembering how things used to be and look forward to the day that a new President and First Lady (and their dog) will make it the people's house once again.