With political madness swirling about us like a daily sharknado from hell, it may be good to remember that we have had better times with far better people. Like former Texas Governor Ann Richards.
For me, one of the finest moments in American political history was when Richards took center stage at the DNC to proclaim, “Poor George, he can’t help it. He was born with a silver foot in his mouth!” I also loved it when she leaned forward at the lectern and said, “Friends, let’s talk about how the cow ate the cabbage.” Rather, must have loved that one. It was pure down-home Texas. And pure Ann Richards.
I did finally get to meet Governor Richards. It was at the DNC 2000 in Los Angeles, and I told her how much I had enjoyed that moment when she talked about the cow eating the cabbage. She was every bit as charming and gracious as she appeared to be on television. She was good for Texas, and for the country. And we need more like her. All that we can get.
Ann Richards, has been described as “salty” and “irreverent.” A mother of four, she wore white leathers to match her hair and she rode a Harley. And she was filled with optimism. Could be that’s why I am so fond of the optimism, intelligence and strength of Elizabeth Warren – because she reminds me of Governor Ann Richards, a larger than life woman who lived up to the larger than life American promise of giving everybody an equal shot at success. Even those who weren’t born with a silver foot in their mouth.