Just a brief weekend message and food for thought. I caught a few minutes of the televised joint appearance of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush at the Newseum in Washington on Monday. These gentleman, different in many ways, still genuinely like and respect one another and even described the reasons why. From where I sit, the most touching interchange between the two was when former President Bush prepared former President Clinton for what it was like to be a grandparent for the first time. Dubya used words like "falling in love all over again" and being ready to accept being the center of attention will become a thing of the past.
There are many grandparents in Congress -- maybe we should get to know each other by sharing what it was like to become a grandparent or a parent for the first time. I believe that when is a child is born, it is the purest example of love at first sight. And seeing my son hold his son right after his birth, feelings I had never felt washed over me. One thing is for sure is that the decision to bring a child into the world is a decision by the people who love and care for children to allow their hearts to run around outside of their bodies for the rest of their lives. Now that's a conversation starter and maybe a starting point for a policy discussion about the needs of children in America.