Who Won the Week? 05/02/2021

FWWTWThe idea behind Who Won the Week is to give you the opportunity to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

This week’s Who Won the Week winners are Kamala Harris and Nancy Pelosi. On Wednesday night, President Joe Biden delivered his first prime-time speech to a joint session of Congress. And behind him he was flanked by Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, two California Democrats.The two women made history that night as the first women — one of them Black and Indian American — to share the stage in Congress during a presidential address.

Biden noted the historic event at the very opening of his address. After taking the podium, Biden greeted the two women standing behind him with a “Madam Speaker” and “Madam Vice President.”

He then declared, “No president has ever said those words — and it’s about time.”

Maybe it won’t be too much longer before the individual giving a prime time presidential address to a joint session of Congress will be introduced as “Madam President.”

What about you? Who (or what) do you think won the week?

Who Won the Week? 01/24/2021

FWWTWThe idea behind Who Won the Week is for you to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

In the recent past, I have often have a hard time figuring out who or what I want to designate as the winner of my Who Won the Week post. But this week, my cup runneth over. Do I pick Joe Biden, the competent, experienced, empathetic, compassionate, and sane man who took the oath of office on Wednesday as America’s new President? How about Kamala Harris, the first ever female, Black, and South Asian to serve as Vice President? How about the two new Democratic senators from Georgia, Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, the state’s first Jewish senator and the first Black Democratic senator, respectively, whose runoff election victories gave control of the U.S. Senate to the Democrats.

Well, I have decided to go with Amanda Gorman, the 22-year-old poet and activist from Los Angeles, and the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history. On January 20th, this remarkable young woman captured the hearts and minds of most Americans when she recited her poem, “The Hill We Climb.”

I’d never heard her before this past Wednesday, but there she was, standing straight as an arrow behind the podium, a young woman having a moment that was as close to a viral sensation as poets get in American culture. Her slow, deliberate delivery emphasized the spellbinding and healing nature of her words, words that we weary Americans needed to hear. She enchanted most in the live audience and to many of us — including me — who watched her on television, she brought tears to our eyes.

Take a few moments to watch this incredibly gifted and poised young woman. I’m sure you’ll agree that Amanda Gorman won the week.

What about you? Who (or what) do you think won the week?

Two Weeks

Two weeks ago today I sat transfixed in front of my television screen, tears streaming down my eyes, as I watched in horror and despair a siege of the U.S. Capitol building in an attempted insurrection against the United States of America by far-right MAGA-maniacs inspired by none other than the then-sitting president, Donald Trump. I feared that I was witnessing the collapse of the American Democracy.

Two weeks later — today — I sat transfixed in front of my television screen, tears streaming down my eyes, as I watched with enormous pride the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris and witnessed the restoration of the American Democracy.Two weeks ago I was ashamed to be an American. Two weeks later, and for the first time in four long years, I am once again proud to be an American.

What a difference two weeks makes.


Photo credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images.

Too Little, Too Late

After what can only be described as an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol building yesterday — one that was instigated by none other than the sitting President of the United States — in the wee hours of the morning, a joint session of Congress reconvened and confirmed that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were elected President and Vice President by the American people and the Electoral College.

As a result, Donald Trump issued this message:

“Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20. I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again.”

First, his issuing of this statement is too little, too late. The damage to America at home and around the world has been done.

Second, this delusional man still got it wrong. Who cares whether or not he agrees or disagrees with the outcome of the election? And “the facts” will not bear him out. The outcome is the outcome, whether he agrees of not.

Third, his was not “the greatest first term in presidential history.” The facts will bear out that his was the worst term in presidential history.

And fourth, what does he mean by “…it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again”? Is he going to continue to lie about having won the election in a landslide? Is he going to continue to sow discontent and divisiveness? Will he continue to instigate and encourage mob violence?

It’s time to invoke the 25th Amendment the United States Constitution, which says that if the President becomes unable to do his job, the Vice President becomes the President. This can happen…if the President is just sick or disabled.

Donald Trump is sick and is disabled (delusional). He needs to be removed from office TODAY!

Who Won the Week? 11/08/2020

10CC3057-4EEA-4C80-B8C1-700C0FC6C906It’s time for another Who Won the Week prompt. The idea behind Who Won the Week is for you to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

The clear winner this week, with the election of Joe Biden as president and the defeat of Donald Trump, the man who was determined to turn America into an autocratic dictatorship, is democracy. That said, I’m going to designate this week’s Who Won the Week winner to be Kamala Harris.The election of the United States senator from California Kamala Harris as vice president is a long-overdue achievement for women and people of color that could forever change the face of politics.

Harris is the first woman ever to be elected to a national office, in this case, vice president, in the United States. She will also be the first black person and first Asian American to be vice president.

So I’m thrilled that Joe Biden is the president-elect and that we’ve taken a giant step toward restoring democracy in America. But I’m even more delighted that Kamala Harris is our new vice president-elect and may, ultimately, four or eight years down the road, become America’s first female president.

What about you? Who (or what) do you think won the week?