LARENAI SWANNS WAYS! Kwame Holman discussed Ted Kennedyand a beautifully poised third-grade child: // link // print // previous // next //
SATURDAY, AUGUST 29, 2009
Larenai Swanns ways: Assessments of Ted Kennedys life and career will of course continue. Rarely mentioned: Thanks to Kennedys officeor so we were toldwe were able to attend the second game of the 1967 World Series! Granted, our seats were way out in right field. But Jim Lonborg pitched a one-hitter that day, and we were there to observe it. We can thus vouch for this box score.
That said, we strongly recommend one part of the NewsHours Thursday night report (click here). This segment concerned Senator Kennedys involvement in a public school reading program.
For tape of Kwame Holmans report, see below. As he started, Holman described the way this senator was being remembered elsewhere in the capital:
Holman aired tape of an interview with Swann, an adorable, beautifully poised third-grade child. We strongly recommend that you feast your eyes on the good cheer of this lovely young scholar. You will see her describing the start of her friendship with Senator Kennedy. Dont miss her burbling laughter:
It was not until she returned home that first day that she learned who her new, special tutor was, Holman said:
Holman played tape of Swanns mother, Yumica Thompson, who had given her daughter some good sound advice:
But then, young Swann has a great personality too. Given what Holmans tape revealed of this third-graders ways, we would have to guess that the gains ran in two directions.
Just before his cancer diagnosis, Kennedy sent Larenai a birthday gift: a children's book written by the senator, with an inscription to her, Holman reported. We were struck by what Swann said in this Q-and-A:
How do we humans manage to do it? How do we move from the generous reactions of eight-year-old children to the crabbed outlooks we often display once we get a bit older?
Larenai Swann is an adorable child, who seems to be blessed with a wise, loving mother. That said, problems were lurking in Holmans reportproblems which must have been fairly obvious to any progressive or liberal.
To wit: Is it possible that there are tea-baggers, or even bigots, in this childs family? Someone who doesnt believe in same-sex marriage, for example? (In the modern liberal world, such people are often derided as bigots.) Surely, Kennedy would have checked such things before he established his friendship with Swann. Yet Holman said nothing about such a screening. This suggests the possibility that Kennedy didnt check before investing his time in this manner.
Alas! Its the obvious problem with all such programs, including universal health care! If health care is available to everyone, after all, it will be available to tea-baggers tooand to tea-baggers children! Is this a good use of public funds? Good public policy? Any true progressive would ask.
Holman ducked an obvious question this night. On the other hand, he aired tape of a beautifully-poised third-grader. Wed say that Swann is a tribute to her mother and grand-motherand to inner light.
To observe Larenai Swanns ways, just click here. Holmans report on this lovely child begins about 2:30 in. We recommend the photo of Kennedy and Swann, smiling out into the camera.
Monday: About some very strong score gains. (To read ahead, just click this.)
About that ball game: We can still see Julian Javiers low line drive down the left field linein the eighth inning, no less! We sat next to a decent young person who would later be widely reviled.