Hats Off to Senator Cory Booker

More than once in recent months, I have pondered who would make the best democratic candidate for president in the 2020 contest.  Elizabeth Warren?  Probably a bit too controversial, but certainly qualified.  John Lewis?  Sadly, too old, for he would be nearly 81 years of age when he took the oath of office, though he would otherwise be my first choice.  And then I keep coming back to Cory Booker.  I have a project list, and Senator Booker’s name is on it, but I just hadn’t gotten to him yet.  Today, something happened that raised him even higher in my esteem and I have bumped him up on the list.

At a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, claimed that she couldn’t remember what word Trump used to describe Haiti and African nations in an Oval Office meeting last week. Now, we all know that the word was ‘shithole’, as Trump even bragged about it … before he denied it, that is.  And the bottom line is that it doesn’t matter the exact word, for the thought, the intent, remains the same.  But for a person sitting in that meeting to come out and say they don’t remember … says a lot about the character, or lack thereof, of that person.  Cory Booker has had enough.  Cory Booker courageously gave a nearly  nine-minute speech, a forceful and honest talk.  Here are some excerpts …

“I sit here right now because when good white people in this country heard bigotry or hatred, they stood up. What went on in the White House, what went on in the Oval Office, is profoundly disturbing to me.

I’ve been in the Oval Office many times and when the commander in chief speaks, I listen. I don’t have amnesia on conversations in the Oval Office going back months and months and months.

Why am I seething with anger? We have this incredible nation where we’ve been taught it doesn’t matter where you’re from, it doesn’t matter your color, your race, your religion, it’s about the content of your character. It’s about your values and your ideas. And yet we have language that from Dick Durbin to Lindsay Graham — they seem to have a much better recollection of what went on. You’re under oath.”

At this point, you can see that Booker was fighting back tears …

“You and others in that room that suddenly cannot remember. It was Martin Luther King that said, ‘There’s nothing in this world that’s more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.’ And so, here we are in the United States of America. And we have a history that is beautiful and grand, and also ugly — where from this nation to others, we know what happens when people sit by and are bystanders and say nothing,

Our greatest heroes in this country, spoke out about people who have convenient amnesia or who are bystanders.

This idea that the commander in chief of this country could with broad brushes talk about certain nations and thus cast a shadow over the millions of American who are from those communities — and that you could even say in your testimony that Norwegians were [preferred] by him because they were ‘so hard working….

Your silence and amnesia are complicity. When Dick Durbin called me, I had tears of rage when I heard about his experience in that meeting, and for you not to feel that hurt and that pain and to dismiss some of the questions of my colleagues, saying, ‘I’ve already answered that line of questions,’ when tens of millions of Americans are hurting right now because they’re worried about what happened in the White House… that’s unacceptable to me.”

I would have stood up, had I been in that room, and given Mr. Cory Booker a standing ovation.  Kirstjen Nielsen, meanwhile, sat looking smug and arrogant throughout Senator Booker’s impassioned speech.  And for the record, claiming, under oath, not to remember something, when you do in fact remember is considered perjury.

I think you will find this video worth the 9 minutes of your time … I did.

On Monday we observed Martin Luther King Day, and I mentioned more than a few times in comments here on my blog, and in personal conversations that I wish we had someone like him today.  Is it possible we may have just that person in Cory Booker?

BookerFor those of you unfamiliar with Mr. Booker, a few facts.  Cory Booker will be 49 years old in April, and is a Senator from New Jersey who has been in office since 2013. Prior to that, he was the mayor of Newark, New Jersey, for seven years. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in Sociology, both from Stanford University, and earned a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University. After returning from Oxford, he earned a J.D. from Yale Law School.  His ideology is considered to be fiscally conservative while socially progressive.

I will write more about Booker in coming weeks, but suffice it to say that I see him as a man who carries the courage of his convictions, who is well-spoken, intelligent, and has humanitarian values.  No matter what comes next, his impromptu speech at the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday will always stick in my mind.  I applaud this man.

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Note to Readers:  Good People Doing Good Things will return next Wednesday.  Apparently I am taking an unplanned break from “good” this week!

37 thoughts on “Hats Off to Senator Cory Booker

  1. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    ‘Your silence and amnesia are complicity. … Kirstjen Nielsen, meanwhile, sat looking smug and arrogant throughout Senator Booker’s impassioned speech. And for the record, claiming, under oath, not to remember something, when you do in fact remember is considered perjury.’
    My heart took a tumble and I wondered … Am I seeing right? Some push back from a Democrat? That was beyond classy … more of this badly needed!!

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  2. Yes…Corey Booker’s days as Mayor of Newark NJ

    What wonderful memories we have about those days

    NJ my home State where I was born and raised

    Corey Booker…as we know him in NJ…is one of the most corrupt people in NJ

    Hell…Booker makes the Mob look like Boy Scouts

    While Booker was Mayor of Newark NJ he and his merry band of thieves looted the City of Newark

    Which has become known as

    Watershed gate

    Look it up if you dare!

    The real offense here is not in a word and whether someone said it or not

    After all President Obama called Libya a shit show (but I have a feeling you have lost your memory on that one)

    The real offense is that Haiti is a shithole

    Because Bill and Hillary Clinton left it in that way after the Clinton’s pillaged billions of dollars meant for Haiti’s relief from the 2010 earthquake

    Leaked emails have substantiate the claim

    The Clinton’s through their Clinton Foundation were to build

    500 houses in Haiti

    Do you know how many were actually built

    Zero

    The Clinton’s were to also build schools in Haiti with the billions of dollars donated to the Clinton Foundation for Haiti relief

    Do you know how many schools were actually built

    Zero

    The people in Haiti still live in shacks without the very basic needs in life like

    Electric
    Running water
    Flushing toilet

    Now Corey Booker you can shed a tear!

    Even the President of Haiti has spoken out about this matter in hopes of retrieving the money back from the Clinton’s as they live in the lap of luxury

    As for the other Mr. Booker…

    You know…the one NJ knows

    Corey Booker’s dirty deeds go deep and far in NJ (even with his chicken wing business) and I do not remember him shedding a tear over leaving the people of Newark NJ in a “shithole” after Booker and his buddies looted the City of Newark

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      • Hmmmm. That should have “NOT” fake news, but I hit the wrong button when I went to correct my mistake.
        Sorry, but so far it seems nobody else knows these things but you, and if you identify with the name you have chosen for yourself, yup, it’s probably all bells and mirrors. Hocuspocus, you are out of focus.

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            • That would certainly change matters. But along those lines I have a question about his “impromptu” but decidedly impassioned speech at the hearings. I watched the speech on YouTube, and he seemed to have a lot of “cheat notes” that he continually referred to as he spoke. Was this speech truly impromptu? I asked myself that question several times as I watched that video. I mean, it doesn’t take anything away from what he said, I’m certainly glad someone said it. It was not a written speech either. But was it as “spur of the moment” as he made it appear to be? Politicians? Can they be trusted, even when we think they are doing good?
              Please keep us posted on hocuspocus13’s comments. I would love to know how much of that is true, and why no one else seems to be broadcasting it? Meanwhile, looking at her blog, she seems to be a very scary lady in some ways. I will be commenting on a post of hers very soon. I had to think long and hard on what I wanted to say before I said anything at all…

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              • Yes, I will be doing a post about Cory Booker once I have had a chance to dig deeper into her allegations. Some of what she said has some basis in truth, but I believe she blew it far out of proportion. Her blog is, indeed, off-putting, to say the least, which gives me cause to question.

                As re his notes, I thought the same … I kept seeing his eyes darting down to the table, and I wondered if it wasn’t quite as impromptu as I first thought. Still, it was a good speech and I’m glad he made it.

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    • I am doing some research on the situations you mention, for I was not aware of the details of his tenure as mayor of Newark. You seem to have formed an opinion of me as a close-minded writer who only sees one side. Nothing could be further from the truth, though I am always on the side of compassion and humanitarianism. But I try to be fair, and frankly, I call ’em like I see ’em.

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  3. Dear Jill,

    Senator Cory Booker did us proud yesterday. Someone needs to yell that the emperor has no clothes.Now that the president’s doctor stated that he has no cognitive issues there is no excuse for his evil. The liars in that 1/11 meeting with the president are exposed for what they are, unprincipled cowardly weenies, supporting a racist.

    Senator Kamela Harris also nailed Secretary Nielsen. During the confirmation promise Sen. Harris had revived a promise by the secretary to issue to ICE agents a directive not to target DACA dreamers. The secretary had to admit that she had not done so.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • Indeed, I applaud both Booker and Harris. And I had forgotten, but Booker was also the only one to testify against Jeff Sessions during his confirmation hearings. That said, I am also finding some things not-so-noble things about him that I will need to look into. Sigh. Hugs!!!

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  4. I had never heard of him until know, but from what I read here, I like him, I really do!! Well, about time for some positive characters to show up in this circus! We have had enough of the horror clowns now.

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    • I agree! I had heard of him, for he was the only senator, I believe in history, to testify against another member of the senate. It was racist Jeff Sessions, who was awaiting confirmation by the senate to become Attorney General, and Booker stood up and testified against him. People were appalled, for that simply is not done, but I was proud of him.

      However, unfortunately my research this evening is also showing me another side of Booker that is not so admirable, so I may not be able to endorse him in this blog after all. I’ll have to do some thinking on it. Sigh. Never simple, is it?

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