Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Eleanor, We Need You Now

I went to NYC for lunch yesterday--drove there and back to attend the annual Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Committee Luncheon with Irene and Cindy Emmer of Chemung County. It was in the Hilton this year, having outgrown all the other venues in NY. ERLC gives money and training to NY women who want to run for office. This year, my pal Linda Adams of Caroline and our assemblywoman were the Tompkins County recipients. We heard from lots of people, notably Governor Paterson and Senator Clinton, who reiterated their themes from Denver with a far more serious mien, since these are suddenly even more serious times. Founder Judith Hope gave a downer of speech, pointing out that most of their luncheons follow disasters, whether it be 9/11, the invasion of Iraq, or the collapse of world finance. And several mentioned that the lady for whom the foundation is named helped guide America through the last great financial crisis, and maybe we could use her now.

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