Sen. Hank Sanders

Number 1533 - October 26 2016



            She was prepared.  I saw it in her cream colored pant suit.  She was prepared.  I saw it in her steps as she marched out on the stage.  She was prepared.  I saw it in how she smiled and waved.  She was prepared.  I saw it in her handshake with the moderator.  She was prepared, and it manifested itself in so many ways.

            When we were growing up over sixty some years ago, we had a term that said so much.  This moment reflected the sum of that statement.  I saw it in her entire being.  She was, as we used to say, “cool, calm and collected.”  She was prepared.

            Sometimes you can feel when someone is prepared.  We can feel it because they feel it.  We could feel she was prepared because she felt it so deeply within her very being. We could feel it because it was now a part of her being.  She was prepared.

            There is something about the right clothes for the right moment.  It’s true of men and women.  However, it oftentimes emanates more strongly from women.  And of course, we look more closely at women’s clothing.  The cream colored pant suit was simple.  But it was also sufficiently dressy.  The cream colored pant suit matched her mood and matched the moment.  She was prepared.

            From the opening moment, her voice was natural but controlled.  It was modulated but strong.  It projected but flowed.  And there was just the right amount of feeling in the voice and her words.  She was prepared.

            She was in control of her words.  She was in control of her body language.  She was in control of her spirit.  She was in control of her rhythm, which synchronized with her mood.  Her hands do not always flow with her body or her words.  But on this night the hands were in rhythm with her speech, her body, her mood, her spirit.  She was prepared.

            She was in control of her ideas.  She said that her opponent had said that she had been in public service for 30 years without accomplishing anything.  She seized the moment:  “Back in the 1970s, I worked for the Children’s Defense Fund.  I was taking on discrimination against African American kids in school.  He was getting sued by the Justice Department for racial discrimination in his apartment buildings.  In the 1980s, I was working to reform the schools in Arkansas.  He was borrowing $14 million from his father to start his businesses.  In the 1990s, I went to Beijing and said women’s rights are human rights and human rights are women’s rights.  He insulted a former Miss Universe, Alicia Machado, calling her an eating machine.  On the day I was in the Situation Room monitoring the raid that helped bring bin Laden to justice, you were hosting the Celebrity Apprentice.” 

            Sometimes being in control of ourselves is great but not enough.  Sometimes we have to be in control of the moment and those in the moment.  She was in control of the moment.  She was in control of her opponent inhabiting that moment.  She jabbed him vocally to get him out of control.  She said, “He’d (Putin) rather have a puppet as President of the United States.”  Her opponent tried to stop her from talking but could not.  Out of frustration, he said, “Such a nasty woman!”  He should not have said that.  He had lost his self-control.  She was prepared.

            In an earlier debate, she said that her opponent had criticized her for preparing for the debate.  Her response was, “Yes, I did prepare.  And there is something else I prepared for.  I prepared to be President!”  She was prepared.

            Sometimes we cannot take every issue head on.  Sometimes we have to deflect the issue to control the moment.  When the WikiLeaks emails came up, she challenged her opponent to condemn Russian leader, Vladimir Putin, for hacking emails in the United States and trying to influence U.S. elections.  She said that seventeen intelligence agencies had determined that it was the Russians, but he refused to admit the Russian government was involved.  He became so defensive he did not pursue the email controversy.  She knew each trigger point.  And she pushed these points again and again.  And he reacted as predicted time and time again.  She was prepared.

            At the end of the debate, the moderator stated that the debate opponents could have one minute each to make a closing argument.  It was not a part of the plan so it was a surprise.  She had to go first.  Yet, she was so good in that one minute.  She was prepared. 

            The next night at the famous Annual Al Smith Dinner, she was prepared.  One of her many jokes was about preparedness.  She said she was flattered that her opponent thought that she had taken performance-enhancing drugs during the debate.  Then she said, “I did have performance enhancers, it’s called preparation.”  The “she” of which I speak is Hillary Clinton, the most attacked person in the United States of America over the last two years.  It is amazing that under these circumstances she could be so cool, so calm, so collected.  She was prepared.

            Now on to the Daily Diary.

            Saturday, October 15, 2016 – I walked, traveled to Tuskegee to speak at the funeral of Dr. Velma Blackwell, traveled to Prattville and back to Selma for a 90th Birthday Celebration.  Among those I communicated were the following:  Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford; former Tuskegee Mayor Omar Neal; Family and Friends of Dr. Velma Blackwell; Elvira Coleman Harrell, Faya Rose Toure, Josephine Coleman Curtis and Mary Coleman of Selma; Sharon Wheeler of Montgomery; and Charles Sanders of Bibb County.

            Sunday – I did Radio Sunday School with Dr. Margaret Hardy and Radio Education with Perry County School Superintendent John Heard, III.  I handled many matters and worked into the night.  Among others, I communicated with the following:  former State Senator Lowell Barron; Jill Johnson of DeKalb County; and Amadi Sanders of Selma.

            Monday – I walked, read Sketches on Faya’s Fire Radio Program, handled various matters, traveled to Greene County, returned to Selma and worked into the night.  Among others, I communicated with the following:  Greene County School Superintendent Dr. James Carter; Gloria Pompey, Dan Tompkins, Louretta Wimberly, Brenda Miles, Lorraine Capers, Khadijah Ishaq, Betty Boynton, Tearra Wright and Jasmine Walker of Selma; Ollion Wright of Texas; Montgomery County Circuit Judge Greg Griffin; and Greene County School Board members Leo Branch, Dr. Carol P. Zippert, William Morgan and Carrie Dancy.

            Tuesday – I handled many matters and worked into the night.  Among others, I communicated with the following:  Montgomery Businessman Frank Jenkins; Ola Morrow of Maplesville; Selma Businessman William “Noopie” Cosby; Mary McGhee of Talladega; Dorothy Hulett and Tomeka Robinson of Lowndes County; Grady Paris of Texas; Edwin Ellis, Sam Walker, Lola Sewell, Karen Jackson, Veronica Williams and Mercedes Scott of Selma; Jeffrey Jones of Mobile; Hayneville Mayor David Daniels; Selma Businessman Matt Sams; and Lowndes County Administrator Jackie Thomas.  

            Wednesday – I walked, handled many matters, did Radio Law Lessons, chaired a meeting, worked into the night and watched the Presidential Debate.  Among others, I communicated with the following:  Lena Watford of Hale County on her birthday; Ginger Avery Buckner of the Alabama Association for Justice on her birthday; Kindaka Sanders of Houston, TX; Michele Alexandre of Oxford, MS; Sharon Calhoun of Montgomery; and Douglas “Peter” Sanders of Atlanta on his birthday.

            Thursday – I handled many matters, participated in two conference calls, attended a Goodbye Celebration for a Bridge Crossing Jubilee stalwart and worked into the night.  Among others, I communicated with the following:  Kathy Viet of Atlanta; Latia Parker, Annie Pearl Avery, Queen Tate and Major Madison of Selma; Josh Hayes of Tuscaloosa; Greg Foster of Birmingham; Cathy Givhan of the Alabama Association of Justice; and Karen Jones of Montgomery.

            Friday – I walked, read Sketches on Faya’s Fire, handled many matters, discussed issues over lunch with Wallace Community College Selma (WCCS) President Dr. James Mitchell, held a leadership meeting with Malika Fortier (our topic was “Embarrassment and Leadership”) and discussed higher education issues over dinner.  Among others, I communicated with the following:  Greene County Commissioner Lester Brown; Marion Town Councilman Willie Jackson; Faya Rose Toure of Selma; Felecia Pettway of Wilcox County; Sam Sanders of Georgia; Dan Tompkins and K. C. Bailey of Selma; Audrey Horne of Georgia; Lowndes County Administrator Jackie Thomas; and Amadi Sanders and Ainka Jackson of Selma.

            EPILOGUE – What we feel on the inside will manifest itself on the outside unless we camouflage it.  There was no effort to camouflage the feeling of preparedness she felt on the inside.  And we perceived it in full.