“We have lost our ambition, our imagination, and our willingness to do the things that built the Golden Gate Bridge,” President Obama said at a fundraiser in San Francisco on Tuesday.
Last Sunday evening I received an amber alert message from the Hanover County, VA Sheriff’s office, about an 8 year old autistic child that had gone missing at a nearby Civil War battlefield.
6.000 volunteers from all across the state rallied to form search parties in coordination with the Hanover Sheriff’s office. There were so many volunteers that they had to turn some away only because they couldn’t support them.
I went out on Wednesday and this was some grueling territory, with lots of elevation changes, downed trees of all sizes, bulldozed piles of stumps, creeks to ford. Frankly, it was brutal, but men and women, young and old of all races forged on through this treacherous terrain.
It was announced this afternoon that the youngster was found alive, 5 days later.
So, this president may think he knows about the ambition of the American people and considering the kinds of people he associates himself with, I understand why he has this impression.
But he couldn’t be more wrong and the thousands of volunteers that helped to produce this successful outcome are a testament to who the real American people are.
Congratulations to the Hanover Sheriff’s office and all of the other emergency personnel, the military and all of the volunteers.