Three weeks into his Presidency, President Obama went to Elkhart, Indiana, to make a point for the TV cameras. To do it, he took questions from an audience made up of whoever wanted to come see the President. After eight years with a President who would only face crowds of pre-screened loyalists asking vetted, positive questions, the new guy faced a first-come-first-served crowd in a city that voted against him 55-45.
My favorite moment was when an Elkhart resident named Tara Nisley screwed up all of her courage, stood up to the microphone and asked an impolite question of the most powerful man in the world.
"You've come to our county and asked us to trust
you, but those that you have appointed to your Cabinet are not
trustworthy and can't handle their own budget and taxes," she said.
"I made a mistake," Obama said.
There are moments when I love this country so much I could just bust, and this is one of them. Just regular folks taking the President to task on what's important to them, not to the pundits or the pollsters or the strategists in Washington. And the President has to take it, because that's the way this country works.
And Tara Nisley is my new hero.