We recently lost one of our country’s beloved matriarchs. Barbara Bush was both a First Lady and a First Mother extraordinaire. She weathered good times and bad with an unflappable spirit and a finely honed sense of humor.
As we consider her legacy, let’s pause to reflect on these words she shared in her much-admired commencement address to the Wellesley College graduating class of 1990…
So, let's ask ourselves...
What's been happening inside our houses lately?
Have we been having thoughtful conversations?
Have we been listening to one another?
Have we been looking for ways to meet in the middle?
We have the power to reshape our national conversations.
We can revive the art of respectful discourse...
and thoughtful compromise.
And we can do all of this in a spirit of warmth and goodwill.
In a 2014 interview, Barbara Bush spoke about the close friendship she and her husband had developed with Bill Clinton in the years after leaving the White House. She said, "I love Bill Clinton...maybe not his politics, but I love Bill Clinton."
This presidential friendship is an important reminder that we can enjoy each other as people without agreeing with one another on every issue politically.
And we can work together to bring positive change to our nation.
Let's bring that message home.
-The Purple Living Room Team
"Meet in the Middle" is a Purple Living Room campaign encouraging people from across the political spectrum to meet together each week in order to find common ground. Each middle of the week (WEDNESDAY!) we'll post an update on Purple Living Room Project activities. Share YOUR progress on our Facebook group page or in the comments here. Our goal?