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The moment I'll never forget was when one of Teddy's step-kids saw the crowd that had assembled. She was sobbing and trying to wave but couldn't seem to make it work. It seemed to me that she never expected that people could actually be appreciative to a public figure, let alone Teddy. She's old enough to know that he was vilified by the Right (especially the garbage on Free Republic, etc.), and that---oh, the horror---he was a human being with a history of human foibles.

Today was a great moment. Because for once, we didn't have to apologize for believing in the same things Teddy believed in. Usually we're cast by the Right as a lower form of American (or person) because we believe in fairness and justice for all people.

It felt good to air it out, and I want more of the same.