Governor Pence Goes to Washington

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While Vice-President Elect Mike Pence is still the Governor of Indiana, he's spending most of his time here in DC working on the transition to the new administration.  Since the Bidens will be in the Vice-President's official residence until the inaugural, the Pence family has moved into a temporary rental.

The house is in Chevy Chase, an affluent DC neighborhood with pretty tree-lined streets with homes that are mostly brick center-hall colonials.  The Pence's reportedly moved into a 5-bedroom home they are renting for $6000 a month. 

And then the welcome started.  One of the neighbor's hung a rainbow flag  on the front porch, and now a bunch of houses on the block a sporting these symbols of the LGBT community expressing pride and marriage equality.  

And watching the news item about the flags tonight, Pence became human to me.  And while I don't support his stand on gay rights (among other things), I found myself empathizing with him and his family. He's about to take on a lot more than any previous vice-president has had to handle, and this isn't the best way to say, "Welcome to the neighborhood."

And then I wondered.  If he'd moved onto my block, would I have joined my neighbors with a similar ritual?  

I'll stop now. 

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Will Hamm
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Wow Patricia Kennedy, I figure it would cost more then $6000 rent for him in that area.  Make it a great day!

Dec 01, 2016 07:00 AM #3
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Will, that's a pretty hefty rent for a house in Chevy Chase.  And Secret Service protection is not included!  OK, wait.  There is Secret Service protection, but it's not part of the rent.  

Dec 01, 2016 09:48 AM #4
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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I think the comment left by Sally and David Hanson is pretty accurate!

Dec 01, 2016 05:08 PM #5
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Chris Ann Cleland
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 It's not exactly welcoming.  I would be ashamed to treat anyone I disagreed with that level of passive aggressive bullying.  

Dec 01, 2016 06:25 PM #6
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Patrica

Vice President Elect Mike Pence spent some equality time in Indiana today.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Dec 01, 2016 06:48 PM #7
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Myrl,  I agree.  Sally and David nailed it.  And still, I hope this isn't the new normal.  This is a neighborhood of affluent, highly educated people.  

Dec 01, 2016 06:51 PM #8
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Chris Ann,  what makes this unusual is that there is so much thuggery going around, and it's not usually they types who inhabit this neighborhood.  

Dec 01, 2016 06:52 PM #9
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Lou, hope he enjoyed himself among his people.

Dec 01, 2016 06:54 PM #10
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Normally I do not comment on political posts, we are all part of the problem... No one complained and fought against the previous president when the election was over. The loosing party chose to say Congratulations and it is time to move on and heal.. unlike in this election the loosing party is holding a grudge it is sad for all. What is even sadder that everyone buys into it... Endre

Dec 01, 2016 10:39 PM #11
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Endre, unfortunately, it appears that the winning side is also holding a grudge. Hey!  He won!  The first step will be to get over it with Saturday Night Live!

Dec 02, 2016 07:08 AM #12
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Patricia it is discussing how the losing side has conducted themselves since the election.  If Obama and Bidden had been treated this way the outcry would have been deafening.

Dec 02, 2016 05:13 PM #13
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George, unfortunately, Obama was treated that way - though not by his neighbors.  The Republicans in Congress got together to make a plan to ensure they would oppose anything Obama put forward - good, bad or indifferent.  And the result was gridlock.  

Dec 02, 2016 05:26 PM #14
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Patricia that is politics and I would expect the same from the Democrat House and Senate.  But the treatment Trump & Pence have received from colleges, actors, neighbors, Clinton campaign workers is unprecedented.  I have lived through many Democrat and Republican administrations and I have never seen the disrespect I am seeing today, not even close.  People who profess tolerance seem to be the most intolerant of all.

Dec 02, 2016 06:58 PM #15
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George, I think one reason I felt some empathy for Pence is that he isn't Trump. He seems removed from a lot of the craziness.  Trump has a lot of work to do if he wants to earn the respect of the American people - and if we are to empower him as our leader, something I think a lot of us would like to be able to do.  

Dec 02, 2016 07:23 PM #16
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I think that is a lack of respect for the position he was elected to fill. On the other hand I am sure he will handle it with poise and not make an ill remark about it and he will give their free speech plenty of latitude.

Dec 02, 2016 09:09 PM #17
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Debbie,  it has more to do with positions he's taken on marriage equality.  And my feeling was that whatever his position might be, this wasn't a very gracious way to welcome him (and his famiy) to the neighborhood.  

Dec 02, 2016 09:18 PM #18
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My friend thinks that Trump is much more friendly about things than pence is. I guess we shall see about this as well.

Dec 02, 2016 11:43 PM #19
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Considering his politics on the LBGT community I think a show of tolerance and acceptance is the American Way.

Dec 03, 2016 08:00 AM #20
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Laura,  Trump and Pence really compliment each other in a lot of ways.  Trump is the showman, while Pence is the "governor".  Trump is laid back about a lot of social issues that Pence might be a little rigid about.  Should be an interesting four years. 

Dec 03, 2016 09:24 AM #21
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Joe, and I guess these neighbors think that free expression is the American Way, although not the polite way! And I think that Pence has enough respect for the Constitution to understand that. 

Dec 03, 2016 09:26 AM #22
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