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We knew last Friday was coming, but even so it was still hard to believe it was actually happening when it finally got here. And what a day it turned out to be. Certainly it was the most exciting few hours we’ve had yet in our (relatively) new offices.
There was Robert Kennedy, Jr. standing in the Seventh Generation lunchroom amidst a gaggle of Vermont politicos, Seventh Generation staff members, media people and more to support Peter Welch, who is running for the House seat Bernie Sanders will vacate as he moves to fill Jim Jeffords’
open seat in the Senate.
There was a time Bobby was committed to staying out of partisan politics. But Bush 2 is more than he can bear. Even with a raspy voice caused by spasmodic dysphonia, a disorder that makes speech difficult and causes the voice to sound quavery and strangled, the haunting classic Kennedy dialect still is ever present. As more than 150 people overflowed the room and spilled out into the hallway, he tore into the present Bush administration and held nothing back. Bobby is a speaker unlike any I have heard in a long time. His combination of facts, passion, and eloquent narrative is completely mesmerizing. The room was dead silent, captured entirely by his words.
In his most recent book Crimes Against Nature, he writes “George W. Bush will go down in history as America's worst environmental president. In a ferocious three-year attack, the Bush administration has initiated more than 200 major rollbacks of America's environmental laws, weakening the protection of our country's air, water, public lands and wildlife.”
His stories move effortlessly from Washington DC to the wilderness where he finds that “no father today can fish today with his children, that most archetypal of experiences, and safely be able to eat the fresh water fish they catch.” Three of his sons have asthma, but he notes that they are luckier than their African-American peers who suffer from an asthma rate of 25%. Check out his organization the Waterkeeper Alliance or his blog at The Huffington Post.