|Sent on:||Wednesday, June 19, 2013 7:12 AM|
COP on the Hill
Stories from the weeks of June 7 & 14, 2013
Sheriff. You have a minute? Almost late for my next appointment, a staffer with four interns in tow called out to me. Remembering my name is nearly impossible, so in such a moment they use either sheriff or cowboy.
The staffer wanted these four college students to meet me. The staffer’s 20 second bio of me included riding my horse across America and representing the police who did not want to waste time on marijuana. With the clock ticking I answered a question or two and zoomed off.
Mr. New York. How are you? Leaving a presentation, I spotted Congressman Charlie Rangel walking to the elevator. I greeted him and thanked him for his co-sponsorship of the marijuana repeal bill from last session. I left him at the elevator and kept going. Etiquette allows me to ‘walk’ with a Member of Congress to the door or the elevator and then the chat is over.
Es un placer a conocerle, Señor embajador: I missed a Grover Norquist meeting to attend a seminar at a think tank American Enterprise Institute (www.aei.org). The Mexican ambassador spoke and answered questions the first hour.
Arriving early and sitting in the front, I was able to ask the first question. When the event ended, I was able to meet the ambassador and have a one minute chat in Spanish. In diplomatic speak he said he and his country do understand that it is American drug prohibition causing the massive violence and suffering. (not the use of drugs)
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