Sunday, May 02, 2010


I have seen some interesting things written and heard some interesting things reported about President Obama's conversation with Trish Viniard, sister of State Senator John Sullivan and eminent Quincy educator.  Most of them are suppositions or, at best, poor contractions.

I was literally standing between Trish and the President when she spoke.  She told him him her brother was John Sullivan and that John was there.  She told him in some detail how hard John had worked for him.  He interrupted her and said something to the effect that "You don't have to tell me how much he's done for me...he's one of my best friends!"  Then the President simply said "I didn't see him".  At this point I interjected that, yes, John was in the building.  The President said something pleasant to Trish and moved on but his expression changed.  He went about three groups down the rope line and then threw his now-famous U-turn, scattering photographers and staffers, trotted back up to the microphone and tossed out some love for Senator Sullivan.

At no time did Trish say anything like "You forgot to mention/introduce my brother."  She didn't say anything that one shouldn't say to an honored guest or to the President of the United States.  She gave him information and he, after a little reflection, decided to act upon it. 


At 4:44 PM, May 02, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How similar do you think Sullivan's ideology is to Obama's? Why would a guy who puts himself out as a conservative democrat work so hard to get a man so far left of center elected? Seems he was bucking for a promotion. Many have been calling Sullivan a rising star now for years. That star is fading quickly.

At 6:06 PM, May 02, 2010, Blogger TOOKIE said...

So the Whig misquoted .......... NO F***in way

Cue eye roll

*eye roll

At 6:38 PM, May 02, 2010, Blogger UMRBlog said...


I'm not real sure what that has to do with this topic but I can tell you from personal experience, when John Sullivan is your friend, he's your friend. He's that rare find: a "sticker".

I'll let you figure out whether that makes him a rising star or not. When it comes to friendship, he's all man. Maybe it's that simple.



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