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Marchers on Obama

Thursday, January 22, 2009 2:38 PM Comments (0)

Post-inauguration tidying up today on the Mall in Washington, D.C.

Register Executive Editor Tom Hoopes is blogging live from today’s March for Life in Washington, D.C.

As pro-life marchers fill the Mall, clean-up continues for that other event here this week — the inauguration of Barack Obama.

It made me wonder: What do today’s marchers think of Tuesday’s crowd?

I was surprised at the good will I found.

I spoke with Gary Sarnoff of Arlington, Va. He was wearing Sarah Palin buttons and passing out flyers promoting “teamsarah.org.” What did he think of the inauguration?

“It was a wonderful turnout, I think,” Sarnoff said. “It was good that people came out to support the new president.”

As I walked away from Gary, the loudspeaker was announcing, “Let’s pray for our enemies. Pray for those who don’t understand what this is about … Today is a day of prayer, a day of witness.”

I next spoke with Marie Denlea from Stroudsburg, Pa. She said she’s going to pray for Obama.

Said Denlea, “My plan is to write a letter to Michelle, because I am sure when she found out she was pregnant she told Barack, ‘We’re having a baby!’ Not, ‘There’s an embryo in my womb.’”

Last, I spoke with Rachel Funk of Michigan State University.

I was drawn to talk with her because she had a lip ring and a nose ring. Rachel has been on the road since yesterday traveling, and she described the hassles she had to go through in order to get here to participate in the March.

She said of the inauguration, “I got to watch part of it on T.V. Obama was inspiring. I like a lot of what he has to say about service. We can pray that he will take the next step, and become pro-life.”

— Tom Hoopes

 

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About Guest Blogger/Tom Hoopes

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Tom Hoopes is Vice President of College Relations and writer in residence at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. He has written for the Register for more than 20 years and was its executive editor for 10. His writing has appeared in First Things’ First Thoughts, National Review Online, Crisis, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside Catholic and Columbia. He has served as press secretary for the Chairman of the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee. He and his wife, April, were editorial co-directors of Faith & Family magazine for 5 years. They have nine children.