Ever wonder what goes on just outside of the Impeachment Inquiry being held by the House Intelligence Committee? Marie Yovanovitch, the former American ambassador to Ukraine, was testifying the day I walked past the Longworth House Office Building to check it out for myself.
You have to get there early to secure one of the limited seats reserved for the public. Since it was afternoon, I went to observe what the public was doing outside. The Inquiry location is in the room that is usually the site of the House Ways and Means Committee. It’s literally right across the street from the Capitol on Independence Ave.
Steps lead up to arches and a doorway of Longworth. You could count the protestors on one hand. There were only two police officers who did not mind if I walked up the steps of Longworth, just outside the doors and windows of the hearing room. My Washington contact that day said that the Capitol is kind of similar to a low-level military base. It is heavily guarded, yet We the People maintain access.
I wanted to take a photo of the police officers but was advised not to do so. Of course, I wanted to talk to the protestors but was likewise advised the same. The reason? “Protestors can get emotionally “heated” in an instant.”
Rather than the newsy event I was hoping to report, I’m posting what I saw, which was an apparent lack of interest. Maybe because this was on a beautiful fall Friday afternoon. Could be. However, anyone who listens to or watches the news expects to see two sides protesting each other and a unit of law enforcement.
Are Americans “over it?”