Ilhan Omar is now a member of the Minnesota House of representatives, representing House District 60B.
None too many days ago, Donald Trump was telling the world how Somali immigration represented a threat to the State of Minnesota, and — by extension— to the entire United States.
The lasting success of the United States is the ability to nurture and integrate talent from around the world. Why, even the grandson of a Kallstadt draft-evader and barber’s apprentice can make it to the White House. We’ve just got to become used to it.
Cue the coda of The West Wing: Episode 4.01 — “20 Hours in America part 1″. Peter Lien, son of a Vietnamese refugee, has been elected to Congress.
BARTLET: Leo, meet Congressman Peter Lien, Texas 22nd. Peter, this is Leo McGarry, U.S. Air Force, 144th Fighter Wing.
LEO: Pleased to meet you, Congressman.
BARTLET: Peter’s family fishes in Galveston Bay, but they don’t catch marlin. It’s a sore spot, and he doesn’t like to talk about it. Peter’s 34 years old.
LEO: I’m sorry it’s been two months and we haven’t been able to get you up here until now.
LIEN: No, please. It’s a bust time. If there’s any help I can give you in Texas…
BARTLET: Ordinarily I would tell you that Jim Coor was a good public servant, and you’ve got big shoes to fill, and he was and you do, but obviously you have a bigger symbolic responsibilty then that.
LIEN: Yes, sir.
BARTLET: But you biggest responsibiltity isn’t symbolic, right?
LIEN: Yes, sir.
BARTLET: What is it?
LIEN: It’s my district, my country, and the Congress of the United States.
BARTLET: Welcome, my friend, to the show that never ends.
LIEN: Thank you, Mr. President.
Or, in real life, the real President lists the contributions made by Asian-Americans.
To cheer us up, there’s imminent mid-Terms on Tuesday, 6th November, 2018.