Mr. Roger’s widow says that if still alive her husband would “have to” speak out against Donald Trump.

By | 2018-06-10T13:32:05+00:00 June 10th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

Perhaps it is simply the loss of Mr. Rogers that finds us where we are today.

Courtesy of ABC News:

Joanne Rogers, separately told “Nightline” her husband was a lifelong Republican, thinks the world could use some more “Mr. Rogers” these days.

“We have somebody leading us right now who is not a forgiver,” she said. “His values are very, very different from Fred’s values – almost completely opposite.

”Rogers said she could imagine her husband coming out and speaking up against political leaders with such distinctly different values than his.

“I think he might have to,” she said.

Mr. Rogers famously spoke to children about the assassination of JFK, the Vietnam War, and even 9-11. 

He did not shy away from controversy but instead used his unique talents to help young children understand complex problems and feelings that even grownups did not always understand completely. 

I am not sure exactly how Fred Rogers would approach the problem of Donald Trump, but I imagine it would be sensitive, polite, and ultimately helpful to us all. 

My favorite Mr. Rogers video is this mashup that I first posted way back in 2012.

That still brings a smile to my face. 

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4 Comments

  1. Anonymous June 10, 2018 at 4:35 am

    “A few right-wing cable-news voices are also heard taking shots at Mister Rogers’s belief in the specialness of everyone, which they take as wishy-washy, character-sapping progressivism rather than a straightforward gloss on basic Christian teaching. What such critics see as a license for solipsism was in truth a call to recognize and respect the dignity of others.”

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/06/movies/wont-you-be-my-neighbor-review-mister-rogers.html

    Leave it to the RWNJs disparage. I wish it was being shown in my area. I look forward to Tom Hanks’ depiction of him; he’ll no doubt knock it out of the park.

    • Anonymous June 10, 2018 at 6:20 am

      AddenduM: Just noticed “Mister Rogers’s.” Seriously, NYT, you need a better copy editor.

    • Meghan June 10, 2018 at 9:47 am

      It tells you all you need to know about a person if they don’t love Fred Rogers. He was the very best of us.

  2. anonymous June 10, 2018 at 8:39 am

    OT? “Mr. Kelly told visiting senators that the White House was “a miserable place to work,” according to a person with direct knowledge of the comment.

    The turnover, which is expected to become an exodus after the November elections, does not worry the president”

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/10/us/politics/trump-turnover.html

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