Wabash Blogs Immersion 2008: Washington D.C.

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A Solemn Moment

Michael Hotz '08 - Monday morning started with a trip to Senator Tom Harkin's (D-Iowa) office. Jenelle Krishnamoorthy, legislative assistant for health issues, gave us a behind-the-scenes look at the legislative process. A few minutes into the presentation revealed the difference in congressional staff structure. For example, Senator Harkin clearly has focused in on healthcare policy and has hired PHD's and MDs to tackle these issues.
          After the meeting, Professor Vasquez and I jumped onto the Metro system to go to Arlington National Cemetery. A few memories about this hollowed place deserve mentioning: the long lines of tomb stones; the hard wood trees; Lee's house on the hilltop; and the changing of the guard. For those who have not visited Arlington, the tomb of the unknown soldier is guarded by the 3rd Division 23rd ceremonial regimen. Every half hour, the guard is replaced in a process that demonstrates the precision of military drill squads. In the end, the trip to Arlington was a once in a lifetime experience.

First Picture:  Jenelle Krishnamoorthy explaining how Senator Harkin's office pushes its policy priorities.

Second Picture:  Our group visiting Arlington Cemetery.