Lara Logan is not only the Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent for CBS News and correspondent for 60 Minutes, she is also a wife and mother who lives here in Washington. While Ms. Logan was recently covering the Egyptian Revolution she and her crew were detained by the Egyptian army in Cairo on allegations that they were actually acting in a different capacity. Later Ms. Logan was covering the celebrations taking place in Tahirir Square following the resignation of Hosni Mubarak when she was brutally assaulted.
AWashingtonWoman would like to take a moment to recognize the sacrifice that she has had to make in an effort to keep us informed. We have the utmost respect for her professional commitment and though we know it is a small gesture for a tremendous and horrific experience we want to acknowledge her courage and it be known that time will heal.In the meantime she is in our thoughts and prayers.
We want to point out that many different people make up the great city of Washington, D.C. They make huge contributions and sacrifices that many only read about in books or go to movies to witness. But these are real people with real lives. They have families, conflicts and struggles just like people all over the country.
Frequently, "the problems of Washington" are discussed by talking heads, politicians and other politicos for their own self serving purpose. Many times the image they try to cast on this city is more a reflection of the acrimony and negativity they bring with them both in their hearts and their minds eye, as they are the ones prepared to do whatever is necessary to achieve thier own personal goals. Well, the next time that politician uses Washington as an example of what goes wrong with this country, perhaps it would serve everyone well to actually take a look at who and what actually hails from this city. There are more common everyday people that they seek to marginalize and villify also. These are the people whose ancestors litterally built and designed the walls of the Capitol and the streets they drive upon to get where they are going. Perhaps that too is a metaphor. Bottom Line: whether you were born here like myself or have been brought here for education or work like Ms. Logan (who by the way is originally from South Africa), we don't deserve to be used to elevate other's sense of purpose.
People like Lara Logan are here in numbers larger than anywhere else in the country. AWashingtonWoman will continue to elevate their images because they are the "real" women of Washington. By the way, she is also married and lives in a house, so perhaps she could be considered to be a REAL housewife of D.C. (And by the way, the men of this city are equally admirable, AWashingtonWoman is simply devoted to the task of shining the light on the women of the city)
Helping To Put Things In Context: Something You Should Know About D.C.
Everyone knows Washington, D.C. for being the nation's capital where decisions are made that affect the country itself and impacts the world at large. But between the time that politicians and special interest groups like to use the city as the reason for all that ails America, it has a more intimate side. This is the side that one could think of as the "local" aspect of the city. I think if people understood what really exists within the boundaries of this diamond shaped (minus a complete side) metropolis, their perspectives may be altered considerably. As AWashingtonWoman will continue to focus on some of the wonderful women who make up the fabric of the DMV (a term used for the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and includes: the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia), we will also strive to give you a little of the backstory, as objectively as we can. So it's been a year since this all began and without really trying, this blog has exceeded what our expectations were. So we are thinking that with a little love and a lot of integrity, we can share some real true insight which can be entertaining as well as informative. Who knows?.... Maybe it will even be ..... helpful.