You know what would really be fun? Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Maxine Waters at dinner together. Sarah, you’ll recall, is the White House Press Secretary, and thus charged with explaining many Administration policies to the waiting public via the journalists who cover President Trump. Maxine is a long-time Congresswoman from California who abhors every scintilla of The Donald’s 37.2 trillion body cells.

Ms. Waters starts and ends many of her public speeches with the words, “Impeach 45! Impeach 45!” The Representative from south-central Los Angeles was first elected in 1990, and has served ever since then. A Democrat, she is the most senior of the 12 black women now in Congress, and a member of the Congressional Black Caucus. And did I mention she doesn’t particularly care for Donald Trump?

Sarah Sanders got into politics early, stumping for her dad, former Arkansas Governor and presidential candidate, Mike Huckabee. She’s been involved in Republican campaigns throughout her adult life, and signed on to Trump’s 2016 staff in a communications capacity after her father dropped out. Originally named White House deputy Press Secretary, for almost a year now she has been the lead spokesperson for the President.

Sarah and friends were dining at a local Washington D.C. area eatery recently when the owner of the restaurant told her to leave because she didn’t approve of Sarah’s boss. Maxine thought that was quite noble of the proprietor. As reported by many news outlets, a short time later the Congresswoman called on her supporters to step up that sort of activity by publicly confronting and harassing members of the Trump administration.

In the spirit of cooperation so widely hailed, yet seldom acted upon in our nation’s capital, wouldn’t it be nice if the two ladies sat down and broke bread together? Call it a 4thof July armistice. As a matter of fact, that might be a good day to grab a table. Maybe get a hot dog and a cold beverage. They don’t have to tell anybody where they’re going to dine. But I do think the conversation would be lively. It might even go something like this:

SARAH: Hello, Congresswoman.

MAXINE: Impeach 45! Impeach 45!

SARAH: Hey, hey, hey. We agreed to keep this civil, remember? Besides, it’s just us. No cameras around.

MAXINE: You sure?

SARAH: I’m sure.

MAXINE. Okay. Then call me Maxine.

SARAH: Rest assured, if the newsies were here, I might be suggesting Congress censure you and force you to resign.

MAXINE: Resign? Why should I resign?

SARAH: Maxine, you told everybody to confront and harass people in the Administration. You think that’s a wise idea? Somebody could really get hurt.

MAXINE: I didn’t tell anybody to assault anyone.

SARAH: Uh-huh. And I suppose you can trust that all those people you addressed will simply say, “Excuse me, didn’t want to interrupt your salad, but I just wanted to mention that I disagree with everything you stand for?”

MAXINE: It could happen. Besides, Trump doesn’t belong in office.

SARAH: That’s a matter of opinion, Maxine. Millions of people and the Constitution say otherwise.

MAXINE: Yeah, yeah. So what am I supposed to do? My constituents like what I say.

SARAH: Would they like it if you were told to leave a restaurant?

MAXINE: Oh, we’d have some real problems then. Lester Maddox died a long time ago.

SARAH: Nobody’s going to tell you where you can or can’t eat, are they?

MAXINE: You got that right.

SARAH: Equal rights for all.

MAXINE: You’re preaching to the choir.

SARAH: Maxine, I’m in the choir too.

MAXINE: Hmmm. I see what you’re saying. You ought to be able to eat where you want to as well.

SARAH: That’d be nice.

MAXINE: I can see that.

SARAH: I knew that would be the case.

MAXINE: That doesn’t mean I have to like anything about Donald Trump, you know.

SARAH: Never said it did. As a matter of fact, it might be a little dull around the White House if you didn’t speak up every now and then. Keeps us on our toes.

MAXINE: I can keep doing that.

SARAH: Look, we’re celebrating the 4thof July. We’re eating hot dogs, there’s a baseball game on the bar TV, shoot, I think we should even get some apple pie.

MAXINE: I could go for a piece of pie.

SARAH: Happy Independence Day, Maxine.

MAXINE: Back at ya, Sarah. Nobody’s kicking either of us out of this place.

Relish the 4th, everybody. Enjoy your freedom of expression. It makes life interesting and our country strong. Just use it wisely.


©MMXVIII. William J. Lewis, III  Atlanta Freelance Writer