John was delighted Katie was getting along so well in school now. She'd suffered some separation anxiety at first—perfectly understandable considering what she'd been through—but now she looked forward to catching the school bus and riding off with her friends every morning.
She swallowed and said, "Well, he took his pencil and he..."
John heard the words "racist" and "genocide" and couldn't help glancing at the TV again. A very angry black congressman, his jowls trembling with rage, was letting the President of the United States have it with both barrels.
John knew him—or at least knew of him: Floyd Jessup.
D-NY flashed through his mind and he had to smile at the reflex...a natural response after you've been in Washington awhile.
No surprise about Jessup's reaction. The president had made his official announcement last night, and here was the congressman, not twelve hours later, venting his considerable spleen on Good Morning America. His staff hadn't wasted a second.
"...and to think that we supported this man, we helped put Thomas Winston into the White House! And what does he do? He drives a knife into the back of the already oppressed African-American community!"
John ripped his attention back to Katie and found that he'd missed what bad boy Jimmy Clifton had done. He tried to cover.
"Oh, wow. Did he get in trouble?"
"Yep!" Katie said with a quick nod and a satisfied smile that revealed a gap on top. She'd lost her first tooth just last week. Her upper right front incisor now belonged to the Tooth Fairy. "Had to go down the hall and see Sister Louise."
"Is that bad?"
Katie stared at him as if he had two heads. "She's the principal, Daddy."
"Oh, right. Sister Louise. Of course."
Despite the fact that he'd been raised a Baptist, John had opted to enroll Katie in a Catholic School—Holy Family Elementary in Bethesda. It had a great reputation and was considered one of the best primary schools inside the Beltway. Even had a waiting list. He'd had to pull a few strings to get Katie in.