Between the Texas plant explosion, the Boston bombing and chase, the defeat of anti-gun legislation, and the roll out of immigration reform it was a week like no other. In such a week one can only stand in awe of the non-politicians — the doctors, first-responders, FBI agents, local and state police, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and the entire city of Boston for remaining cool, calm and collected under unimaginable circumstances and reminding us that in one of the most diverse cities in America we can put away differences and squabbles when it matters.
The story that stood out for me was this, reported in the New York Times:
Jeff Bauman, the Boston Marathon spectator in a famous photograph, described the first suspect in the marathon bombings in great detail to FBI agents Tuesday night, his father, also named Jeff, said early Friday morning.
“He gave them a perfect description of everything — the hat, the glasses, the coat, everything,” Jeff Bauman, the father, said Friday by phone, as he watched the manhunt play out on television.
On Wednesday night, after the younger Jeff Bauman underwent a third surgery to fit his legs for prosthetics, he drew a picture of the suspect, his father said.
And there was the uncle of the suspects who became a new media favorite, saying what so many felt:
The uncle of the men, Ruslan Tsarni, who lives in Montgomery Village, Md., told reporters that he was ashamed of their actions, bitterly calling them “losers” and sternly denouncing the bombings. And he urged the surviving brother to turn himself into authorities.
“I say Dzhokhar, if you’re alive, turn yourself in and ask for forgiveness,” said Tsarni, who said his family had been estranged from the brothers’, and that the brothers’ father, who recently moved back to Russia, had worked “fixing cars” in America.
This was certainly not a week for pols. But it was a week in which ordinary citizens and those charged with protecting us did extraordinary things. Well done, Boston.