Thank goodness I was there.
Thank goodness this country produces heroes like me.
I sprang into action. Walking more than a dozen yards without concern about the parking-lot traffic, heedless of the SUVs barreling along at 5 perhaps even 10 MPH â€” not even caring about what my fellow Americans might make of me giving aid and comfort to a Muslim woman. I knew that this womanâ€™s faith in the American way of life was on the line! And I was going to do what was necessary! I grabbed that shopping cart and I pushed it through all the fear and bigotry this country has smothered that poor woman with. I pushed that shopping cart back to that womanâ€™s minivan not so much so she could more easily unload her Cocoa Puffs, but because I have a dream. I have a dream that one day little Muslim boys and little Jewish boys, little Arab girls and little Scots-Irish girls will be able to join hands as sisters and brothers and push that great shopping cart we call â€œAmericaâ€ together â€” with their one free hand.
I don’t use the word “hero” lightly, but I am the greatest hero in American history. Except, maybe, for Al Gore.