A passel of white people lined up this morning at the Monticello Visitor's center for tickets to the mountaintop's Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony.
It was like being in Vermont, white people everywhere.
I confess, I immensely enjoy the July 4 naturalization ceremony. The new citizens are given a chance to speak. They usually speak about why they value America, why they are choosing America.
Alas, President George W. Bush is coming to the Mountain July 4. Security concerns throw a wrench in the works. The coolest day of the year at Monticello is thus transformed, made formal, a day of lines and limited freedom.
I hope the new Americans say nice things. I'd attend if I could.