All small towns throw a party on the fourth of July, and Wolfeboro is no exception. It begins with a parade down Main Street and ends with fireworks over Wolfeboro Bay. This year had a new twist, though, when it was rumored that a local resident was to be in the parade.
We’d been hearing for days that Mitt Romney was in residence at his waterfront home, and that security was high on the lake. Yesterday it was confirmed that he would indeed be part of the parade, and anticipation seemed high this morning as residents – both year-round and summer – congregated on Main Street. Romney has been part of the Wolfeboro parade in the past, but never as a presidential candidate.
Talk here lately is what, if anything, would happen to the town if he were to become president. Would Wolfeboro be the next Kennebunkport, and if so, is that a good thing? Both sides have valid arguments. As the Boston Globe put it today, “it is unlikely that a sitting president could buy Boar’s Head Ovengold Turkey Breast down at Hunter’s Market – as Romney is wont to do, according to one former deli worker – without causing a major stir.” Would a Summer White House bring more prosperity to the town, or just higher property taxes? Time will tell.
So, to get on with the celebration, there are certain requirements for a proper Independence Day:
– Sunshine, heat and humidity (and sunburn)? Check.
– Eating something for dinner off a grill? Check.
– Wearing red, white and blue? Check.
– Shaking hands with the man who might possibly be the next president of the United States? Check.
Regardless of your political views, it was fun to meet a public figure in this kind of setting. I also shook hands with our state senator, Kelly Ayotte. Both seemed personable and genuine. I think everyone had a good time today, possibly even the Secret Service. While I am not a fan of all the aspects of a small town, this IS one of the benefits: accessibility. Here, Mitt Romney is just one of the guys in the checkout line at Hunter’s Market.
Happy Fourth of July!