Through The Static

March 13, 2008

How a Blind Man Will Lead a State

Filed under: Politics,Rights — Tranimal @ 4:58 pm

NY Times:

Lt. Gov. David A. PatersonIn a few days, New York will have a new governor who also happens to be legally blind.

For people with sight, it’s hard to imagine how a person who is blind copes with day-to-day living, let alone the challenges of running a state. But over the years, in various interviews, Lt. Gov. David A. Paterson has given us glimpses into how he has managed his education and career in politics without sight.

The Wall Street Journal’s health blog notes that Mr. Paterson can read for brief stretches by holding a paper very close to his face. Mr. Paterson refused to learn Braille as a child and has never used a seeing-eye dog or a cane. The Times has reported that his impaired vision has helped make him a good listener. Aides brief him by leaving lengthy voice mail messages, and he memorizes his speeches.

All I can say is… a Black man AND he’s blind…. has now become the Governor of New York…. only when pigs fly… or when Black men can become Presidents.

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