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The State House #5 – The House of Representatives

Posted in Travel, USA by Dennis Wright on November 7, 2008

This is our final port of call in the Massachusetts State House tour, the House of Representatives. It is  home to the Sacred Cod, the aquatic beast which prompted the Senate to enlist the services of a brass mackerel just to even things up. Note that the cod has, since 1974, been the “offishal” state fish.

The House reminds me of a very posh schoolroom. Don’t the desks look rather like old style schooldesks? I wonder if there are any lady representatives who get their tresses dipped in inkwells by gentlemen representatives behind them.

And here is the aforementioned scale-adorned aquatic creature itself:

Another grainy picture, after my camera had a further metering mindstorm.

I included it all the same because of the plaque on the rostrum. I hadn’t read it while I was physically there, and neither can you without reference to the full resolution image, but the title reads:

“JOHN F. KENNEDY SPOKE FROM THIS ROSTRUM TO THE MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL COURT ON JANUARY 9 1961”

The rest of the plaque contains key extracts from the speech JFK gave on that day. I found a transcript of the whole address (and audio recording) here.

Kennedy was then President-elect, just as the US now has President-elect Obama, as of earlier this week.  Maybe he’ll find time to visit Boston and try to improve on JFK’s address.  He stands a far better chance than his predecessor.

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