But what you can & should do is credit her. Maybe a SEAL wife who's been through, God willing, worst life will give her, can handle Trump.— Mary Katharine Ham (@mkhammer) March 1, 2017
Maybe a widow raising 3 children knows how important it is to keep his name & memory alive, & that this moment is bigger than Trump or you.— Mary Katharine Ham (@mkhammer) March 1, 2017
Maybe she thinks it might teach her children the strength & courage of their dad (& mom!) to watch her stand up tall even when it hurts.— Mary Katharine Ham (@mkhammer) March 1, 2017
Maybe, probably, very likely, she's a badass. You and your kids are in my prayers, Carryn. Do what you gotta do. Proverbs 31:25— Mary Katharine Ham (@mkhammer) March 1, 2017
She then appeared on CNN yesterday and again went to bat for Owens, defending her agency as a grown, grieving woman who made a conscious choice for herself and her family:
MKH followed up on this theme in a more extended segment on the topic later in the day, which I highly recommend watching in its entirety. At the very end of the segment, when she explained in a very personal way how one can put politics aside and appreciate a moment of humanity -- even if it involves a political figure with whom one strongly disagrees -- by citing President Obama's lovely tribute to her husband's memory. There is more to life than politics. The nitpickers who came after Carryn Owens, and the members of Congress who couldn't be bothered to stand for her lengthy ovation, could probably learn a thing or two from both Mary Katharine and Ms. Owens.