Reporter’s Notebook: Reflections of Capitol Hill stories for WBTV

Updated: Jan. 7, 2021 at 7:59 PM EST
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WBTV) - Greatly respected for its splendid pageantry, the sacred U.S. Capitol, where the people’s business has been carried out for more than two centuries, was boldly violated.

Considered as cathedral, and sanctuary, such an important structure is often valued as a safe haven.

However, the Washington D.C. landmark which is the place of laws being passed has been marred by blatant lawlessness.

Wednesday’s destruction can be viewed as a total aberration fueled by the anger of President Donald Trump’s frustration over the 2020 Presidential election results.

Protesters followed his lead by unleashing violent riotous venom at a government institution revered for its peaceful transitions of power.

Having covered two inaugurations, and a number of Washington final farewells, emotions connected to the environment of Capitol Hill are hard to shake.

Our cameras made it there when Billy Graham and Rosa Parks were among the distinguished Americans in repose at the U.S. Capitol, and captured the words and images of former Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx who faced senators on the hill as did North Carolina Congressman Mel Watt during their confirmation hearings.

We were also there in the Capitol after Charlotte native and professional golfer Charlie Sifford was being presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama at the White House Sifford was celebrated at the U.S. Capitol by South Carolina Congressman Jim Clyburn.

Such a cherished space of deep reflections, the question on the minds of many Americans is how to let the horrific images vanish from our memories and make the pain go away.

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