Thomas Jefferson Interpreter
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MARCH 30, 2003 · Bill Barker is a character interpreter at Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. Every day, he goes to work in knee breaches and buckled shoes and "plays" -- or in the language of the living history museum "interprets" -- Thomas Jefferson. As a Founding Father, Barker has heard all kinds of questions from the public, but he says that recently the tone of the questions has changed... that the war in Iraq hangs in the air. Last week, Barker got a question he'd never heard before. This is his War Diary.
How do you answer this, how would Mr. Jefferson answer this, because Jefferson was someone who said he abhorred war and he viewed it as the greatest scourge of mankind. And here's a little girl looking at me innocently with perhaps a member of her family going to war and I was speechless as to how to answer her and yet realized... a founding father must certainly attend to these questions as you should all and I said, "Dear, just know that we are with those who go to war and hope that they will not forget us for we certainly don't forget them and hope that they will return to us as soon as possible."
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