The Fine Print
Politics has always been a part of the Webb family.
Long before he was elected to the U.S. Senate, back when James Webb was 30, he went to visit his grandmother’s youngest sister in Kensett, Ark. He had recently graduated from law school, but his great aunt was not impressed.
In an interview with “The Fine Print,” Webb recalls the encounter: “She looked at me and said ‘you've been to law school, did they teach you how to lie yet?’”
A few months later, after he started working for a congressman, Webb went to see her again, “she said, ‘you'll sell out, they all sell out, when you prove to me that you won't sell out, I'll let you in my house.’ She met me in the front yard.”
This was the “Aunt Lena test.”
She wanted him to convince her that he was going to stay true to the values, roots and people with whom he grew up.
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