Hawaii ex-lawmaker serves Afghanistan stint
While other candidates for Congress have been wooing voters and donors, former Rep. Charles Djou of Hawaii has spent the past six months in Afghanistan where he was responsible for interrogating suspected Taliban fighters.
Congress is made up of numerous war veterans. But the Republican represents a rare instance in which a former lawmaker went from the partisan skirmishes on Capitol Hill to the real battlefront.
Mr. Djou is a major in the Army Reserve and recently returned to Hawaii from a stint that comes with obvious disadvantages and advantages. He could not engage in political activities, so he was out of the public eye for six months.
Former first ladies Laura Bush and Barbara Bush share a light moment with moderator Doris Kearns Goodwin (right) during a discussion Monday that was part of the conference “America’s First Ladies: An Enduring Vision” at SMU in Dallas.