She had never mentioned his name in the 14 years I've known her, until now.
His name gets bandied about, with people comparing people they don't like with him.
She never has, because she grew up in the 1930s and 1940s in Germany and she experienced his rule first hand. For her, he is no media joke but reality.
And so I was startled last week when she all of a sudden said, "You know, Adolph destroyed the unions too. They don't mention that." You can tell this is real, because she uses his first name. Americans never do. In the last 50 years, she has never had a political poster in her yard, today she does. For her, it's that serious.