On Saturday, Adrian Silva, a sophomore at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln decided it was too chilly to walk home from his job at the Sheldon Art Center, so he requested an Uber. He couldn’t help but notice the photo beside the driver’s name, Benjamin, looked a lot like Republican Senator Ben Sasse.
Sure enough, when the GMC Acadia pulled up, the Senator opened the driver’s side door to greet Silva.
As he drove the student home, Silva asked if they could talk politics – a disappointed Hillary Clinton supporter, he wanted to know if Sen. Sasse maintained his notorious #NeverTrump stance. He emphasized in his response that he would obviously have to work with President-Elect Donald Trump.
Silva noted he was impressed with his answer, and got out of the car with an appreciation of how he and other senators handle working with the president – regardless of who it is – as it’s a big part of their job.
Sen. Sasse’s service as an Uber driver for charity was a part of one of his work tours – the Sasse team elaborated:
Senator Sasse does tons of Nebraska work events — from changing tires on semi-trucks to feeding cattle at 5am. This work tour was built around the changing and disintermediated economy, a subject he talks about frequently. The Senator doesn’t receive a dollar for these work opportunities and doesn’t want to.
In addition to achieving a five star rating and getting some quality time with Nebraskans, Sen. Sasse learned some valuable things during his Uber adventure –
If you throw up in an uber, the surcharge can be substantial
Upside: It's a market incentive to get drivers to agree to Sat.pm work
— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) November 14, 2016
I have a feeling if the Senator had picked up a college student in the wee hours of Saturday morning, the student’s reaction may have been a little different – either overly ecstatic or horrified, depending on the circumstance.
The bottom line is Sen. Sasse is exemplifying the meaning of public service – something that gets lost in the shuffle nowadays. What a positive way to end such an emotional week in politics.