Comments from Ray and Mark, two of those who attended President Obama’s town hall meeting on health care today, August 11, 2009. Although they disagreed with the health care reform proposal, they said they thought Obama was honest and did a good job at the session.
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Mark J. Penn, Hillary Clinton’s chief strategist in the 2008 campaign and the author of Microtrends, spoke on April 25, 2009 at the Sheraton Commander Hotel in Cambridge before a lunch organized by The Harvard Crimson, the university’s daily newspaper, of which Penn is an alumnus.
This is a recording of his talk and the wide-ranging Q&A afterward.
My wife and I attended a “house party” organized by the Obama campaign, one of 4,000 such events held across the country this past weekend. Ours was held at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and featured an introductory talk by Marshall Ganz.
We’ve seen a lot of Barack Obama here in Colorado in recent weeks. But Sunday’s event was the biggest anywhere in the country so far — well over 100,000 people at Civic Center Park. This episode is a soundscape of the rally and ends with Darlene making yet another phone call in search of volunteers to help get out the vote in this crucial battleground state.
Barack Obama this week returned to Colorado for a speech at Mountain Range High School in Westminster. My wife and I arrived at the school at about 5 a.m., which put us in line for a seat upgrade at the last minute and a terrific view of the candidate. His arrival in the arena was delayed by late-breaking events in Washington, D.C., where the House of Representatives shocked everyone by defeating the financial bailout package.
This episode of m podcast comprises excerpts from Barack Obama’s speech September 16, 2008 at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. I was there with a friend of ours, Tish, from Wyoming, who had an exciting moment at the end of the event. Also included are reactions to the talk by some of those in attendance, including myself.
For an intelligent analysis of Obama’s economic philosophy, I recommend this piece published August 20, 2008 in the New York Times Magazine by David Leonhardt. Click here for an audio podcast interview with the author.
Music for my podcast is “Going to the Sun” composed and performed by Montana musicians Christine Dickinson, Janet Haarvig and Matthew Lyon, from their Glacier Journey CD.
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Albert Maruggi, my well-connected Republican Twitter friend who lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, has great insights into the convention going on in his hometown this week. Albert was a key GOP staffer when Dan Quayle was chosen as Bush I’s VP, so his memories are good preparation for tonight’s big speech by Gov. Sarah Palin. In this telephone interview today, he also tells why watching Palin is a NASCAR experience.
The music for my podcast is “Going to the Sun,” composed and performed by Montana musicians Christine Dickinson, Janet Haarvig and Matthew Lyon. It’s from their excellent Glacier Journey CD.
Interview on August 19, 2008 with Chris Lopez – .mp3 version.
Chris Lopez, communications director for the 2008 Denver Host Committee,
took time out of a VERY busy day today to preview what’s ahead in
Denver once the Democratic National Convention gets under way this
weekend. He seemed remarkably serene, and he was optimistic that the
convention’s protests will be peaceful and full of the good energy of
democracy. Me too!
UPDATE: I forgot to include the following links mentioned by Chris in the podcast:
Click here for information on Convention events at the Denver Convention Center in the mornings.