I had the privilege today of listening to a speech given by Lee Hamilton, Co-chairman of the 911 Commission. It was completely by chance, I wasn’t planning on attending the lecture at all. Here’s how it came about:
I’m sitting there in Marketing today. Our professor is finishing up with one PowerPoint presentation starting another and the software, just like any good Microsoft software, decides to crash. He says “That’s ok, Lee Hamilton of the 911 commission is speaking in the Union, somewhere in ten minutes. I want to go see him, so read about placement and we’ll discuss it on Monday.”
“Kickass” was my first reaction, and then I thought “Lee Hamilton, that’ll be an interesting speech.” So I went to the union right to the Wittenberg Auditorium, the only room in the union to hold an event of that size, and barely made it into the lecture.
Anyway, enough about how I got there, time for my perception of the speech.
After listening to him for an hour and a half, I can’t tell you which way he is going to vote in this next election. He’s an intelligent individual with a great talent for public speaking; exactly what you would expect from a former congressman.
The speech outlined some of what the commission accomplished as well as some of the proposals placed forth in the 911 report. Interestingly enough, the 911 report has made its way to a national bestseller, right up there with Harry Potter.
But I digress. I’m not going to summarize what he spoke about; instead I will relate the subject to the debate that happened this evening. It was the first debate that I saw live and frankly I wasn’t impressed with Dubbs at all. First of all, I couldn’t stand to look at his crooked face for more than 20 seconds at a time. His mouth sags to the left, and his left eye is higher on his face than his right.
But that’s not the point.
The point is that after listening to both Kerry and Bush talk about the “War on Terrorism”; I have decided that my vote is going to go for the individual who is going to at least consider the recommendations made by the 911 Commission. That individual is John Kerry.
I don’t have enough space here to discuss why Kerry is going to follow the report and Bush isn’t, so if you want to talk to me more about it, hook up with me offline.
That’s all for now.
The End-of-the-Blog Rundown
Song of the Day – Headlights – Dispatch
Quote of the Day – “I was giving a speech and mentioned that I voted 16,000 times while in the Congress. One of my constituents called me that day and said that retirement was the only decision that he agreed with.” –Lee Hamilton, on his retirement from politics.
Hero of the Day – Professor Kitsmiller for letting us out of Marketing to listen to Lee Hamilton.
Current Mood – – Relaxed for the first time in a couple weeks… and it’s AWESOME!
Until the next post…