Monday, April 07, 2008

Democratic Spring Banquet

I was invited to cover the annual spring Democratic banquet over the weekend. The two Presidential candidates weren't there, but they had their representatives. For Obama, it was the one and only Jay Paterno. For those who don't know that name, he's the world-famous Penn State head football coach's Joe Paterno's son. Jay is the quarterback coach for Penn State. It was interesting to hear him talk and he was happy to sign my program. He didn't really tell much about what Obama is going to do for the country, but I learned a lot about being a football coach from a family of rabid Republicans.

For Hillary, it was US representative from Arkansas Marion Berry. He was very eloquent and spoke with a real down-home attitude. He explained that he didn't want to have his grandchildren ask him why he didn't do anything when he had the chance to change the way the country is going. (I have to agree big time there). He has known the Clintons for decades and said there is no way Hillary is going after our guns. That's one thing all the fear-mongers keep telling. I'm sure you've all heard it. It's against the Second Amendment and she won't even try. He also knows Obama and McCain. Of McCain, he said, "He means no harm to anyone, but he has absolutely no business in th Oval Office, but for a very short visit." Berry also was happy to sign his fact sheet.

There were several candidates for the 5th Congressional District. The current incumbent is retiring. The only one I had a chance to talk to is Rick Vilello. He's the current Mayor of Lock Haven and seems to be very sincere. I still haven't decided who to vote for though.

I was able to add a few new pins to my political pin collection - one for Hillary, one for Vilello and two different Obama ones.

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Blogger Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

Interesting to hear about a political meeting without the stars.

As a Canadian I will never understand the american interpretation of the second admendment. This issue is certainly a defining difference between our cultures. I have read it and it does not say every person can and should have a gun. The idea that one could actually score political points by declaring they will not go after peoples guns when their are real issues of war, torture, usurption of the constitution my the President, loss of civil liberties, the surveillence society, etc, etc, etc.

8:15 AM  
Blogger Sparkling Red said...

Canadian #2 commenting now... what are the odds? I recently heard it said that Canada has two major spectator sports: hockey, and American politics. ;-)

2:19 PM  

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