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April 05, 2007

The Kerrys in Seattle

John and Theresa Kerry were at TownHall Tuesday evening.  Senator Kerry was articulate and knowledgeable and pretty good at communicating a fierceness about the need for more rapid change.  He seemed more at ease with the 400 folks at TownHall than I recall him being on the campaign trail in 2004.  Makes you think there is something rather freeing in losing the presidency for these men like Gore and Kerry who had prepared much of their lives to be president and are now free of that compulsion.   

Theresa has a quality of creating intimacy that is profoundly unexpected in a public person.  She brings her own life stories and experiences into the conversation in such a manner than you think you are in the family room with her, having tea and chatting.  Her stories, of growing up in Mozambique and going around to bush families with her doctor father, are remarkable.

I liked the theme of the book they just wrote, "This Moment in Time," showcases ordinary Americans who've stood up to protect their land and community against polluters.  This is from an interview that Joel Connelly did with Kerry

"These people have fought to get the government to do what the government is supposed to do," John Kerry said Tuesday.

What does it say about Washington, D.C., when forces for urgently needed reform can be found in places such as the Yakima Valley and the Neuse River of North Carolina?

"It says our political culture is broken: It's sick," Kerry said in a Seattle visit. "The American people are leading on matters vital to the country. The capital is barely catching up."

I had planned on writing up what I heard them both say but a commenter over at DailyKos, beachmom, did quite a fine job of sharing what Senator Kerry, in particular, said, pulling from both David Postman at the Times and Joel Connelly at the PI

Posted by Lynn Allen on April 5, 2007 at 08:41 PM in National and International Politics | Permalink


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