So many speakers, so little time…

I received an email earlier today asking me to choose who I wanted to see at the 2009 Presidential Inauguration besides the newly appointed President. I’ve been invited to attend several different seminars and panel discussions with some important names in News and Government. I figured, instead of leaving this decision on solely my shoulders, why not let my readers have input as well.


I’d love to hear what you all think and who you’d go see if you could. Below I’ve listed just some of the options along with brief descriptions of each option.


James Carville and Mary Matalin

These experienced political strategists discuss current events in a funny, irreverent style as they debate the best approach the new President should take in tackling our challenges.      


Press Panel

Top journalists who have covered the 2008 campaign share insights from the trail and take students behind the scenes based on their reporting.      


Tucker Carlson and Paul Begala

Well connected political analysts engage in vigorous debate on the range of public policy issues facing the new President.


The above are three of the main attraction options. I can only attend 2 of the three. Below are smaller discussion panels. I only have time to attend two.


Faith and Politics

Steve Waldman, founder of, the Web’s largest religion site, talks about the role faith played in the election and how people of faith will continue to influence politics on the right and left.      

Foreign Policy

Peter Beinart, writer and senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and other experts discuss foreign policy challenges facing the United States      

Social Entrepreneurship

Discussion on making a difference by taking action featuring: Max Schorr, founder of GOOD magazine; David Smith, Executive Director of the National Conference on Citizenship; and Scott Beale, founder of Atlas Service Corps.      

The Web and Politics

Top bloggers and web strategists like founder Mike Krempasky and others discuss how the blogosphere and web tools are revolutionizing political life and what trends might be next in this dynamic field.      

Public Service

Max Stier, President of the Partnership for Public Service, and George Selim, a Department of Homeland Security liaison to the Arab American community, share about the rewards and challenges of public service.



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8 responses to “So many speakers, so little time…

  1. Debbie Payne

    Carville/Matalin and the press panel

    social entrepreneurship and public service

  2. Justin Kozak

    If I were to miss one it would definitely be Tucker. C’mon, a bow tie? Hes not old enough to wear a bow tie and he comes off as an ass. He is better suited for TMZ then any legitimate news station. Watch him on Crossfire when he talks with Jon Stewart

  3. Matt Kozak

    I concur with the brother. Also, it would be seriously foolish to miss Carville and Matalin in action. MUST SEE.

  4. Matt Kozak

    Also, foreign policy would be my choice, of course, but these days it needs all the help it can get and public service would be my second.

  5. Justin Kozak

    For the discussion panels I think Faith and Politics would be an interesting lesson in word smithing. There is a stated separation of church and state in the constitution but religion might play the largest role in politics next to economic failure. It would be interesting to find out how, if possible, they cater to one group of voters while not alienating another group. But that is just fanciful curiosity on my part and faith and religion in politics is the one thing that, while not possible because of influential representatives, should be eliminated from the policy and rule-making process in this country. There is a long standing and erroneous (in my opinion) belief that an individuals moral compass and ability to do the right thing is dependent on religion.

  6. Justin Kozak

    Foreign Policy- How do we do it better?
    For starters, don’t have a jowly white man for our representative. I would definitely go to this one. Our shrinking world makes foreign policy all the more important. But the term “foreign policy” has developed a negative connotation. In a nuts and bolts analogy, what makes one good at foreign policy is the same thing that makes one a good neighbor.

  7. Justin Kozak

    Social Entrepreneurship and Public Service would be my other pick, but which one I’m not sure. Don’t know a whole lot about either but being a good influence and presence in the community and business world is something this country hasn’t done very well as of late (i.e. corporate greed). I also think that these two will be the most optimistic discussions because the change here comes on the individual level, which is where all change needs to begin.

  8. Justin Kozak

    I would avoid Web and Politics. You have a blog, you twitter, you are internet savvy. You know what it is capable of and you know how much it helped Obama win the election. I think this is more for people who are less well versed in the internet. Even though you and I see the internet as a mature technology there are still many people who consider it a new technology.

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