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