President Barack Obama brought his vision for Virginia’s middle class to Green Run High School in Virginia Beach earlier today. It was the first of stops, with my old high school, Phoebus, in Hampton being the second. A third stop was planned for Roanoke.
Some 1,400 people crowded the gym, with another 700 in an overflow room, according to the fire marshal.
Accompanying the president was Senator Mark Warner, who delighted in introducing Senate candidate Tim Kaine as the next junior Senator from Virginia. I have videos of all three speeches and will post them once I get a chance to.
But before the event started, I was introduced by Chesapeake Del. Lionell Spruill, Sr. to New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney. Maloney grew up in Virginia Beach, graduated from high school here, and still has family in the area. Her sister managed to get tickets to the event. Spotting her in the crowd, Spruill brought her into the reserved area, which happened to be just in front of the press area.
I asked Rep. Maloney, who represents NY’s 14th Congressional District, to share her thoughts, and she was gracious enough to do so.
After the president’s speech, I sought out conservative radio show host (and former Daily Press editorial page editor) John Fredericks, who was sitting the press section, although I saw him standing the entire time the president was speaking. Having been on John’s show a number of times, I was curious as to his take on the speech.
The president may not have convinced John to vote for him today – John was a Newt supporter – but don’t count him out just yet. There will be plenty more opportunities between now and Election Day to convince him to ;)