This morning, the Truman Project sponsored a breakfast with a panel moderated by Joe Klein, with panelists Madeleine Albright, Tammy Duckworth, and Michele Flournoy. The Truman Project is a non-profit concerned with the politics of national security. They work with candidates and corporations that dovetail with their positions. The breakfast itself was paid for by Lockheed Martin.
I was sitting a table waiting for everything to start, and a man asked if he could join me. He was a delegate, and it turned out, he wasn't a delegate-delegate, rather a super delegate and member of the DNC. He wanted to explain to me the difference, but I told him I honestly had a clear idea.
Interesting notes from the panel: Madeleine Albright canvassed in Loudin County, VA for Obama in 2004. Yup, door to door.
When the Truman staff was making introductions, and playing up the role of youth in politics, one of the emcees remarked that Claudia Kennedy, sitting in the audience and the Army's first Lt. General was of an older generation. But still welcome. She told him to drop and give her 20, which he did.
Tammy Duckworth pointed out that there are, today, two children of Civil War veterans who are still receiving Veterans benefits. Turns out their fathers were both Little Drummer Boys in the Civil War, and both had kids in their 80's. Both recipients are over 100. "President Obama is honoring President Lincoln's promises."
Everything else discussed was serious and related to the reintegration of vets into American society, business and college. I'll get a post up that later as I'm running late for my next event.