My Guy Barack Won The LA Debate
I worked the subway crowd on 14th and 8th. I realized only in the aftermath that it had been a GLBT event.
Sylvan threw a salsa party not far from the event the evening before at Plumm. I like the buffet dinner part, then watched people dance. After a few hours, I left. I was in a mood for a movie. I walked towards Union Square to catch a flick, but instead ended up buying one, a De Niro flick for $10.
Time: Thursday, January 31 at 6:00 PM
Host: Generation Obama
Location: The Grand (New York, NY)
41 East 58th Street
New York, NY 10018
That was the bomb. Jeremy's Generation Barack Obama threw a lavish debate watch party on the 58th, The Grand. He threw in some good news at the very beginning. We were now only three points behind in California, and we were running neck and neck in New York City. After South Carolina and the Kennedy endorsements, what do you expect?
The crowd was more than 700 strong. Met some interesting people.
Met a law professor at Brooklyn Law who I might be able to make use of for my startup. Met two EKU grads, Eastern Kentucky University. They threw a few Berea names at me. Do you know such and such? Met some other men and women. Met a guy who teaches and is also a screenwriter. A movie of his is about to hit the theaters. Big league stuff.
"You don't go to random bars," he said. "If you want to meet alert women, you come to these political events."
I think I spotted Lewis Cohen. He was with a stunning woman. Looks like the dude is going places. Once in a while Lewis Cohen will do the right thing, like show up for an Obama event.
Obama 2008 Is Working For Me
I met Anna Lewis at the event. She had a big Women For Obama sticker on her chest.
"Are you a mover shaker with Women for Obama?" I teased her.
"Yes, I am," she said.
I followed up with her a little later.
"In this town if this guy Jeremy knows you, that is like a status symbol," I said.
She said she was a movie producer. I said, put me in one of your movies for five seconds, you don't have to pay me.
"So you want to be an extra?"
"Well, that is not how I would put it. I don't have the time to be a movie star."
You can put me in as a terrorist, or something, I said.
"You want to be a terrorist?"
"No. I just thought that might be an easy role to get hold of."
She gave me her email address. Looks like I might end up in some movie. This Obama thing is so totally working out for me.
Jesse Jackson is a great American, but Barack is greater. Why is Bill Clinton trying to confuse people?
Bill Perkins is the next Mayor of New York City. Anthony Weiner is a good guy, but he should continue as Congressman. Jewish Governor, Black Mayor, brown friend to the Mayor, fair enough.
It is time to put a Democrat in that office. Bill will get a solid reaction in Harlem and Brooklyn. He needs to really start reaching out to the white crowds in the city. That is the Obama way. He has been the mascot for Obama 2008 in this city.
He is a well-educated man - Cornell grad - who could offer sound management, racially inclusive policies, and a meritocratic team.
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