Senator John Edwards
“Fighting for One America” in Onawa, Iowa
August 13, 2007
Were I to try and summarize what it’s like living in Iowa during the height of presidential candidates’ visits, this particular slideshow — of John and Elizabeth Edwards’ stop at Dan’s Pizza in Onawa, IA, on August 13, 2007 — captures the very essence of what it’s all about…
… the set-up, the anticipation, the arrival and greeting of candidates, the media, the heat and hope, the existence of something greater than ourselves when we unite as a whole, and the people who make it all come together. It’s an experience many will remember all their lives.
I extend my heartfelt thanks to Field Organizer Kyle Warneck and all the other John Edwards campaign staff for their exceptional efforts in organizing this event, to Phil Morrow and my sister Kysa for all the great photos, to Dan’s Pizza for hosting the event, and of course to John and Elizabeth Edwards for their commitment to making a difference in all our worlds.
* Note: Click any image for larger slideshow with photo descriptions.
Hardball’s Chris Matthews in Onawa, IA
October 14, 2004
On October 14, 2004, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and Sen. John Edwards visited Onawa, IA, where Edwards would meet with Monona County activists and where Matthews would interview Edwards and then tape an episode for his renowned cable TV program, Hardball with Chris Matthews.
As county chair for Sen. John Kerry’s presidential bid, I was asked — along with a few family members — to provide somewhat of a casual backdrop behind Matthews’ traveling anchor table, and then, later, Dennis and I joined Matthews and two others at the well-reputed desk where we played ‘Hardball’ with the candid host. (Okay, so the questions weren’t really that hard, but it was invigorating just the same.)
Above is a short clip from that episode. It has been a while now since I tried to extract more than just a few minutes from the recorded DVD a friend kindly sent me, but I will try again soon. Dennis and the others “did” have something to say.
P.S. In the beginning, what may look like a “smirk” is in no way my being smug; it’s actually what nervousness looks like. I’m fairly certain I inherited that trait from my mother. In fact, I know I did. :-)