Skip to comments.FRED IS FANTASTIC! (After-action report McLean, VA)
Posted on 09/27/2007 12:33:01 PM PDT by RobFromGa
The Thompson fund-raising event was at the private residence of William & Christine Barr. Mr. Barr was Attorney General under Bush 41 and their home is wonderfully full of mementos like photos with the Pope, Pres. Reagan, and a host of other notables.
We got there promptly at 6pm and they valet parked our car, and we went inside where we met our hosts, the Barrs, and talked to them as people arrived. They are warm, wonderful and normal people.
At about 6:20 there were about 125-150 of us in their "library" and there was a buzz in the room that FRED was in the building. We spotted that familiar tall man through a few rooms out in the entry area making his way back. He worked his way through three rooms stopping briefly to chat and shake hands with people in these rooms. At about 630, he worked his way into the library, and I got to talk with him for a few seconds and shake his hand.
I told Fred that I was all the way from Atlanta as a friend from Georgia, and that I felt we would have no trouble delivering Georgia to him. He was warm, and friendly and energetic and very much alive and engaged in the whole event.
After about thirty minutes of meeting and greeting, Fred moved to the front of the library and at this point they introduced Jeri (his beautiful wife) and his 4 year old girl. The baby was at home. Then Fred gave about a 35 minute talk where he expounded on his reasons for running, his theme of SECURITY- PROSPERITY- and UNITY, and then he ended with an optimistic tone about what he thought could be accomplished with a THOMPSON presidency.
Then he took questions from the audience (about 6 questions in all). They ranged from Iraq, to Iran, to economic growth, to how to communicate best with the American people and get around the media filter. It was candid, honest and refreshing. And not once did Fred seem to be at a loss for words.
The entire time he came across as totally in command of his message and he was able to plainly deliver that message which I believe is going to resonate with the American people.
During the Q&A he referenced his good friend "Sen. Allen" there in the back, and there he was smiling and happy to be in good company.
At the end, we got a chance to get a quick picture with Sen. Allen and then with Fred, and I got him to sign a quick thing for me. And then we talked to a few more people, and left at about 815 to go grab some BBQ for a late dinner.
I flew home at 630am this morning and it was a day I will always remember.
Here are some pictures...
Jeri putting her name tag on
Jeri attending to their child (not shown)
RobFromGa with Sen. Allen
Fred smiling at us
RobFromGa and Fred
RobFromGa and Fred 2
A good one of Fred!
Fred looking right at us
Fred in front answering questions
Fred and Jeri
I met Fred last night. He is going to connect with the people.
Good report. Thanks.
I’m glad to see Fred has started to color his hair just a bit.
That’s wonderful! Thanks for the story/pics! FRED IN ‘08!!!
By the way, no way Hillary beats Fred in a debate.
“Jeri will make a better First Lady than Bill Clinton!”
Rob, thanks for the report. FYI: It is McLean [vice McClean] I live in McLean.
Thanks, I knew that, just typed too fast. I have asked the mods to fix the title please!
Was that last one taken when Dick Morris entered the room? :)
Notice the similarities with the Churchill picture in the background?
I have a question and the basis for it comes from media reports, so consider the source. Is Fred’s delivery “quick”? I saw Mrs. Clinton’s performance last night, and while I cringe at what she said, she has developed a formidable debating style.
I want to see Fred squash her like a bug on a windshield. Doable? (In your opinion, of course.)
Thanks so much.
Great pics, RobFromGa. Thanks for posting it.
Thanks for the pics and your support of our candidate.
“Notice the similarities with the Churchill picture in the background?”
Very much so.
Great report. I am jealous. I would like to meet the next President of the United States.
I would say not say he is quick, but he is fairly direct. He doesn’t use a lot of empty rhetoric and say a lot of things that sound high and mighty but aren’t.
He has a clear direct style. I think that he will still tighten up the message further and he will get better at honing the message through repeated delivery.
Since last night was a fundraiser with supporters it was more candid than the normal stump speech. He is genuinely excited to be in the race, and he feels that he has a purpose to achieve by running. He will make a great President.
And I think that he will be able to handle Hillary just fine.
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