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FRED IS FANTASTIC! (After-action report McLean, VA)
self | Sept 27, 2007 | RobFromGa

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...

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Fred Speaking

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Jeri putting her name tag on

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Jeri attending to their child (not shown)

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RobFromGa with Sen. Allen

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Fred smiling at us

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RobFromGa and Fred

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RobFromGa and Fred 2

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A good one of Fred!

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Fred looking right at us

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Fred in front answering questions

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Fred and Jeri

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Virginia; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: aar; fairfaxcounty; fredthompson; mclean; virginia
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Fred was great in person!
1 posted on 09/27/2007 12:33:06 PM PDT by RobFromGa
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To: Politicalmom; jellybean; xcamel

I met Fred last night. He is going to connect with the people.


2 posted on 09/27/2007 12:36:45 PM PDT by RobFromGa (It's the Spending, Stupid! (not the method of collection))
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To: RobFromGa; Politicalmom

ping


3 posted on 09/27/2007 12:36:47 PM PDT by TheThirdRuffian
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To: RobFromGa

Good report. Thanks.

I’m glad to see Fred has started to color his hair just a bit.


4 posted on 09/27/2007 12:37:17 PM PDT by airborne (Proud to be a conservative! Proud to support Duncan Hunter for President!)
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To: RobFromGa; Jim Robinson; holdonnow
I look at those photos of Fred and I can't help but think he looks like a President. Hopefully the GOP will have the wisdom to select him, setting aside more fashionable choices.
5 posted on 09/27/2007 12:37:20 PM PDT by Petronski (Congratulations Tribe! AL Central Champs)
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To: RobFromGa

That’s wonderful! Thanks for the story/pics! FRED IN ‘08!!!

By the way, no way Hillary beats Fred in a debate.


6 posted on 09/27/2007 12:37:42 PM PDT by Slapshot68
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To: airborne
I’m glad to see Fred has started to color his hair just a bit.

Huh?

7 posted on 09/27/2007 12:38:24 PM PDT by Petronski (Congratulations Tribe! AL Central Champs)
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To: RobFromGa
Fred was great in person!

He's got my vote. I just hope that's Jeri's lipstick on his cheek! :-D
8 posted on 09/27/2007 12:39:26 PM PDT by Filo (Darwin was right!)
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To: RobFromGa

“Jeri will make a better First Lady than Bill Clinton!”


9 posted on 09/27/2007 12:39:29 PM PDT by Philistone (Your existence as a non-believer offends the Prophet(MPBUH).)
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To: RobFromGa

Rob, thanks for the report. FYI: It is McLean [vice McClean] I live in McLean.


10 posted on 09/27/2007 12:40:33 PM PDT by kabar
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To: kabar

Thanks, I knew that, just typed too fast. I have asked the mods to fix the title please!


11 posted on 09/27/2007 12:42:48 PM PDT by RobFromGa (It's the Spending, Stupid! (not the method of collection))
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To: RobFromGa

Was that last one taken when Dick Morris entered the room? :)


12 posted on 09/27/2007 12:42:53 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (John Cox 2008: Because Duncan Hunter just isn't obscure enough for me!)
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To: RobFromGa

Notice the similarities with the Churchill picture in the background?


13 posted on 09/27/2007 12:44:03 PM PDT by SolidWood
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To: RobFromGa
Sounds like I missed a great evening. Darn!

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.

14 posted on 09/27/2007 12:45:00 PM PDT by Right_in_Virginia
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To: RobFromGa

Great pics, RobFromGa. Thanks for posting it.

Fred08!


15 posted on 09/27/2007 12:45:19 PM PDT by Reagan Man (FUHGETTABOUTIT Rudy....... Conservatives don't vote for liberals!)
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To: RobFromGa

Thanks for the pics and your support of our candidate.


16 posted on 09/27/2007 12:45:22 PM PDT by Route66 (America's Main Street - - - President Fred D. Thompson /"The Constitution means what is says.")
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To: RobFromGa
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.

OK, these are what interest me in your report... can you give us a general description of his views about Iraq ( leave or stay ?), Iran (how to deal with the terror supporting Mullahs), economic growth ( any word on social security ?) ?
17 posted on 09/27/2007 12:46:18 PM PDT by SirLinksalot
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To: SolidWood

“Notice the similarities with the Churchill picture in the background?”

Very much so.


18 posted on 09/27/2007 12:47:08 PM PDT by TheThirdRuffian
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To: RobFromGa

Great report. I am jealous. I would like to meet the next President of the United States.


19 posted on 09/27/2007 12:47:28 PM PDT by Always Right
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To: Right_in_Virginia

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.


20 posted on 09/27/2007 12:48:59 PM PDT by RobFromGa (It's the Spending, Stupid! (not the method of collection))
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To: RobFromGa

What a wonderful collection of photos, it was nice to see Allen in there too.


21 posted on 09/27/2007 12:50:11 PM PDT by ansel12 (Proud father of a 10th Mountain veteran. Proud son of a WWII vet. Proud brother of vets.)
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To: Petronski

Look at pictures from about 9 months or so ago. His hair was white.

In these photos, he has a little more color in the gray.

It looks good! He’s not that old, but the pure white hair made him look older.


22 posted on 09/27/2007 12:50:17 PM PDT by airborne (Proud to be a conservative! Proud to support Duncan Hunter for President!)
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To: RobFromGa

Good news, indeed!

Thanks.


23 posted on 09/27/2007 12:50:33 PM PDT by Right_in_Virginia
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To: RobFromGa

Impossible, he is slow witted and almost dead since dying from cancer due to his liberal stances.

It must have been an illusion created by your Fred worship. Next you’ll try and convince us that he is ahead in some national poll and Dick Morris wasn’t right about him all along...


24 posted on 09/27/2007 12:50:55 PM PDT by ejonesie22 (I don't use a sarcasm tag, it kills the effect...)
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To: RobFromGa

Nice photos. It’s remarkable how good Fred looks in these real photos compared to the MSM-selected photos showing him with lighting and an expression that makes him look like a prune (not to mention their apparent photoshop oversharpening of his wrinkles.)


25 posted on 09/27/2007 12:57:47 PM PDT by Atlas Sneezed ("We do have tough gun laws in Massachusetts; I support them, I won't chip away at them" -Mitt Romney)
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To: ejonesie22

Give him a break! He's been mostly dead all day!

26 posted on 09/27/2007 1:00:11 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (John Cox 2008: Because Duncan Hunter just isn't obscure enough for me!)
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To: SirLinksalot

Don’t consider these as Fred’s words since they are my paraphrase.

Iraq- we are there to win, only victory is acceptable, the Iraq and Afghan battles are just the current front in the War on Terror. Iraq has enabled us to keep Iran from tuling the region, and that alone is a worthy reason for doing it and staying till it is done.

Iran- the American people need to know what we are up against, and just how long of a view that Radical Islam has, and how they do not value life or short-term things like we do. they are willing to sacrifice millions for the greater good in the long run and we need to understand that.

Prosperity- He did mention the entitlement ticking clock and how we need to have an honest discussion about it, this also tied into his unity theme. We cannot continue to evade answering these hard questions. He said he felt that our economy was solid now in spite of all that has happened and that it was unfortunate that so many think that it is bad because of what they read and see. He underatnds the importance of strong economic growth and lower taxation.

One thing that he said that just came to me: he said that he was going to talk about all these big issues in the primary, and not do a bait and switch in the general or when he is elected. He would talk about what he plans to accomplish and what his priorities are, and he would continue that SAME message all the way through till he is elected in the general, and then that is how he will govern as President.


27 posted on 09/27/2007 1:01:52 PM PDT by RobFromGa (It's the Spending, Stupid! (not the method of collection))
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To: RobFromGa

Nice suit.


28 posted on 09/27/2007 1:01:59 PM PDT by FourtySeven (47)
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To: Beelzebubba; RobFromGa
Nice photos. It’s remarkable how good Fred looks in these real photos compared to the MSM-selected photos showing him with lighting and an expression that makes him look like a prune (not to mention their apparent photoshop oversharpening of his wrinkles.)

Absolutely true. The MSM picks the worst possible shots and accentuates bad lighting and wrinkles.

Rob's pics are really good. What a treat, esp the ones near 'Churchill.

~ Thank you, Rob! ~

29 posted on 09/27/2007 1:04:45 PM PDT by b9 ("Fred... doesn't suffer fools and he has the guts and the microphone to say what I think" ~ Samwise)
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To: RobFromGa

Nice tie, Rob.


30 posted on 09/27/2007 1:05:02 PM PDT by LS (CNN is the Amtrak of News)
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To: RobFromGa

Nice report, glad you had a good time.


31 posted on 09/27/2007 1:07:47 PM PDT by codercpc
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To: Petronski

I agree but I also can’t help but think he looks like the Tall man from the Phantasm movies also!


32 posted on 09/27/2007 1:11:51 PM PDT by TheKidster (you can only trust government to grow, consolidate power and infringe upon your liberties.)
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To: RobFromGa
One thing that he said that just came to me: he said that he was going to talk about all these big issues in the primary, and not do a bait and switch in the general or when he is elected.

~ Fantastic ~

Great pics and reporting, Rob.

You sure look glad to be there!

33 posted on 09/27/2007 1:11:53 PM PDT by b9 ("Fred... doesn't suffer fools and he has the guts and the microphone to say what I think" ~ Samwise)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

And yet he maintains such a lively demeanor...


34 posted on 09/27/2007 1:14:09 PM PDT by ejonesie22 (I don't use a sarcasm tag, it kills the effect...)
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To: RobFromGa

He looks Wide Awake.


35 posted on 09/27/2007 1:17:30 PM PDT by muleskinner
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To: RobFromGa

Those pics of Fred with the Winston Churchill portraits behind him....how appropriate. I hope its an omen...


36 posted on 09/27/2007 1:17:38 PM PDT by DesScorp
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To: RobFromGa

OH. THAT Fred.

WTG Rob! Great report. As of today, I am a Hunter man. But, if he can’t make the cut, I will have no problem supporting FT.


37 posted on 09/27/2007 1:19:22 PM PDT by don-o (Do the RIGHT thing. Become a monthly donor. End Freepathons forever)
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To: muleskinner

LOL :-)


38 posted on 09/27/2007 1:19:25 PM PDT by RobFromGa (It's the Spending, Stupid! (not the method of collection))
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To: ejonesie22

Wow... pretty harsh, and certainly lacking in any type of concept as to what is socially acceptable to say when you don’t like someone, eh?

You a Rue Paul supporter? They are the only ones I have seen act this classless.


39 posted on 09/27/2007 1:20:03 PM PDT by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget (In regards to Ron Paul, Please see http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/1889318/posts)
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To: RobFromGa

Thanks for sharing your thoughts and photos with us! Fantastic!


40 posted on 09/27/2007 1:21:03 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: ejonesie22

OOPS!!! Wasn’t wearing my spot sarcasm glasses ;-)... Sorry.


41 posted on 09/27/2007 1:22:48 PM PDT by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget (In regards to Ron Paul, Please see http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/1889318/posts)
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To: jellybean; girlangler; KoRn; Shortstop7; Lunatic Fringe; Darnright; babygene; pitbully; granite; ...
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42 posted on 09/27/2007 1:24:14 PM PDT by Politicalmom (Of the potential GOP front runners, FT has one of the better records on immigration.- NumbersUSA)
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Bump!


43 posted on 09/27/2007 1:27:19 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget

That was sarcasm.


44 posted on 09/27/2007 1:28:32 PM PDT by TheThirdRuffian
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To: LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget

Shoulda read further myself. . . .


45 posted on 09/27/2007 1:29:26 PM PDT by TheThirdRuffian
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To: airborne; RobFromGa

um, maybe you just haven’t seen his natural hair color up so close, as in these nice big clear photos from Rob. nice attempt at a cheap shot, though. you never disappoint.


46 posted on 09/27/2007 1:30:24 PM PDT by xsmommy
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To: RobFromGa
Here's my prediction:

Fred is going to have to withdraw from the race because of illness.

47 posted on 09/27/2007 1:31:01 PM PDT by Glenn (Free Venezuela!)
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To: LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget

go back and read her tagline.


48 posted on 09/27/2007 1:35:11 PM PDT by TheKidster (you can only trust government to grow, consolidate power and infringe upon your liberties.)
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To: Glenn

Did your Ouija board tell you that?


49 posted on 09/27/2007 1:35:24 PM PDT by RobFromGa (It's the Spending, Stupid! (not the method of collection))
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To: Glenn

Good grief. He looks great. Fred is in to win. I support him 100%. The alternatives are frankly disappointing either in campaign efforts or flipflops not to mention the ones with scary positions and frightening liberal pasts.


50 posted on 09/27/2007 1:37:16 PM PDT by commonguymd (Move it to the right)
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