I am kind of freaking out. But in a good way! I am just really excited about everything that’s going on right now…on campus and in life in general!
This week is absolutely packed with amazing stuff. It’s only Tuesday and it’s already been filled with some cool events…and there are even more to come in the following days.
I may have mentioned a few days back that Karl Rove was coming to speak at my school as a part of an annual speaking series we have here on campus. As a requirement for my International Relations class, I went to hear the lecture. But in all honesty, I would have gone anyways! I am interested in politics and didn’t know a lot about Karl Rove before attending the seminar. My friend, Kyle, and I went and had a really good time!
Needless to say it was very informative and actually pretty entertaining. Whether you’re a democrat or republican, whether you’re liberal or conservative, whether you love him or hate him…I can almost guarantee you would have enjoyed the event. Not only was I surprised at how personable and humorous Mr. Rove was, but it was intriguing to get a first hand perspective of what goes on in the White House and what it takes to run the country.
Karl spoke for about 40 minutes about his experience transitioning from a campaigning to be a White House staffer under the president. He also included some funny stories about pulling pranks on fellow White House staff members and a heart wrenching anecdote about a 60 year old surgeon who wanted to join the marines (despite the age restriction) to operate in the city where his eldest son was killed in combat.
I was completely engaged the entire time. The question and answer portion was just as informative and I found myself nodding along to so much of what he had to say. I can see now why Karl Rove is such a revered political strategist. He discussed his worry about the direction the nation is headed in, talked about how anyone can affect change within the world, and in an hour and a half inspired me in more ways than one. I walked out of there wanting to head right to Washington! I want to be involved with changing this country for the better and I want my voice to be heard!
I am not sure exactly how I am going to do that at this point, but seeing a man like Karl Rove, who came from very humble beginnings I might add, have such an impact on the most important position in our nation, gives me hope that I can do big things one day.
Some of my favorite thoughts from the night:
-campaigning is easy, you can say a lot of things and make a lot of promises but being the president makes gettings things done 1000 times harder
-90% of things that come through the White House are urgent….10% are important
-the president has no easy decisions and there are no gentle outcomes
-the strongest guy, the most powerful guy has to be the first to compromise in a situation
-there are a number of women that are becoming rising stars in politics (!)…including: Suzanne Collins, Suzanna Martinez, and Nikki Haley
-a new perspective on President Bush…Rove provided a lot of insight into the good things Bush did that went unknown to the public and were largely kept out of the media…for example his weekly, unpublicized, personal visits with military families and the families of victims during 9/11
Like I said, no matter what side of aisle you are on, this was an informative (and entertaining!) speaking engagement! I am really happy I went!
And now I have EXPO EAST to loom forward to in two days! I WANT TO LEAVE RIGHT NOW! Yes. I am that excited! I can’t wait to recap it all and cover it live for you guys!
Okay, enough about politics, enough about my unnatural excitement over my trip to Baltimore…I know what you guys are really here for…
[WIAW time of course!]
What I Ate:
[tuna salad with crackers for dipping]
[pesto with shrimp]
[purple cabbage and lentil salad]
[kefir with cocoa]
[grilled cheese pita]
Have a great week friends! And remember to enter my giveaway if you haven’t already! It’s all handpicked by me!
Today’s Healthy Help: I did some tidy up around my dorm for my suite mates and I! Everyone is getting sick lately so I am trying to keep the germs at bay.