Excerpt from Swampland (Time magazine blog):
Conventional wisdom states that a nominee who faces charges of being “the most liberal Democratic nominee ever” should not use his acceptance speech to give an clear, unabashed defense of liberalism. But listen to this: “Ours is a promise that says government cannot solve all our problems, but what it should do is that which we cannot do for ourselves–protect us from harm and provide every child a decent education; keep our water clean and our toys safe; invest in new schools and new roads and new science and technology. Our government should work for us, not against us.” There are many who will not agree with that statement. But Obama does a better job of making the case for liberalism than any Democrat in a generation. (See this Knox College commencement speech from 2005 for a fuller version of his argument.)
Excerpt from The State News (East Lansing, MI):
Many crowd members admitted they didn’t know much about Biden. Those who were familiar with him said he could fill some apparent gaps in Obama’s political resume.
“He’s my dream vice president,” said Colin Davis, a sophomore at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill. “He really balances out Sen. Obama as far as, he’s got the foreign policy experience that I think Sen.
Obama really needs to have.”
Senator Barack Obama, during his visit to Springfield, Illinois, joked with Knox’s President Roger Taylor.
Excerpt from the Register-Mail:
From helping with crowd control to personally welcoming Sen. Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, Galesburg people played a significant role during Saturday’s announcement in Springfield that Delaware Sen. Joe Biden will be Obama’s running mate.
Knox College President Roger Taylor, at the event in his role as a board member for the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, said he and his wife Ann stayed in Springfield the night before and arrived downtown about 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
The IHPA operates the Old State Capitol, the site of Saturday’s event…..
….“The senator came over to me and said something like, ‘my career has taken off since I gave the Knox commencement address,’” Taylor laughed.
Excerpt from the Abilene Reporter-News:
Gossip never looks good if you’re the one getting gossiped about, admits Frank McAndrew, a professor of psychology at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill.
But McAndrew is one of a growing number of researchers who speculate that gossip can actually serve good — maybe even noble — purposes.
“People tend to talk about gossip as some kind of character flaw, as if only nasty, inferior people do it,” he said. “But it’s part of our nature to be interested in information about other people.”
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