by Debra Kozikowski
I picked up the phone yesterday afternoon to hear my friend say, “There’s a guy with a gun strapped to his leg outside Obama’s town hall meeting in Portsmouth.”
“Hate mongers” was the way another political friend and ally described the crowd he saw assembled outside the Portsmouth High School on his television screen. I checked what coverage I could find online. According to the UPI the demonstrators appeared to be equally divided. When I finally turned on my own television, the noise levels and the crazy talk from the anti-everything and anti-everyone crowd seemed wild, unfocused and undisciplined.
Compare that with the president’s schedule for the day. In the morning, President Obama received his daily briefings and met with senior advisers at the White House. He then traveled to Portsmouth, N.H. to hold a town hall on health insurance reform at Portsmouth High School, where he focused on what reform will mean for those who have insurance already as well as for uninsured Americans. After the town hall, the president returned to Washington to meet with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates in the Oval Office.
Here’s the full schedule from the White House from yesterday (all times Eastern):
9:30AM: President Obama receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
9:50AM: President Obama receives the Economic Daily Briefing
10:30AM: President Obama meets with senior advisors
11:15AM: President Obama departs The White House en route Andrews Air Force Base
11:30AM: President Obama departs Andrews Air Force Base en route Portsmouth, New Hampshire
12:40PM: President Obama arrives in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
1:00PM: President Obama holds town hall on health insurance reform
3:20PM: President Obama departs Portsmouth, New Hampshire en route Andrews Air Force Base
4:35PM: President Obama arrives at Andrews Air Force Base
4:50PM: President Obama arrives at The White House
5:30PM: President Obama meets with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates
What I like about this administration and this president is not so different than what I liked about his candidacy and his campaign. In the face of distortion and downright lies, he keeps on schedule.