Afternoon Speaker: Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Written by Bwog Staff
Earlier this afternoon, Bwog made our way to the fifth floor of Lerner for a discussion with Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. While Senator Klobuchar didn’t exactly draw Jumbotron-sized crowds (the audience numbered less than fifty), the always smiling senator made a gracious effort to shake everyone’s hand and learn their names.
She began her talk by introducing her family, and described her initial move in her “husband’s small Saturn” to our nation’s capital after she was elected to the Senate. Because this was not “nonpartisan” like Obamacain, she then railed against John McCain and President Bush for allowing financial deregulation on Wall Street, which she blamed for America’s current economic problems. “There was too much greed and too little fear on Wall Street, and that’s the situation we’re in today,” she said. She also sided with both Obama and McCain and endorsed the return of ROTC to campus.
It was only when the name “Sarah Palin” was mentioned that Senator Klobuchar’s smile disappeared: “If you want four more years of President Bush’s failed policies, of failure on the war, on the environment, on energy independence, on healthcare, then you should vote for McCain and Palin. I think the country will make the right choice, elect Barack and put the country in a new direction.”
She ended her discussion by declaring that she was a big fan of fellow Minnesotan Prince. The event felt more like an interactive, engaging seminar than a one-way lecture. Bwog asked the Senator if she had any aspirations for the presidency someday; she replied, “I’m happy right where I am in my day job, but thanks for the compliment.”
– Will Leonard