Once that chaos (no fault of Obama) subsided, Trenton Mayor Doug Palmer, the outgoing President of the conference, gave a stirring intro to the Senator. Obama was good and solid on urban issues, hit all the right issues — fund block grants, cops on the street, better education for our children, “strong cities for a strong America” etc, but nothing new or challenging (must be hard when you have a great reputation for speaking to keep that up EVERY day, I mean that sincerely). Also, didnt seem to be much, if any, national press (may still be recovering from primaries …) there.
So, in the end, a “B” speech, not a Clintonian (Bill) come forward and be saved speech nor a Clintonian (Hillary), we’re going to work together and get things done speech, but certainly ok for most people there. More important is the fact that Obama met with a number of mayors here and asked for their help, and has been on the phone to others for the same reason. Those gestures may prove more important than speeches.
Democratic mayors meet a few minutes from now. Hopefully, someone will be there to deliver some red meat, rah rah stuff. Inspire us!
PS – Thanked Mayor John Hickenlooper of Denver for his recent BMG post.