Jane Sanders recalls moment she became convinced Bernie should run
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Sanders' eyes welled with tears as she recalled what the man said next: "You've changed my life and if you run for president, I think that would be the best thing for the country."
As the man left, she remembered saying to her husband, "Okay, I think you have to do it."
Burlington Free Press
Good, in-depth piece showing the quality of their long marriage. I'm glad for Bernie that he has a supportive spouse who is by his side as he fights the good fight for us. Liked all the pictures of her & Bernie at different times in their marriage. Caption on 1 photo: Jane Sanders serves as an advisor to her husband, presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders. Their desks sits side by side at his campaign headquarters in Burlington. Seen on Thursday, August 6, 2015. (Photo: GLENN RUSSELL/FREE PRESS)
When asked about her husband's ability to compete against the fundraising power of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Democratic front-funner, Sanders seemed undaunted.
"We've been outspent many, many, many times," she said.
She noted that her husband's campaign has taken off faster than either of them expected.
She said one marked moment occurred as they arrived in Minneapolis with field director, Phil Fiermonte. She described seeing blocks of people lined up to enter the campaign event on May 31, less than a week after the campaign kicked off.
She recalled her husband saying, "Whoa! Are we competing with something Phil?" and Fiermonte's reply, "I think that's you, Bern."
An estimated 5,000 people showed up for that event, a number that would be dwarfed by the turnout for his latest West Coast rallies.
plenty of time for him and his values to be introduced to the Country.
"2 NYT pieces further demonstrate why he's running (7+ / 0-)article:
Mrs. Clinton, who wore a blue gingham blouse, talked to reporters on Saturday alongside Tom Harkin, a popular former senator from the state who recently endorsed Mrs. Clintons candidacy. (Mrs. Clinton said she was deeply honored by Mr. Harkins support. He stayed neutral in the 2008 Democratic presidential primary.)
A brown cow mooed behind Mrs. Clinton as she answered questions about the private email server she used as secretary of state and criticized Mr. Bush, who attended the fair on Friday, about his views on the Iraq war and the rise of the Islamic State. Then, she and a dozen Secret Service agents and staff members headed to get a pork chop on a stick.
. . .But others seemed frustrated that they could not get close to the former first lady, who is trying to connect on an intimate level with Iowans who shunned her last presidential campaign. I couldnt hear a darn word she said, one woman grumbled.
Soon after Mrs. Clinton left the fair for Marthas Vineyard to attend the 80th birthday party of Vernon E. Jordan Jr., a close friend and confidant of the Clintons.
And this article, http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2015/08/15/obama-power-foursome-hits-links-before-vernon-jordan-soiree/
President Obamas golf habit on Marthas Vineyard is so frequent that locals shrug it off. But there was nothing routine about his Saturday foursome, which included former President Bill Clinton, the civil rights activist Vernon E. Jordan Jr. and Ron Kirk, Americas former trade representative.
The high-profile golf partners were all slated to attend Mr. Jordans 80th birthday party Saturday night at the Farm Neck Golf Club. But they arrived early to get in a round of golf first. Mr. Jordan, a towering figure in the Democratic Party, was a top adviser to Mr. Clinton and is close to Mr. Obama, too.
Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is running to replace Mr. Obama in the Oval Office, was also expected to attend the party on Saturday night, officials said.
As per George Carlin in his epic final public riff, it's a big club, and you ain't in it. Sanders (thankfully) isn't in the big club, either.
While I never aspired to crashing any gates, I have a very hard time supporting candidates who are maintaining gates that are bigger and sturdier now than they were when I joined this site about a decade ago. Vernon Jordan has been an Akin Gump lobbyist since 1982. His presence as a towering figure in the party shows how far we are from real reform. I have no idea whether the ongoing Sanders surge can do much to induce real reform, but I'd sure as hell like to try."
Yuk...all that rubbing of elbows by the rich and powerful...that are constantly jockeying to protect their money and power.
And I had my private jet & crew on standby, too!
First Lady of The United States of America.
Sounds good to me.
not ONCE has he tweaked my trusty bullshit detector. DAMN I want him for president.
Feel the Bern!
Bernie and his wife seem pretty much like people I would run into around my community (okay, maybe closer to St. Louis, which is about 20 minutes away!). I hope the American people see this aspect of Bernie. Surely by now everyone can see that the class of people in politics now is pretty far removed from the average citizen (okay, Obama and his family are pretty down to earth as well).
I am remembering a quote from someone who said they voted for bush because he looked like someone you could have a beer with. This was not actually true so much, but hopefully many will see that with Bernie.
I enjoyed this article because Jane looks like she wears regular clothes and sits at a desk that looks like the average American could have in their home.
Elitism has not been good for most of the people in this country (or the world). I think this election has a good chance to stop all of that.
people as FDR did.
And if we can keep neoliberal corporatist DINOS from stealing the party again, Democrats will have a half century dynasty of environmentally beneficial social and economic progress to look forward to.
But it all depends on us giving Bernie the chance to give us a chance.
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