john edwards in ann arbor

I suspect that a lot of local bloggers got the invite, and that it’s not just because I did such a smash-up job interviewing Peter Falk the other day, but I’ve been asked to meet with John Edwards on Friday.

I’m thinking that it might be cool to ask him all the questions I didn’t have a chance to ask Peter Falk, like “Given your career, are you always thinking about new and interesting was to murder people?” or “Can you tap on your eye with a spoon like you used to do when you were a kid?” but I’m not sure that he’d see the genius in it.

It’ll be the last stop on his ten-university tour in support of the new grassroots campus organization Project Opportunity, which is seeking to “get young people more involved in community service, and get them to advocate policies that expand opportunity for people living in poverty.” I haven’t had a great deal of time, so I haven’t done a lot of digging, but it looks as though Project Opportunity is spin-off from The Center for Promise and Opportunity, of which Edwards is the “Honorary Chair.” It actually sounds pretty cool. (They’re advocating for an increase to the minimum wage, etc.)

If you have questions for Edwards let me know, and I’ll see what I can do.

(note: Speaking of John Edwards, did you know that this is the second thing to come up with you Google his name? If I were him, I’d do something.)

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10 Comments

  1. Dan from Austin
    Posted October 25, 2005 at 1:20 am | Permalink

    Can you ask him how he is able to talk to dead people?
    OK, that was an easy one that I should have left alone…
    It might be hard, but a “What do you regret most about losing the election?” Or, “What might you have done differently in your capmaign?” These are probably questions that are too late to be asked, but I wonder about them.

    Ask him who he owuld nominate to the Supreme Cpourt or put in charge of the Federal reserve? Those are topical.

    Ask him if he prefers Columbo or Barnaby Jones…

    OK going to bed now…

  2. Kristin
    Posted October 25, 2005 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    You got invited to meet with him? I got a voicemail from him, but it was more of a “I’m hanging out in Ann Arbor, if you were hanging out there too that would be cool.” Just like a half-date.

  3. be OH bE
    Posted October 25, 2005 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    John Edwards is obviously just playing the field right now. Try not to get too attached to him. He’s just like all the other guys.

    Ask him if he’s happy with his position in the Senate or is there another post he aspires to. Is the presidency still a goal of his?

  4. Posted October 25, 2005 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    Apparently he’s the son of a mill-worker. I’d like to hear more about that.

  5. Doug Skinner
    Posted October 25, 2005 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    Ask him what he thinks about Malcolm Kendall-Smith, the RAF officer who refuses to return to Iraq, and who plans to use the Nuremberg defense at his court-martial: arguing that he can’t be ordered to serve in an illegal war. Ask him if he thinks the war in Iraq is illegal.

    Ask him about the fact that Italy has ordered the arrest of 22 CIA agents, charged with kidnapping an Egyptian cleric and turning him over to Egypt for torture. Ask him what he thinks of the McCain amendment. Ask him what he thinks of the CIA.

    Ask him whether he believes in the theory of natural selection.

    I’m sorry; I don’t have any fluffy pop culture questions.

    Oh, here’s one: ask him what he thinks about the fact that Bruce Springsteen has started playing ukulele in his shows.

    And remember — don’t mumble!

  6. Teddy Glass
    Posted October 25, 2005 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    Note to beOHbe – He’s no longer in the Senate, at least in an elected capacity. (He may be hiding in the vents though.)

    As for questions, I’d ask about Ohio and whether or not he thinks it’s possible that the election was stolen there. I’d also ask what he things about electronic voting.

  7. be OH bE
    Posted October 25, 2005 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    right.

    Mark could still ask just to see if he still thinks he’s in the senate as I did. Hell, ask him how he likes the job of vice-president.

  8. Shanster
    Posted October 25, 2005 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    Ask him what he was thinking when he wrote “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” It will show off your journalistic historical research ability. He might ask if you went to public school, or he might look at you and say “you are a fantastic journalist”. I wonder if he will pepper his banter with four letter words like Falk.

  9. Dan from Austin
    Posted October 26, 2005 at 12:41 am | Permalink

    Ask him if he really likes to go to Wendy’s or if that was just bullshit. Ask him what his favorite thing at Wendy’s is. And then ask him if he might want to go with you to Wendy’s after the interview.

    This thread is amusing me… I should quit.

  10. Posted October 26, 2005 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    So are you really the only one that got an invite, Mark? How do I get our national correspondant for the Star in there?

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