Since the presidential election, I’ve been to four events at the National Press Club — press conference, symposium, what have you — and all four have been standing-room only.
Speakers at all four events — covering issues ranging from poverty to the Federal Communications Commission — had recommendations for the incoming administration. Remarkably, a number of them (and one event had as many as nine speakers) said they had been in contact with members of President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team. Just as remarkably, they all said they had received a fair hearing on their issues.
Perhaps there are some people who think it wouldn’t be worth their while to give their two cents (or $700 billion) to the Obama transition team. Still, it’s impressive.
I was pondering this on my way back from the fourth event Jan. 15 when I ran into someone on her way to the same subway station from which I had just exited. It seems she had left a meeting at the U.S. bishops’ headquarters in Washington to discuss Middle East issues with — you guessed it — the transition team.