I’ve been touring the country with my friends and fellow radio hosts (and Townhall contributors) Michael Medved, Hugh Hewitt, Dennis Prager and Bill Bennett. The subject of the tour is, “Obama: The First 100 Days”, a townhall-style forum where three of us on a given night analyze, debate, and critique the first few months of this remarkable time in our nation’s story.
For a guy who makes a living sitting in an empty glass studio talking into a microphone and staring at a bunch of blinking telephone lights, this is simply heaven.
Getting to shake hands, pose for pictures, sign books, and interact with people who listen to our radio shows is a blast. Sure, there’s the ego boost of nice people saying nice things about our work. But more importantly, we are learning what truly matters to Americans in cities as diverse as Dallas and San Antonio, Los Angeles and Cleveland (and nine other cites as well -- we’re all grateful for our new frequent flier miles these days).
The sheer genius of talk radio and Townhall.com is that the environment is so interactive. Listener and reader input is every bit as important as anything any of us can say. We’d be like crazy people chattering in the middle of that empty field that Joe Biden thinks we should stand in to be safe from swine flu if it weren’t for the calls, the letters, the blogs, and the reaction from our audience.
I’ll bet Michael, Hugh, Dennis and Bill are soaking up the energy of our “Obama 100 Days” audiences every bit as much as I am.
For one thing, there are the crowds. Every city we’ve visited has exceeded the expectations, in terms of the number of people who are coming out to participate. Every single stop has featured ballrooms and theatres and auditoriums packed with enthusiastic Americans who are deeply concerned about the direction of our country under the Obama Administration.
And there are the young people. Last night in Phoenix, Hugh asked for everyone under the age of 25 to stand. About 50 kids sprang to their feet. Having a talk radio-loving crowd of over a thousand feature that many young people was inspirational.
And of course, there is the passion. People are simply hungry for answers, an antidote to the massive spending and liberal social agenda of the new president.