i saw barack last night a his broadway event. for as much as i love ebersole and the readings by marcia gay harden and phylicia rashad, obama's speech was the highlight of the evening.
every time i see him, i like him more. the only parts of his speeches that seemed contrived are the jokes about his wife putting him in his place, whether or not they're true.
fire it up! ready to go!
also, re: rudy getting phone calls during his speeches, i'm fully convinced he's pulling those "call me to save me in case i'm having a bad date" calls. you know, the ones you set up with your girlfriend so that if the date is going down in flames, you can have this "emergency" that you have to run out and take care of. rudy is talking to the people at the NRA, he's assuming there's a chance it'll go poorly. judy calls him so that he'll have an out if he needs one. "hello judy! what?! oh my god! i'll be there right away!" and with that, he can shuffle off the stage and head away from the gun lovers.