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RE: We Can Do Better Than This

Julie Krueger, student

On February 14, 2012

I would like to address Mr. Caleb Brown, who was published in the Viewpoint section of  The Racquet earlier this month with an article entitled "We can do better than this." Mr. Brown took issue with those of us who were involved in the Michelle Obama conference call in January. In Mr. Brown's humble oppinion, the questions that were asked of Mrs. Obama were "difficult to stomach." Apparently, these questions were far to elementary for Mr. Brown's liking. Mr. Brown claims that he did not expect any hardball questions," but it is clear that he expected just that. He would not have been so ashamed of his fellow peers had this not been the case. Unortunately, Mr. Brown was unaware of the facct that Organizing for America, an organization affiliated with the Democratic Party, had selected the questions prior to the event. It was a brief event, so we were unable to ask questions of our own. What's more, we were speaking with Michelle Obama, not the President; it would have been inappropriate to ask the First Lady "hardball questions" concerning her husband's political views or his legislative plans. Furthermore, Mr. Brown failed to recognize the purpose of the event, which was to galvanize the President's supporters. Mr Brown was mistaken in thinking that we intended to convert conservatives. That was not the purpose of the event, but Mr. Brown would not have known that, for he did not ask. Yet Mr. Brown was correct in that students need to be better informed of political matters, and that is precisely why we as College Democrats, do our very best to fight political apathy and encourage students to take part in the political process.

It's a shame that mr. Brown did not take the time to ask a few questions of his own before tearing us apart in his article, for we would have gladly set the record straight. Mr Brown, I'm sure you can do better.


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