Elizabeth Edwards: Live Chatting at 8 am this morning.

Stick around for a live-chat with Elizabeth Edwards this morning from 8 am until 9:30-ish.

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I have a question:

For Ms. Edwards:

I'm sure you're a kind and gentle person, but have you ever wanted to just smack the crap out of George Bush like Jim Webb apparently wanted to do recently? I sure have.

Great, just great!

now I have to clean coffee off of my monitor!

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

The way he dismissed . . .

Cindy Sheehan made me angry. The half laugh when he joked about the Texas woman on death row who had found religion. I don't want to smack him. I just want him not to be my President.

I think you will find nearly unanimous support of that....

everywhere.

Welcome.

I think one of the questions that will probably pop up here before long is what your priorities as First Lady would be.

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Severak things

Too many things are pressing, so my list is long:
1. After school programs to supplement our public schools. We started one in Raleigh and I have seen firsthand what a difference they can make in the lives of young people.
2. The conditions in which our military families live. I grew up in a Navy family. We should do a lot better by those who make that sacrifice.
3. Election reform, ending black box voting, cleaning up campaigning and campaign financing.
Etc. etc. etc. as the King said in the King and I/

My father in law

sat on a panel with your husband, or is about to, concerning school success. He is also funded by the military to create programs to help families stay together. His name is Gary Bowen, and he's a Kenan Professor of Social Work at UNC.

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Ah ...

This is why you'd be such a great First Lady. Even keeled, clear, and focused on what matters most.

Thanks for showing up this morning!

A

PS I had the pleasure of sitting next to you when you and John hosted local bloggers for a wide-ranging discussion over dinner in Chapel Hill. My name is James.

"Listen to the mothers"

Your letter about Cindy Sheehan was very moving.

With Iraq now in a full blown civil war, it seems we should be acting faster to pull out our troops, to help deescalate the situation.

Do you think there is a chance of that happening within six months, now that we have control of both Houses?

Great to see you hear on BlueNC, Mrs. Edwards!

Amy Goodale

Unfortunately

even with both houses of Congress, the administration of the war is still largely in the hands of the President. All Congress can really do is investigate abuses and stop funding. The first will happen, the second will, in my opinion, not happen.

It is good to be here, Amy.

One of my biggest fears...

is that the killing will go on, and on and on...

And then, come the 08 election, voters will blame the Democrats for not doing anything to stop the madness.

Troops' mothers suffer seeing the failure in Iraq

I'm on a break at work-can't stay long, but I just talked to a mother of an Army reservist here at work who said that the 15 months her son served in Baghdad were, for her, the longest and most painful 15 months she'd ever had to live through. He came back home to her, but I think of the mothers whose sons and daughters did not come home alive or uninjured. I spoke to Cindy Sheehan last spring and she told me she was fond of you,Mrs. Edwards, and that she felt close to you because of a common bond relating to Casey and Wade.

About your CBS commentary...

Have you read The Health of Nations: Why Inequality is Harmful to Your Health by Ichiro Kawachi and Bruce P. Kennedy.

Things you said in your CBS commentary reminded me of this book, which is one of the best books I've read on public policy in the last couple years.

I haven't but

the title in intriguing. Looks like a good book for John for Christmas (and then I can borrow it). Thanks for the tip.
BTW, are you AP on Democratic Underground, too?

I'm that AP.

Thanks for remembering!

Depleted Uranium

after listening to Doug Rokke speaking about the
health effects of
depleted uranium on Alex Jones radio show this
afternoon Id like to have word with George too. According to recent research by Joesph Stiglitz and LindaBilmes,
caring for wounded soldiers from this illegal and immoral occupation of Iraq will cost the taxpayers 127 billion.

Elizabeth, you are always so cool and calm

how did you keep your composure after the debate John had with Cheney where he lied about meeting John before that debate?

PS If anyone deserved a good "smacking"....

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

I didn't

I was sitting between Kristin Breitweiser (a bright and courageous and beautiful 9/11 widow) and our daughter Cate when Cheney said he had never met John. I had sat for 2 hours next to Lynn Cheney -- 2 hours! Next to Lynn Cheney! -- at the National Prayer Breakfast when John was chairing it. And John was sitting that whole time next to Cheney. When Cheney said that in the debate, I turned to Cate and Kristin and said I cannot believe he lied. And when the debate was over I went to the stage and confronted him. His response? A small smile and an Oh, yes.

Evil

Raising kids, then and now.

I'm wondering if you have any thoughts about whether parents are more protective of their children these days and if you think it is healthy?

Many of us have young children and I think we're all shocked to find out how paranoid the world is about kids these days, yet MOST of us tend to fall in line and be just as paranoid.

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

I know I worry too much

but the worrying has changed. I worried about my children being hurt or abused or -- in my worst nightmares -- dying. And then, oddly, after our oldest child died, I had to appreciate the folly of that worry: we cannot protect them from every harm that might come their way. We can only do what we can do. So I do -- I ask if there is a gun in the home of children with whom my children have playdates, I own about 4 times the number of car seats I need, and I try to instill in them a sense of reasonable fear about dangers. But I cannot stop the wind, and I quit worrying that I needed to. But I do worry about the world in which they will live. I worry about that all the time.

What is that prayer...

here it is. Like someone here's Ghandi sig "Be the change that you want to see in the world", I think this poem reflects a great GOAL in life.

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
forever in the next.
Amen.

Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

This morning

I delivered the children to school. The car in front of ours is the most aggressive pro-Bush supporter at the school: several bumper stickers on her van and buttons on her shirt. I used to pick up at the same time she did and she was always sporting a new button -- for me, I assume, since it was now fall of 2005. I had gotten off her schedule and hadn't seen her or her van in a while, but this morning there she was -- with a new bumper sticker: Not Fonda Kerry. I assume that that addition -- made in 2006! -- was also for my benefit. It struck me not as offensive but as pathetic.

Wow!

That is pathetic. She better watch out in Chapel Hill or she's likely to get a Venti Carmel Macchiato in her gas tank.

I worked the polls at the Dogwood Acres precinct this year handing out voter guides and the few, VERY FEW Republicans that came in were none too happy to see us. I saw a friend of my wife getting her kids out of the car to vote. It was raining so I went over to help her with my umbrella and walk her to the "line", at which point I asked if she wanted a Democratic Party voter guide. She took it but looked like she was sucking on a lemon. Later my wife reminded me that SHE was the one I was never supposed to discuss politics with at the "Mom's Club" dinners. Oops.

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

I don't mind

people expressing their opinions -- even ones with which I disagree. But the fact that she was adding anti-Kerry bumper stickers 2 years after the election struck me as pathetic.

Spoken like a true Progressive.

you'll never hear words like that at a Bush rally. Of course, since we are all registered dems, we're not likely to be allowed INTO a Bush rally.

Do they have Bush rallies any more?

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Only

in undisclosed locations. heh.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Or "town hall" meetings where

you have to swear allegiance to the King....er...President to get in.

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

It's a fine line

at times to demonstrate your back-bone AND to have 7 - layers of skin so that something like that can be perceived as pathetic, and not offensive. I respect you for that, Mrs. Edwards. I had an anthropology/religion teacher at university who shared that when one explores the context of the time when Jesus lived, the concept of "turn the other cheek" was a radical demonstration of empowerment. To be struck on the cheek, and then to offer up the other cheek, is to say -- "Is that all you got, 'cause it's gonna take a LOT more than that to take ME down." You've probably already heard that because you're brilliant -- but it's just a little tid-bit that helps me survive as a Progressive Social Worker in Republican - country, i.e. KANSAS.

Welcome Elizabeth

My name is Linda Cockman, my husband David grew up in Robbins and went to school with John. One continuing problem is the people from Robbins don't seem to be big supporters of John, because they felt like he didn't bring home any "pork" for the town. I'm against pork and K street in it's current form, but what, if anything, can be done to change this view?

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Robbins

Hello, Linda. John actually did some things for Robbins -- a water treatment system I think was on the list of North Carolina projects that I thought had passed. And, whether Robbins knows it or not, he has -- in his private life -- tried to draw investment to Robbins. For those of you who do not know Robbins, it is a small town in Moore County that used to have a textile mill, where John's father worked, a chicken plant, now closed, and a manufactured home factory, also closed. There are still some jobs in the area, but it is precisely the kind of town that has been in crisis with job loss. The town is now 50% Hispanic -- the largest percentage in the state -- and unemployment, underemployment and the rapidity of change there has caused a lot of problems. By the way, the Children's Room at the largely privately funded public library was a gift by John in honor of his parents.

Thank you so much for your answer

I didn't know that and I'm sure no one I know was aware of this either. I hope that John is more vocal about these things because many of his critics are very vocal and try to continue the "Edwards did nothing for his hometown" lie.

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

Hi Elizabeth!

It's Nan from Wilmington. I'm on my way out the door to go to my folk's house for the day but wanted to say hello. I enjoyed meeting you at Quail Ridge and very much enjoyed your book. Bye!

Greetings Mrs. Edwards, and a Question about your mom

Good Morning, Mrs. Edwards. I am new here, but heard you were blogging this morning. First, I wanted to say thank you for what you said in your autograph of my book last month that my friend Jackie brought to the West Des Moines(even my mom was touched), second to say I enjoyed reading your book, and I love the transparency.

Mrs. Edwards, I heard some where that your mother was a librarian. As you may know, I am a librarian in academic setting, helping students and faculty do research about business. What I would like to know is what kind of librarianship--school, special, etc did she practice since I didn't see it (may have missed it in reading)in your book and how her profession may have influenced you as an adult.

Thank you, and hope your health continues to improve. Benny

JohnEdwards.com

Good to see you here

And everywhere I go!
My mom got a master's degree in library science in 1972 at UNC and my father was transferred to NATO in Italy. She didn't work there, but when he retired and came back to DC, she was the librarian for a nonprofit, the Electronics Industry Foundation -- what we used to call all high tech jobs. The foundation placed the handicapped workers in technology jobs. She did that work for about 4 years before she retired to NC.

Thank you

I had heard it might be in special librarianship. How appropriate that it was high tech.

And yes, while I don't get to see you in person very much, I do try to say hello on the Net where I can. Blessings to you and JRE and for sharing yourselves with us!

JohnEdwards.com

You've mentioned the war several times above...

In 2004, in Oklahoma City, I gave Senator Edwards a translated copy of Carl Von Clausewitz's book (first published in 1834) ON WAR . I begged Senator Edwards to read just the first two chapters...so that he could think about and articulate what it takes to win a war and why Bush was failing. I suspect the book disappeared into the netherlands. I will ask again...please for all of our sakes...and for the sake of what I hope will be a successful campaign in 2008.

Stan Bozarth

He read it

I remember his reading it -- although, unfortunately, I don't remember having any conversations with him about it, so that is all I can tell you.
And the book -- all our books in fact -- are finally in one place in our new home.

Thank you...

n/t

Stan Bozarth

Do you have any intuition, insight or inside information

about whether Liddy Dole will run again for Senate?

We're anxious about which Democrats will step up to compete for that seat. I suggested you, but lots of people quickly agreed you might just be a tad busy for that.

:)

Any chance you'd ever run for any public office?

She doesn't seem to love the job

but maybe I am wrong. I was the first person I know to saw Jesse wouldn't run again. I said it after he had his headstone put up at Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh where he will be buried. No one, I figured, who was thinking about headstones was also thinking about another political campaign. As for Liddy Dole, I never understood why she wanted to be a Senator, and since she has been one -- and one now in the minority, she may start wondering that, too. We have a lot of good potential candidates on the Democratic side, but I am not one of them.

Elizabeth, who inspired you when you were young,

and who inspires you now? Why? What do they do that motivates and drives you now?

Have you ever given consideration to public service/public office yourself?

Thank you for sharing this time with us. I don't know about anyone else, but I'm feeling a little star struck. :)

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Not your regular heroes

I am not inspired particularly by people in the public eye. The hardest work is done by those who work in the trenches -- in hospitals and assisted living centers -- by families who care day after day for family members who need their constant help. One woman who inspired me is a dance teacher I had in Japan. I talked about her in my book. She had trained to be a geisha -- an honorable profession -- for many years and after her training she went home before moving to Tokyo. Unfortunately home was Hiroshima and she was there when the bomb was dropped. Her chest was blown off. She was no longer perfect and therefore could not be a geisha. And so, with great sadness and great dignity, she readjusted her life's expectations -- even to the point of teaching the skills she had learned to young American girls, the daughters of pilots not unlike the ones who had dropped the bomb that shattered her life. That kind of serenity and grace is inspirational.

Deacon Jones

I still remember hearing Deacon Jones, the football player, talking about role models and saying something along the lines of "If your kids have to look past the coffee table to find a role model, well, there's something wrong with that."

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

I think I'll steal that

crediting Deacon Jones of course. That is great.

Beautiful

Finding the greatest inspiration in the dignity, serenity and grace of regular people says so much about who you are. :) Thank you, Mrs. Edwards. You would make an amazing First Lady.

I think a book buying excursion to Quail Ridge is in my near future. Have to wait for payday Friday. I can never leave with just one book. :}

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Elizabeth will be at Fearrington Village Thur pm

Leslie, if you are able to make the book signing, Thur @ 7 pm at Fearrington Village, I'll see you there!

BTW, I still want to get together to talk about our OneCorps groups, I've just been busy with the holiday. We had family in town.

since I missed the actual book signing in Raleigh

after the event, I might have to run out to Fearrington if I can get the kids to bed in time.

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Hi Amy! This Thursday ...

I think I can make that. :) It would be a perfect opportunity to talk about OneCorps groups.

Family and holidays are so wonderful! My problem is my total lack of discipline in pulling myself away from the Internets. My daughter says i need a 12 step program. I'm beginning to wonder. ;)

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

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