Ralph Nader lacks people skills.
First published March 25, 2012.
Peru State College graciously hosted former Presidential Candidate Ralph Nader. I was pretty excited to see him since I am a political groupie. Wait, did I not mention this sooner?
So for those of you who do not know me, If I was on the street and on one corner stood; George Clooney and on the opposite corner stood Al Gore, I will always choose the Political figure-or Al Gore because I am 100% in love with him and he is my favorite person on planet earth at this moment or any given moment in his life.
Politicians are my Rock Stars.
Since I was young, I have been drawn to them. Do not ask me why maybe it's because they put a "Fire In My Belly" as Ralph Nader said. I do not know. Maybe I like the feeling of being told what I want to hear on one side and like the feeling of the fight on the other.
Ok back to my story, Let me start this with the Ralph Nader speech. Monday night we had the chance to see him speak. He was filling in for his friend Anthony Shadid, New York Times Beirut Bureau Chief and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, who was scheduled to give the speech but died suddenly while on assignment in Syria. Nader started his speech with some very touching and kind words of Shadid.
I will not go over the entire speech, but Nader and I wholeheartedly agree on some things and entirely disagree on some things. I can honestly say I loved sitting there filled with rage over something he said one second and then loving something he said the next. I don't want to make this a political blog, but he did say something that I really liked.
"If you don't turn on to politics, politics is going to turn on you,"
Very cool quote if you ask me.
This man is an excellent speaker; I took a photo during one of his moments of trying to explain to MY/OUR generation that we need to get involved, and as he listed what we could do to help and I observed two girls asleep and one on her phone.
This made me so sad.
Instead of going over the entire content of his speech, refer to this Lincoln Journal Star article.
Or, you can watch this small clip I got. I was running low on my battery so, I was only able to get a few moments of his speech.
I had forgotten my long lens in the trunk of my car, and I didn't want to walk up the many hills to get it (I'm so lazy) What I will say is, you get your money's worth with Nader...even though it was free. He gave almost a 2-hour speech, then stayed answering questions from the audience until someone had to cut in and tell him it was time to move to the Book signing part. The speech started around 7:00 and was in a theater that was SWELTERING! God Love Peru State College, but that place was literally like a sauna as the air conditioner was broken at the time. The Q&A started around 9:00 and around 10:15 p.m. we moved to another building. We were about 5th in line and didn't wait all that long. I had purchased my book during the speech so I could get a chance to have face to face with him. However, a lovely teacher who had driven over 2 hours asked me if I could take his photo when we got up to him. We exchanged info, and I would just take the picture and email it. Easier said than done. Nader asked the man to wait until after the signing. This man was so upset; he had to still pick up his kids and was looking at getting home after midnight. He begged, and I finally just told the teacher to smile and took it. He was happy, Nader was not. I got up to him, and he was a bit put out. He did sign my book and didn't look at me once.
He asked for my name, and I started to chat but, He didn't want to talk with me, and when I asked for a photo, he told me I HAD to wait until later. I didn't want to beg, so I decided to head home.
Hearing Nader speak was great, meeting him and realizing that he's just a grumpy old man wasn't.