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Political-insider-turned-newsman urges students to follow dreams

Political commentator George Stephanopoulos, stopped at the Lawrence Community Shelter, 214 W. 10th St., for a walk-through visit during a trip to the city Tuesday, and took a moment to sign an autograph for Aaron Morrison, 12. Stephanopoulos spoke at Kansas University later Tuesday.

Political commentator George Stephanopoulos, stopped at the Lawrence Community Shelter, 214 W. 10th St., for a walk-through visit during a trip to the city Tuesday, and took a moment to sign an autograph for Aaron Morrison, 12. Stephanopoulos spoke at Kansas University later Tuesday.

April 7, 2009

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George Stephanopoulos, chief Washington correspondent for ABC News, shows off a Kansas University T-shirt he received as a gift during a visit here earlier this month. Stephanopoulos visited the Lawrence Community Shelter and also spoke at KU. Monte Mace, Lawrence, submitted the picture.

George Stephanopoulos, chief Washington correspondent for ABC News, shows off a Kansas University T-shirt he received as a gift during a visit here earlier this month. Stephanopoulos visited the Lawrence Community Shelter and also spoke at KU. Monte Mace, Lawrence, submitted the picture.

Political correspondent George Stephanopoulos told Kansas University students Tuesday to look for that one moment that grabbed them when deciding their life plan.

In a wide-ranging question-and-answer session touching on many different aspects of politics, journalism and political campaigns, the host of ABC’s Sunday morning news show “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” told more than 400 people about the moment he knew what he wanted to do.

During a summer internship in Washington, he saw the outside of the Capitol dome for the first time after emerging from a Metro station in 1981, he recalled.

“I was just blown away. And I was blown away even more by what was going on inside,” he said, remembering that it grabbed both his heart and mind. “When you’re starting out, wait for that moment.”

He detailed how he got into politics, eventually earning a spot on the presidential campaign of President Bill Clinton, and working in the White House as the senior adviser to the president for policy and strategy.

He remembered dealing with a new Republican majorities in Congress in 1994, and the differences between Newt Gingrich, then Speaker of the House, and Bob Dole, who was Senate Majority Leader.

Gingrich led government shutdowns, but Dole took the approach of trying to get things done, Stephanopoulos said.

“You could tell he didn’t agree at all with the approach that Newt Gingrich was taking in the House,” he said.

Stephanopoulos then made the transition to journalism, taking a job for ABC News, which allowed him to go out and report stories step by step, he said.

“I was determined to bring the benefit of my experience to my job, but to do it in a fair way,” he said.

He also fielded questions from interviewer Jonathan Earle, associate director of the Dole Institute of Politics, about current events and the Obama presidency.

“No president in our lifetimes has had to come in and deal with these kinds of problems in the first 100 days,” Stephanopoulos said.

He said the president, from a diplomatic standpoint, came out of his first foreign trip relatively mistake-free, but he will have to continue to face the realities of a deepening economic recession at home.

When it comes down to it, “no one knows” when this recession might end, and it may be after the new year begins before things start to recover, Stephanopoulos said.

Earlier in the day, Stephanopoulos toured the Lawrence Community Shelter with his longtime friend Loring Henderson, who is the shelter’s executive director.

Don Huggins, president of the Lawrence Community Shelter’s board of directors, said that Stephanopoulos donated $100,000 to the shelter during a private event to help kick off a $3 million capital campaign to fund a new location for the shelter.

Comments

Ronda Miller 5 years, 8 months ago

Oddly enough I have tickets to the event that say he is speaking at 7:30 - 8:30 and the private reception is from 5:30 to 7...Anybody know why the difference?

Phil Minkin 5 years, 8 months ago

I didn't realize you needed a ticket, so I went a little before 7pm and was given a chance to be number 87 on the waiting list. I left but I would have liked to ask the question: "Given our current economic crisis, do you have second thoughts about your questions in the Dem. debate a year ago concerning lapel pins, Rev. Wright, airport snipers and Wm Ayers instead of AIG, Fannie Mae and a banking crisis?" While he can be good, he and most of the mainstream media have failed on the run up to the Iraq war and the Wall Street mess we're in now.

BrianR 5 years, 8 months ago

Wow, Machiavelli_mania, Petula Clark! Very impressive.

Thinking_Out_Loud 5 years, 8 months ago

Machiavelli_Man wrote "Again, a grocery store downtown, a small one that one could go to daily like they do in Europe would be so nice to see on Mass St, downtown."

I assume M_M means in addition to The Casbah Market, of course, and is also not considering Round Corner Cheese & Salami Shoppe or Au Marche as a small downtown grocery.

Ronda Miller 5 years, 8 months ago

It was terrific having a chance to meet him in person. He was charming, friendly, warm, intelligent, and shared some interesting perspectives on a life that most of us can only imagine.

james bush 5 years, 8 months ago

He has a good Sunday show but I hate that he's in Obama's adulation society.

somebodynew 5 years, 8 months ago

T_O_L - If I am not mistaken (been in a couple of them you mention) the stores you mention are really specific in nature and expensive. I think what people want (and will not get in downtown) is a small general grocery store. I realise prices will be higher (not sure the people calling for it will) but will not be exclusive to certain types of stuff.

My understanding is people want to buy everyday items, i.e. milk, bread, cereal, etc, without having to go to Dillons (which isn't that far away IMO)

The stores you mention do not carry those type of things, just specialty items only certain people want.

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