JOHN EDWARDS: HEARTTHROB

A God-fearing FBvian has just returned from the Central Dallas Ministries prayer breakfast at the Anatole and files this report:

About 1,000 people were expected and the place was pretty packed. The breakfast offerings were not nearly as scrumptious as the the keynote speaker, Sen. John Edwards. He was introduced by the Hon. Eddie Bernice Johnson whose speech was preceded by an introduction by Rev. Gerald Britt Jr. The Rev tossed out catchphrases like “the politics of bread” and “food insecurity” in highlighting our city’s poverty problem. He then welcomed Eddie Bernice to the stage by calling her a “she-ro.”

Anyway, Edwards is rock-star handsome. He’s tall, tanned, fit, and his accent, well, I’ll borrow Paris Hilton’s favored designation: it’s hot. The crowd was way into his speech, although there were a few grumblings when he veered into wonk territory for a little longer than promised. When not pseudo-campaigning, he addressed the poverty crisis in our country, using Hurricane Katrina as the vehicle for his rhetoric. He denounced the segregation of our country and later proclaimed that we had plenty of politicians but not enough leaders. When asked if he was planning to run in 2008, he said that he’s thinking about it but has not decided. His response provoked a chant of “Run! Run!” from the crowd. I had to leave at that point, but I took with me hope for our country’s future (not really) and a CDM travel coffee mug (really).

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