#Dream16 – Thoughts on the Keynote Speakers

Well, folks, I know you have all been waiting with baited breath to find out what I thought of the speakers at the Defending the American Dream Summit…

AEI President Arthur Brooks stays #1. His speech really set the tone for the conference and was truly inspiring. 

Senator Marco Rubio and British Conservative Politician Daniel Hannan probably tie for second. I appreciate Rubio’s engagement with the idea of the American Dream and Hannan offered a great perspective, not to mention the amazing accent. 

Third goes to Governor Scott Walker and former CEO Carly Fiorina who were both terrific. I’m proud of everything Governor Walker has done for Wisconsin and Carly Fiorina is always inspiring.  

Florida State University Coach Bobby Bowden was awesome but needed more time to tie things together. 

The other speakers were good but no one stood out. 

Overall, I would say the only person I didn’t enjoy was Senator David Perdue, who used every cliche in the book during his speech. The only reason I applauded when he finished was because of how happy I was that he was done

One response to “#Dream16 – Thoughts on the Keynote Speakers

  • L Buchmeyer

    I second this! All the political rhetoric is meaningless in my opinion without Arthur Brook’s reminder of kindness and gratitude, and that every person is necessary. What good is our politics without the right heart? Of course, I smile at these “profound” ideas, because really they’re just how Jesus tells us how we should be living every day. The Good Book is filled with such truth and wisdom! How can we forget to apply it to our political views and conversations? Thank you, Brooks, for keeping the main thing…the main thing!

    And yes, Perdue was all about cliche- ridden generalities. Ugh. Happy to clap him off the stage.

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