Karl Rove was the featured speaker and was FANTASTIC. While we were eating our dinner, Mr. Rove "roved" the room. He introduced himself, chatted with everyone, and was tremendously personable and good natured. There were picture opportunities like the one above featuring Jesse and Jennie Young with Mr. Rove.
Mr. Rove then spoke about the upcoming Presidential election and his vision of how President Obama can be defeated in 2012. This was not a speech but rather a talk that sometimes rambled off into stories and anecdotes but always returned to the point. It also contained the typical Rove statistics and detailed analysis. It was extremely informational, interesting, and enjoyable. If you ever have an opportunity to attend an event featuring Mr. Rove I suggest you seize the chance.
Election strategy is Mr. Rove's forte and, according to Mr. Rove, the strategy for defeating President Obama is to measure him by the standards that he, himself, set. Whether it is the closing of Guantanamo Bay, or that Unemployment will not exceed 8%, or any of the other myriad of promises/statements that he has made and not delivered. This strategy is applicable regardless of the Republican nominee and Mr. Rove declined to name his preferred candidate.
All in all, a very enlightening evening.