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Peggy From New Hampshire

October 7, 2008

Peggy from New Hampshire asked a great question in tonight’s town hall presidential debate. It was the last question of the night and both Obama and McCain arrogantly avoided to answer. This was the question:

Brokaw: Peggy (ph) in Amherst, New Hampshire. And it has a certain Zen-like quality, I’ll give you a fair warning.

She says, “What don’t you know and how will you learn it?”

This is what I wanted them to say:

Peggy from New Hampshire. Thank you for a great question that does honor to your state’s motto “Live free or die”. Peggy, in this moment of national crisis all eyes are on the two candidates for the presidency, and tonight we have been sparring to the best of our oratorical abilities. In a few months, one of us will have the most powerful government on earth at his fingertips. And yet the president is still just one person. With the knowledge of a single individual. What I won’t know is what every single one of you knows and the complexity of the implications that this distributed knowledge creates. One way for me to learn what you all know is to pay attention to the things you do, the activities you engage in, the relationships you form, the deals you are willing to strike. And I’ll make sure that the levers I will be pulling don’t interfere with your ability to communicate your precious knowledge to me.  Again, thank you for a great question.

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