There are a number of events this week (including Gerry Connolly's famous St. Patrick's Day event tonight), but there's been a lot of discussion about how President Obama will be speaking about health care reform at George Mason's Patriot Center on Friday. The doors will open at 9am with the actual program scheduled to begin at 11:30, but anyone who has been to a presidential event knows that you have to get there early.
This isn't the first time that Obama's been to GMU. He was there in February of 2007, about a week before he actually launched his presidential campaign and spoke to thousands of students who lined the halls of the Johnson Center (Mason's primary student union) to hear what the then junior Senator from Illinois had to say. Even at that point in time the energy surrounding his campaign was amazing and it was great to see so many young people excited about the political process.
It's also worth noting that with health care reform at such a crucial point in the legislative process, it just might happen that the House is voting on the legislation relatively shortly after Obama's appearance at Mason. What he has to say during his at my Alma Mater will therefore be heavily scrutinized by both the pundits and community leaders who be looking at the speech for any indicators it might give about where the legislative process stands. For those of you who are interested, I am planning on being at the event and will be providing coverage of both the speech and the reaction from people in the audience.