OMG! Those photos of Keith at Cornell are adorable! Marie, you are so lucky!
I was lucky two ways. First, folks at Cornell helped me get tickets when I said we were out of town. Also, last night nobody made a big deal about our arriving after 6; they let us in with no problems.
Also lucky that my husband is an incredibly good driver, as we were really highballing it the last 70 miles to Ithaca. (I will never again trust the auto club's estimate of trip time; they were off by a good hour and a half on this one!)
The program itself was beyond words. It included a half-hour of funny anecdotes; another 30 mins of serious political thoughts; and an HOUR of Q&A with audience members.
Keith was incandescent when he spoke. And he interacts so comfortably with people that when a woman who is an anti-nuclear activist became emotional and began essentially making a speech, he gently talked her down, making it possible for the questions to go forward -- and
reproved audience members who applauded when she finally relinquished the mic. He was at his absolute best with a couple of right-wing trolls who tried to put him on the spot, turning the tables them beautifully!
He was constantly moving back and forth across the stage, using no lectern or props -- just some notes for the second half-hour, which was a formal speech (the transcript of that section of the program is now posted on the FOK website). But when people handed him props, he was a master of improv! Someone passed him a recent article from Ann Coulter's Cornell Review
, and Keith examined it for a moment while the water bottle in his other hand tipped, spilling water on the floor.
Keith laid the Coulter tabloid over the puddle like a paper towel and then tapped it with his toe, to soak up the water. He pronounced it able to absorb quickly -- unlike Ann!
There were so many wonderful moments in those two hours with Keith. I hope someone's uploading a halfway decent bootleg of it to YouTube as I write this!