You Are the Situation Room

After 22 years at CNN, Wolf Blitzer, anchor of “The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer,” espoused his experiences and knowledge of the upcoming presidential election, the economy and the challenges ahead. Looking out at the hundreds of attendees, Blitzer referred to the audience as The Situation Room.

It’s going to be a close election in November despite what national polls may be indicating, says Blitzer. And attendees from such battleground states as Ohio, Virginia, Florida and Pennsylvania should brace themselves for an onslaught of political advertising.

Blitzer pointed out how much President Obama has aged since taking office. “Every American president, it’s dramatic how much he’s aged since taking office. If you think your jobs are pressure-filled, imagine being President of the United States.”

Attendees were treated to several video clips from 2012 Republican Presidential Debates moderated by Blitzer. He shared the challenges of moderating such events and keeping the discussion civil and the candidates’ statements accurate.

In speaking about the economy, Blitzer shared some sobering statistics:
* 90,000 U.S. troops remain in Afghanistan, with 65,000 to remain through 2014.
* It’s costing U.S. taxpayers $2 billion per week to maintain troop presence in Afghanistan.
* Unemployment remains at 8.1%, and those finding jobs are underemployed (working jobs with a significant reduction in salary and experience level).
* 1 in every 7 Americans or 13% of the U.S. population receives food stamps each month.

What is President Obama’s biggest challenge going into November’s election? Blitzer says it’s recreating/regenerating the excitement of the election four years ago.

Blitzer concluded his address by saying simply: “I’m blessed to have a front row seat to history.”

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