LOS ANGELES - When a reserved Hawaiian prep school graduate named Barry Obama arrived on the well-manicured campus of Occidental College in the fall of 1979, sophomore Mark Parsons gained more than a new dorm mate. He gained a smoking buddy.
"He wasn't talking about becoming the leader of the free world," said Heninger, Obama's friend from the dorm. "He was talking about, I felt, being a responsible citizen. A lot of us were like that at Oxy. You were kind of turned on to doing something with your life."
Howie P.S.: Relive the glory days of the Denver convention with David Goldstein's "Podcasting Liberally returns" (audio, 48:07). At the time of the podcast the St. Paul gathering was just cranking up and nobody present had plans to attend, so the conversation was, by definition, more derivative. To his credit, Goldy produced a fine rant about Joe LIEberman that Joel Connelly counters with a "fair and balanced" appraisal.