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I'm scheduled to be on MSNBC's 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue tonight in the 6 o'clock hour (Eastern) talking to David Shuster about Obama's town hall today.

By Dan Froomkin  |  February 9, 2009; 12:11 PM ET
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You on MSNBC, shocka!

Posted by: SharpshootingPugilist | February 9, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Great, Dan. I'll look for you.

I've been watching the Elkhart townhall. It was a solid performance, one not roundly appreciated by the theater-obsessed Chris Matthews, who seems to care not one whit for out-of-work voters. Meanwhile, the more judicious Obama has his clients (the American people) to defend from disoriented obstructionists bent on delegitmating Democrats in power.

So an interesting news-story battle is talking shape, one that will pit entrenched insiders like Gingrich against outsiders (mere voters) who have placed their hopes in a new president, now their inside man.

Posted by: paxr55 | February 9, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully you will become a more frequent guest on these shows, old elevating the quality of the jabber. We could use more intelligent analysis along the lines of what people like you and Nate Silver provide.

Posted by: KevPod | February 9, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Awesome Dan, cable political shows need to broaden their ranks past the usual Dem or Rep "strategist".

Posted by: PatD1 | February 9, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

It's about time you started being called to appear on these shows.

I heard you on NPR last week, and almost fell off the chair. I had been wondering who that intelligent person making cogent points, not talking points, was, when they said your name.
Thanks for all you do for common sense!

Posted by: tejanarus55 | February 9, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Dan, I am so happy the political shows are beginning to recognize a solid voice on all the facts out there. Yours is the first article I read on the Post everyday.
Good luck in the future.

Posted by: peggyosc | February 9, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Just saw your segment on Shuster's show, Dan. You seemed noticeably LESS nervous than the last time I saw you doing a TV appearance. Do enough of them and you will discover a personal comfort zone to operate out of.

Now my little nit-picks, they are from the heart though.

First, work on the "umms and ahhs". I know that they can be very difficult to eliminate from our ingrained habits, Toastmasters helped me minimize mine. Try getting your wife and close associates to echo you when they pop out in conversation, typically we do not really notice how often we use filler noise when we talk. Having it brought to our attention when it occurs helps a lot. I will let you know that it does get annoying.

Secondly, be aware that the camera sees all. At the end of the segment you lowered your gaze. Not a big thing but your body language should serve to reinforce what it is that you say. The eye stuff can negate that.

Content wise, you told it like it is, thats gold so leave that part in ;)

Posted by: PatD1 | February 9, 2009 7:19 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry that I didn't see the MSNBC interview. But my computer makes it difficult for me to get a lot of information and besides, I was helping my husband build some bookcases for a client. But I'm looking forward to listening to Obama at 5 pm this evening. Isn't it so refreshing to actually know how our government is operating?

Posted by: sailorflat | February 9, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse

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