Today’s UpTake: Obama Aplenty, And Carlson Gives A Hoot For Horner

Tom Horner accepts former MN Governor Arne Carlson's endorsement for Governor.

Barack Obama has been called America’s first president to master the digital media, so the amount of live videos of the President that his White House unveils every day should come as no surprise. You can watch most of them here on The UpTake. Today at noon the President delivers his “back to school” address for the nation’s book-toting youth. Catch yesterday’s videos of Obama recognizing NCAA champion student athletes at the White House; his discussion on economics at a backyard town hall meeting in Fairfax, Virginia, and his words at a reception for Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

The big news in Minnesota politics yesterday was former Governor Arne Carlson’s sunny endorsement of Independent party gubernatorial candidate Tom Horner. Both are consider moderates who, until recently, considered the Republican party home. The endorsement could give Horner a major boost in the polls, where the Independent is trailing GOP candidate Tom Emmer and DFL’er Mark Dayton. Speaking of which, catch the replay of Dayton’s appearance yesterday at a candidate forum sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal was in Minneapolis last night stumping for Emmer. Former President Bill Clinton will appear in town tonight for Dayton. Access is largely closed to the media, but we’ll keep you posted on what we learn.

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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