Politics Take Center Stage in Sunday Keynote
By jack.flynn on Sep 21, 2008
Exerpt from the official daily newspaper from Oracle Magazine and Profit. By Rich Schwerin.
With just 40 days to the election, U.S. presidential politics took center stage in the opening keynote of Oracle OpenWorld 2008, as political couple Mary Matalin and James Carville entertained a capacity crowd with their bitingly humorous presentation. The evening began with a special address by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, an environmentally focused presentation from actor and activist Ed Begley Jr., and a warm welcome from Oracle President Safra Catz.
“Welcome to the City and County of San Francisco,” said Mayor Newsom, “or as some call it, 47 square miles surrounded by reality.” He praised Oracle’s efforts to produce the greenest Oracle OpenWorld ever by reducing, reusing, and recycling whenever possible.
“We’re not going to fight, we don’t fight,” said Matalin, who addressed the crowd first. “What works best for us today is we just ignore each other.” She then introduced her husband as “Corporal Cueball.”
“This election is beyond historically fascinating. What we’re seeing is incomprehensible. There has never been an election cycle like this,” said Carville. “Think about all the money raised, the confluence of historical events during the race.”
Before closing their keynote, Carville and Matalin took a handful of questions from the audience, with topics ranging from Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart to the role of humor and lobbyists in politics.
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