One thing I have decided: 2-president event will be cool

Four years ago, when Ohio was in the crosshairs of McCain vs. Obama, there was an event here in town with the latter candidate.

My cousin was more excited for me than I was. He was stunned when I said I had not planned on going; and further, did not have one bit of interest.

“I can’t believe you don’t want to just be there,” he said.

Going would violate two principal “Rules of Franko.”

I’ve never been excited anytime with “just being.” I rarely sit and watch Sunday football for more than 10 minutes. But I’d play football in a minute.

Participating has always had more allure than peering. The canned nature of political events is for me like watching a football game, or worse, because you already know the final score of the speech — “we’re good; they’re not.”

Compound that quirk with a disdain for crowded events. Crowds annoy me — from the car lines to the beer lines to the urinal lines.

I’d rather have a rash, a flu and host Dave Betras (all at the same time) than be in a 20,000-person crowd.

So that’s what I think of when I think of a presidential event.

But Monday is unique.

I’m excited for Monday when Presidents Clinton and Obama are here.

Now before you get too excited, I’ll repeat what I’ve said: I’m a solid purpler.

And I still have not decided who gets my vote.

For me, Obama wasted too much TARP cash on government staffing. And with Romney, I don’t understand how the state that elected him governor will not elect him president.

So I’m not excited for Monday’s politics; but for the event.

On a cool scale, it surpasses Elton, McGraw and Manilow for the city.

One president? Yawn; it happens.


It’s like landing Manilow and Elton and McGraw in the same show.

I just hope Mother Nature agrees, and lets it happen.

If she does, stay with The Vindicator for the fastest, freshest and most extensive coverage of Monday (regardless of what any TV commercials might tell you.)

I had the privilege of watching two great teams at work Friday — The Vindy and the Covelli.

Dave Skolnick, Mark Sweetwood and a cast of others have powered our operations at The Vindy.

We have a special Web page set, a special Twitter plan and empowered print editions created by the most talented on-scene staff.

We’ll be covering this better than Jim Cantore covers this Frankenmonster.

Skolnick will be joined on- scene by reporter Ashley Luthern, editorial page editor Dennis Mangan, columnist Bertram de Souza, photographers Bob Yosay and Bill Lewis (and me).

I had to be at Covelli Centre on Friday for two events, and that place was just buzzing.

Here’s their four-day weekend: youth hockey, Phantoms hockey, Disney’s “Phineas and Ferb” show, and Bill and Barack.

If you’re to believe the chatter, it’s jaw-dropping:

Three Secret Service tours in one day. “If a mouse gets inside here, it will be stunning,” said one.

Perimeter downtown security tours; closed parking lots; closed bridges; river inspections, and more.

Monday will not be a normal Monday for the city and the region.

And it will be fun to be part of it all.

Todd Franko is editor of The Vindicator. He likes e-mails about stories and our newspaper. E-mail him at He blogs, too, on And on Twitter at @toddfranko.

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