Free birth control pills or school choice? Berkowitz with Obama senior adviser Dan Shomon, Cable and on the web

Jeff Berkowitz: And, then [Barack Obama] said, “You know, Jeff, I am against school vouchers.” It was the saddest moment of my life to see Barack Obama say something that wasn’t true. Because, I could have played him that tape, as he said—

Dan Shomon [Barack Obama adviser]: Well, I don’t remember, but you can play me the tape afterward with him saying that.

Jeff Berkowitz: But, you see the point, Barack Obama was Richard Nixon, who went to [Red] China. Barack Obama, bi-racial, transcended politics, transcended race, could have said to the [teachers’] unions, “I’m sorry. I can’t support you on this one. We’re going to have school vouchers-school choice because I care so much about the kids [Please continue reading this transcript, below]

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This week's Chicago Suburban edition of Public Affairs, featuring Dan Shomon, Barack Obama senior adviser and PR consultant debating and discussing with show host Jeff Berkowitz what went wrong with the Obama presidency, his chances for re-election and much, much more, airs tonight in 24 North and Northwest Chicago suburbs at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 19 or Cable Ch. 35  (See, below, for a detailed airing schedule of the show).

You can also watch the show with long time Obama adviser and PR/Campaign consultant Dan Shomon here 24/7  

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You can also watch the show in the North Shore suburbs tomorrow night and next Monday night at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 19, airing in  Winnetka and nine other North Shore suburbs (See, below, for a detailed airing schedule).

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You can also watch the show with long time President Obama adviser and PR/Political Campaign consultant Dan Shomon  throughout the City of Chicago next Monday night at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 21 (CANTV).

You can also watch the show with Obama adviser/PR consultant/campaign consultant Dan Shomon throughout the City of Rockford this Thursday night (June 28) at 8:30 pm on Rockford Cable Ch. 17. 

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The "Public Affairs" show featuring once and future Obama adviser Dan Shomon airs tomorrow night in its new, regular, twice weekly (Monday and Wednesday) slot at 8:30 pm on Comcast Cable Ch. 19 in ten North Shore suburbs:  Bannockburn, Deerfield, Ft. Sheridan, Glencoe, Highland Park, Highwood, Kenilworth, Lincolnshire, Riverwoods and Winnetka.

The Public Affairs show featuring once and future Obama adviser Dan Shomon  airs tonight at 8:30 pm on Comcast Cable on

Ch. 19 in Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, parts of Inverness, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Northfield, Palatine, Rolling Meadows and Wilmette.

and on

Comcast Cable Ch. 35 in Arlington Heights, Bartlett, Glenview, Golf, Des Plaines, Hanover Park, Mt. Prospect, Northbrook, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights, Schaumburg, Skokie, Streamwood and Wheeling.

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Jeff Berkowitz: …Do I care more about this woman at Georgetown [Law School] getting free birth control pills or do I care more about the kids in the City of Chicago, in Detroit, in New York City—

Dan Shomon: But, that wasn’t the issue

Jeff Berkowitz: No, that is the issue.

Dan Shomon: The issue there was the Catholic—

Jeff Berkowitz: I only have so much time if I am President of the United States; If I am Barack Obama or I am Dan Shomon, I can put my time into helping the Georgetown [law school] woman who wants to get free birth control pills and is going to be making $150,000 a year next year or I can help the kids in the City of Chicago learn how to read, write and do math [kids who] have one parent, who have gangs shooting around them.

Dan Shomon: Um-um

Jeff Berkowitz: Where should my time go, Dan

Dan Shomon: Well, I think that’s—

Jeff Berkowitz: To the Georgetown woman or to the kids who are impoverished? I am going with the kids who are impoverished.

Dan Shomon: Well, when you are presenting that option, what is Mitt Romney’s plan for the inner city?

Jeff Berkowitz: I hope it’s school choice-school vouchers. I hope it is charter schools.

Dan Shomon: And school choice alone will not solve our societal ills.

Jeff Berkowitz: It’s a damn good start. It’s a damn good start.

Dan Shomon: It you think that’s going to solve—if kids don’t have enough food to go to school—they have empty stomachs

Jeff Berkowitz: You’ve been giving them food for the last twenty years, but we’ve been putting them in failing schools, so let’s try giving them food and there’s nothing inconsistent Dan, you can have vouchers and give kids food.

Dan Shomon: I am for school choice. And, I think that charter schools are good.

Jeff Berkowitz: School vouchers-school choice?

Dan Shomon: I am not necessarily for vouchers.

Jeff Berkowitz: Because you know, because you know Dan, you know in your heart they are right, but you can’t do it. Barack Obama sat here [and said here] on June 27, 2002 in your chair, but not in this studio, because we were in Winnetka then, as you know, because you helped get him here—

Dan Shomon: Yes, correct.

Jeff Berkowitz: What did he say?  He said, Jeff, I will do anything- I will do anything that will improve the quality of education for the kids in the inner city [public schools].

Dan Shomon: Um-um.

Jeff Berkowitz: He said those conditions are intolerable. And, I said, [you will do] even school vouchers, school choice? And, you know what he said, Dan? He said, “Everything has to be on the table.” A year later [July, 2003] I asked him when he was [then] a declared candidate for the U. S. Senate in the Democratic Primary

Dan Shomon: What he thought about that?

Jeff Berkowitz: And, then [Barack Obama] said, “You know, Jeff, I am against school vouchers.” It was the saddest moment of my life to see Barack Obama say something that wasn’t true. Because, I could have played him that tape, as he said—

Dan Shomon: Well, I don’t remember, but you can play me the tape afterward with him saying that.

Jeff Berkowitz: But, you see the point, Barack Obama was Richard Nixon, who went to [Red] China. Barack Obama, bi-racial, transcended politics, transcended race, could have said to the [teachers’] unions, “I’m sorry. I can’t support you on this one. We’re going to have school vouchers-school choice because I care so much about the kids in the City of Chicago [public schools] who aren’t learning how to read and write.”  And, you know, it’s not too late, it’s not too late, he’s President at least for what- six more months?

Dan Shomon: Um-um.

Jeff Berkowitz: Eight more months.  And, he might be President for the next four years. .

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