Please read our attendance policy before RSVP-ing for this event. This event is co-hosted with the NYC Debate meetup group.
With the Midterm Elections looming, we're also closing in on the final two years of the Obama Administration — a twilight stage for modern two-term Presidents.
The final two years — as characterized by the punditry class as the "lame duck" period — starts the unofficial winding down of an Administration. Many Presidential historians are quickly eager to point to the successes or failures in shaping the incumbent's Presidential legacy.
This month, we'll look back and examine the current Administration's accomplishments — or lack thereof — and debate whether the President's legacy ought to be:
• Praised as a success;
• Criticized for being marred with failures and incompetence; or
• Lukewarmly shrugged off for being mired in mediocrity.
We'll discuss and evaluate the Administration's record with respect to the following three categories:
Topic I. Handling of the economy, commerce, and budgetary matters
Topic II. Domestic policies and programs
Topic III. Foreign policy and international affairs
6:00 to 6:30 - Introductions, Meet and Greet
6:30 to 7:30 - Debate Topic I
7:30 to 8:30 - Debate Topic II
8:30 to 9:30 - Debate Topic III
9:30 to 10:00 - Post-Event Social
- Similar to the televised Presidential "townhall" debate format.
- Approximately six debate participants on each side; the remaining attendees will be part of the townhall audience. There's no mandatory requirement to participate or actively debate -- so attendees can sit back and observe.
- The townhall audience members can also ask questions directly to either debate groups.
- New debate participants will be selected for each of the three topics.
Here's a photo of the building entrance:
Once you enter the building, proceed to the banquet ("Amenities") room, as shown below:
Because the event is held at a private venue, you'll be notified one day before the event with additional information, including the building address.