AFSA Elections: Town Hall Video, May 8, 2009

This took reeaallly longer than I expected. Blogger would not take any video over 100 MB, so I had to cut the original video into two parts then convert the files into something that my blog host would not spit out. Uploading these videos is a different matter altogether. Let’s just say I had a pork leg done, served and eaten by the time these things were viewable here. Really. I don’t think I’ll do this again.

Video is from a 364 MB file in .mwv format posted in the website. Click if you want to download the original version. If you want to skip the hassle, check out the videos below. I inserted a top screen at the start of Part 2 for labeling purposes only.

Below is Part 1 of the town hall meeting ending right after Chris Trimmen’s 2-minute election pitch (62 MB; 00:46:59):

Below is Part 2 of the town hall, starting with Carleton Bulkin’s 2-minute pitch until the conclusion of the meeting (45.6 MB; 00:32.07). The Q&A starts at 00:11:40.

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Officially In: Capricia Marshall to Protocol (S/CPR)

Yesterday, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Capricia Penavic Marshall, for Chief of Protocol (S/CPR), with the rank of Ambassador during her tenure of service, Department of State.

Capricia Penavic Marshall has had an extensive career in public service. In 1992, after graduating from Case Western University School of Law, she joined Governor Bill Clinton’s Presidential campaign as Special Assistant to Hillary Rodham Clinton. Upon entering the White House in 1993, Marshall served as Special Assistant to the First Lady, traveling extensively and coordinating her agenda, meetings and public appearances.

In October 1997, at the age of 32, Marshall was appointed Deputy Assistant to the President and Social Secretary to the White House, becoming the youngest Social Secretary in recent history. Marshall’s official responsibilities included the planning and execution of all White House international and domestic events. Marshall continued working with President Clinton helping to advance his work in policy, politics and community initiatives.

In 2001, she began working as a consultant to a number of nonprofit and private sector organizations. In 2006, Marshall joined the re-election efforts for Senator Hillary Clinton, and subsequently joined Senator Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign. As Senior Advisor, she led the Surrogate Speakers Program and helped coordinate women’s outreach.

In 2008, Marshall became Executive Director of Hillpac and Friends of Hillary and is currently overseeing the closure of both committees. A first generation American and native of Cleveland, Ohio, Marshall graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Studies. She studied at the University of Madrid for a year and traveled extensively through Europe. Marshall holds a law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Me: In 1998, when Ms. Marshall at 33 became the social secretary for then First Lady Hillary Clinton, the NYT had this to say: “Ms. Marshall the ticklish task of implementing the style of a First Lady like none before her — one with a career, a mind and a mouth of her own.” Must have done a great job to get invited back.

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Obama Protocol Chief Capricia Marshall Makes a State Splash (9/2009)

Wanted: AFSA 2.0

Holy mother of goat and all her crazy nephews! I see a rant coming!

Somebody sent me a link to the video of the recent AFSA election town hall meeting. The only problem is it’s a huge file – 364 MB (even You-Tube would not take more than 100 MB).

With my “fast” ADSL connection, it still takes 48 minutes to simply open and view the video (which is 1:19:02 in length). C’mon guys, you can do better than this. This is worse than trying to view those senate confirmation hearing videos.

Imagine an FSO in Ouga or one of the -stans trying to do this with a dial up! I knitted a whole thingy for the cat while waiting for this to play! You could have placed this file in a compressed zip folder and put the video file inside or converted the WMV file into a lower bit rate, and corresponding lower quality for a much smaller file.

Next time — when it comes to file size, think small.

I’m trying to see if I can compress this into a smaller file and upload the video here. Ugh! If you want to view/download this file yourself, it’s here:

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SFRC Hearings: Jeffrey Feltman, Robert Blake

111th Congress

Date: Thursday, May 14, 2009
Time: 9:45 A.M.
Place: 419 Dirksen Senate Building
Presiding: Senator Casey


The Honorable Jeffrey D. Feltman
to be Assistant Secretary of State
for Near Eastern Affairs

Robert Orris Blake, Jr.
to be Assistant Secretary of State
for South Asian Affairs

To view the video of the confirmation hearings, click on the heading “NOMINATIONS” on this page and the Committee Channel should pop up.

Updated 5/15:
Links to testimonies added; all pdf files