With confetti at our feet, and the smoke and smell of gunpowder from fireworks still in the air, I talked with Jamal about a variety of topics immediately following Sen. Barack Obama’s historic acceptance speech on Aug. 28, 2008 at INVESCO Field in Denver.
Regarding Sen. Obama’s speech Jamal said, “It was a beautiful speech, there were beautiful images here and what people saw today is somebody who wants to lead America in a new direction, to make sure that we defend ourselves against our enemies and that we talk very directly to people whether we agree with them or not. We saw somebody who wants to have health care and education,” said Mr. Simmons.
As a political analyst, who is often younger than his colleagues in “The Situation Room” on CNN, Jamal says he tries to keep his analysis very simple so that everyone listening and viewing can understand.
“My objective is to make sure that whatever I say is kept plain and is kept to the point where people can understand the point that I am trying to make. I think a lot of times, people are trying to make politics more complicated than it really is. Politics is really very simple. People just want to know "Can I trust you when you’re sitting in that room by yourself when nobody is looking?" and "can I trust you to look out for me and my family?’" Everything else other than that is really just rhetoric.”
(For more information about Jamal Simmons, go to www.jamalsimmons.com)