Hi it’s Shaimaa here in the city of firsts. The reason Kokomo aquired this title is because so many things have been invented here; most important of all is America’s first car. Kokomo has Elwood Haynes to thank for that as well as many other industrial and automotive inventions.
The auto industry is one of the reasons why we chose Kokomo to be our location for the 100th day of the Obama presidency program. The other reason is that we wanted to know what effect the Obama adminstration has had so far on small town America. I’ve just arrived and haven’t been around town just yet but from my ride in and short walk around my hotel, Kokomo is very close to what I imagined it, even though it’s joined together by wide streets it has a very cosy feeling about it. People know each other and are very friendly.
The first friendly person I met was Steve the gentleman who drove me from Indianapolis to Kokomo. On the way I told him what we were doing in town and asked him about his impressions of teh Obama administration so far. ” I don’t like the socialist direction things are going in” he told me and when I asked him to whether this was about the heathcare system or the banks bailout and the call for further regulation by the government he just said “all of the above”.
It was clear Steve was not an Obama enthusiast and had alot of reservations about teh Obama policies not least the fact that he set a date for teh US troops to leave Iraq. But mainly it was the economy and the way the way th egovernment. according to him, was now trying to take control of the banks through the bailout. I know we had many bailout conversations on World Have Your Say and it seems that these conversations are still going on.
Look out for more Kokomo updates from me as I take a tour around town tomorrow. We’ll also be in Indianapolis on Thursday and Friday doing programs for WFYI, if you are arround join us for Friday’s show from teh Anthenaeum Theatre.