renowned white house press corps reporter helen thomas and political analyst craig crawford to speak at valencia

Renowned White House press corps reporter Helen Thomas and political analyst Craig Crawford will speak at Valencia’s West Campus Feb. 17 and 18 on a swing through Central Florida to promote their new book, “Listen Up, Mr. President: Everything You Always Wanted Your President to Know and Do.”

 Since John F. Kennedy’s presidency, Helen Thomas has directly covered more presidents than any journalist working today. An iconic figure in White House coverage, she is known for her famous press conference closing line, “Thank you, Mr. President.” From her long and illustrious vantage point, she has seen presidents succeed and fail. 

 Together with Craig Crawford, they impart lessons to future presidents, and those who vote for them in a book that is part history, part practical advice manual. “Listen Up, Mr. President: Everything You Always Wanted Your President to Know and Do” (Scribner) is a witty lesson plan of what it takes to be a good president.

 Craig Crawford is a columnist for Congressional Quarterly’s “CQ Politics,” a contributing analyst for NBC News, MSNBC, and CNBC, and a regular guest on “Imus in the Morning.” He is the author ofAttack the Messenger” and “The Politics of Life.”  He also has roots in Central Florida, having graduated from Stetson University, Stetson University Law School and was a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel. 

 These two veteran reporters will present a lively exchange as they interview each other, share insights from their careers, and answer questions from the audience. Thomas and Crawford will speak Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. followed by a book signing at 7 p.m. at the Special Events Center, Bldg. 8 of Valencia’s West Campus.  They will speak again Thursday, Feb. 18 at 9 a.m. followed by a book signing at 10 a.m. in the same location.  Both sessions are free and open to the public.  Copies of their new book will be available for purchase at a discount both days.   

 Valencia’s West Campus is located at 1800 South Kirkman Road.  For more information on Thomas or Crawford, visit or  

 SOURCE: Valencia News, February 3, 2010, Marketing and Strategic Communications, Valencia Community College, 407-582-1017