Tom King to Present President Grant in Chautauqua Oct. 17
As the presidential election approaches, one famous past President will make an appearance at Doane College.
Instructional Design Professor Tom King will present a Chautauqua speech titled “An Evening with President U.S. Grant, 18th President of the United States” at 7 pm on Wednesday, October 17 in the Whitcomb Lee Conservatory on the School of Arts and Sciences campus in Crete.
For the event, King will impersonate Grant at the end of his second term as President of the United States. He will discuss the issues that the country was facing and give the audience a better understanding of who President Grant was.
“He was a fairly average guy, but a remarkable leader,” King said. “Grant was more popular than Abraham Lincoln ever was, but in modern time Grant has fallen by the wayside.”
King is currently teaching an Honors class at Doane which focuses on the upcoming presidential election.
“There are many things that happened during Grant’s presidency that are happening now,” King said. “When he (Grant) ran for president in 1868, the biggest issue was the national debt.”
King said President Grant may have left a negative impression in the minds of some Americans, but his presentation will argue those ideas.
“I try to show President Grant, warts and all,” King said. “I’m going to defend his administration. I will actually become Grant for you for 30 minutes.”
Following the Chautauqua presentation, King will do a question-and-answer session as President Grant. The event will end with a question-and-answer session with King answering as himself.
The event is free and open to the public.