The video is available on Time's website here.
Jesse and I start at the 1:10 mark. Here's a partial transcript.
Dan Johnson-Weinberger: My first opportunity to take a class with him came my
second year which was 1998. He taught a class called Voting Rghts.
Narrator: Obama continued to teach, even as he became a state senator,
challenging students to use his political office as an example in class
Dan: He was exceptionally generous with allowing his
political career to sort of be autopsied as an academic exercise.
Narrator: Dan Johnson-Weinberger went on to a career in politics after
finishing his law degree.
Dan: The tough questions that you're kind of not supposed to ask about -- he wanted us to really dig deeply into the intellectual challenge of reconciling competing demands in a campaign finance regime, so he allowed himself to be used as part of the classroom.
Narrator: And, these former students say, the intellectual inquiry they
saw in Professor Obama is what they expect from a President Obama.
Jesse Ruiz: Sometimes you can get lost in the law and the loftiness of what we're
studying and we forget this involves the lives of people. He wouldn't let us
Dan: One of the skills he developed at the University of
Chicago Law School was a real hunger for lots of people presenting new and
innovative and sometimes untested ideas to solve problems. I think the times are
calling for and his campaign was calling for bold change. And I don't think
Washington is a bold place. My hope is that that broken political culture in
Washington really does change.
Jesse: I think the greater gains will be seen long after he leaves office in eight years and that will be a change in the attitude of Americans
The people at Time did an excellent job with the video (and they were kind enough to include a screen shot of my company, Progressive Public Affairs) so please do check out the full video. Apparently CNN ran a story about this video as well.
On related broadcast media news, Beyond the Beltway will be airing their taped year-end program where I represented the Democratic point of view tonight on WLS radio from 6 to 8 pm and on WYCC at 10:30 tonight (as well as on the Comcast cable network over the next few days). I'll also be on a BBC Five Live radio show at 6 pm (Chicago time) Tuesday night with my frequent other-side-of-the-aisle pundit friend Dan Proft discussing how Barack will live up to the lofty expectations an anxious world has put upon his shoulders.