Highlights of Gary Johnson’s Speech at University of Illinois Now on YouTube

On April 3, 2013, Gary Johnson and Judge Jim Gray visited the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) as part of their nationwide college campus tour. The event was sponsored and hosted by the UIUC  Young Americans for Liberty. The highlights of both of their speeches can be found on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6x53aSED9g

20 thoughts on “Highlights of Gary Johnson’s Speech at University of Illinois Now on YouTube

  1. paulie

    Chris, have you tried entering the URL only without the a href part? Just enter it exactly as it appears with no code at all. Call me if you are online, I’ll try to talk you through it.

  2. paulie

    I’m on my way to get to these out west but have been held up enroute. I left B’ham on Sunday afternoon to make it to the speech in Albuquerque and from there was going to see about finding a ride or catching more buses to Denver/Boulder, possibly Laramie and definitely Salt Lake.

    Well, the bus was late out of B’ham so I missed a connection in Dallas, which would have put me getting to Albuquerque on Tuesday morning after the event with not enough time to get to the Colorado event, so I had to buy a second ticket to from Amarillo to Denver. Not sure yet whether I will be able to get the Amarillo to Albuquerque portion reimbursed, different Greyhound employees seem to have different opinions.

    So I took the bus from Dallas, and had a long layover in a small town called Big Spring, TX. Then I got to Amarillo at 1 am this morning and they told me buses to Denver are cancelled all day today, they will probably run on Wednesday but they are not sure what time on Wednesday and not even 100% sure it will even be Wednesday yet.

    So at this point it is too late for me to get to the Colorado event, which is tonight, and while it may be technically possible to get to Laramie tomorrow if the bus runs at 3 AM tonight, getting both there and Salt Lake the next day looks like it will be a huge hassle, so Salt Lake is the only one I am going to try to make at this point…college speech Thursday night, Liberty Strategy conference over the weekend.

    Oh and I somehow managed to leave my toiletry bag at the Birmingham station, so now I will have to figure out some way to buy all that stuff for the trip until I get back.

    Oh well, time to go pig out at the Big Texan http://www.bigtexan.com/ which is half a mile from here and drown my travel frustration in tasty dead flesh 🙂

    With some luck I’ll be able to report from Utah. We’ll see if I can get that lucky.

    This is an extreme long shot so I’m not in any way expecting any luck with this, but if anyone is headed that way and passing through anywhere where I’ll be at a ride would be really awesome. 415-690-6352, I get phone signal more places than I get internet on the trip.

  3. Krzysztof Lesiak Post author

    I haven’t found the full speech for Gary Johnson from U of I. Hopefully the full speeches from his other college visits will be uploaded to YouTube soon.

  4. Andy

    paulie said: “Oh well, time to go pig out at the Big Texan http://www.bigtexan.com/ which is half a mile from here and drown my travel frustration in tasty dead flesh 🙂 ”

    Big Texan Steakhouse. Yum, yum. Best steakhouse I’ve ever been to.

  5. paulie

    You’d love this place then. I like it charred on the outside, rare and bloody on the inside 🙂

    I have eaten here many times and try to make a point of stopping here anytime I’m going anywhere close. I’ve even gone way out of my way to eat there. Including this time..I could have gotten a motel close to the bus station, but I figured since I’m in Amarillo I may as well stay near there. I thought about actually staying there (they have their own motel) but a half mile each way to save $33/night seemed like not too far, plus if I don’t want to walk there’s a “free” limo to take people to and from the restaurant.

    So now that I’ve finally washed a few days of road grime off (still no toothpaste, razor, etc…grrrrr), it’s finally time for me to go there.

    I’ll talk at y’all when I get back 😀

  6. Andy

    paulie said: “So now that I’ve finally washed a few days of road grime off (still no toothpaste, razor, etc…grrrrr), it’s finally time for me to go there.

    I’ll talk at y’all when I get back 😀 ”

    Oh man, I’m jealous. The Big Texan Steakhouse is one of my favorite restaurants. I was disappointed the last time I ate there when I found out that they took rattlesnake off the menu, even so, it is still a “must eat at” place if you are ever in Amarillo.

  7. paulie

    Yes it was all that and no bag of chips needed because I’m already stuffed (falling off the wagon never felt so good…and the waitress might be up for hanging out after she gets off work)…

    The rattlesnake..meh…I had it there once and it was way too bony. I had rattlesnake other places and it’s always bony as hell, but the Big Texan’s rattlesnake the one time I had it was so bony I had no interest in trying it again.

    The limo: not running til 5pm which kinda sucks, because the Best Value Inn that I’m at, which surprisingly enough for a motel this cheap has a shuttle, will expressly not go the Big Texan because they have the “free” limo. If I had known I would have asked them to take me to Xcel Energy right next to the Texan 😛

    So anyway, yes, I walked the half mile to get there, which was well worth it, but I did take the limo back due to the cold, super-windy day here (by Amarillo standards).

    Oh and I had 81 ounces of their Whiskey Barrel Stout (which is probably why I am posting all this unnecessary detail), a 24 oz prime rib rare, chili, okra, several whole jalapenos and coffee, plus lots of water.

    BTW don’t judge, I’ve been eating a lot less lately (other than this, and it was my only meal today), and walking more…unless the waitress decides to come over and be my midnight snack…but if she was just hustling me for a tip that’s all good too.

    To get back semi on topic:

    The Johnson Tour booked me a room for Th-Fri-Sat so now it’s just a matter of getting to Utah.

    Oh, and, if possible, back to Alabama, especially since I left my toiletry bag there. Doh!

  8. paulie

    Oh man, I’m jealous. The Big Texan Steakhouse is one of my favorite restaurants.

    Go ahead and be jealous, it is that good 🙂

    On the other hand: I’m jealous of everybody else right now that is not a thousand miles + away from their toothbrush, toothpaste, razor, etc., etc., and not getting screwed around all kinds of different ways by the Greyhound corporation.

  9. paulie

    Might be easier to do when I’m online but we’ll see what we can do.

    Back now as you can tell, so call me at your convenience. If the waitress does actually come over after work I won’t be taking calls then. She said she’s off at ten.

  10. just asking

    @3,

    What is Gary Johnson saying at these speeches that is so mind-blowing you’d greyhound half the country to be there? I don’t get it.

  11. paulie

    What is Gary Johnson saying at these speeches that is so mind-blowing you’d greyhound half the country to be there? I don’t get it.

    Nothing at his speeches. It’s standard campaign stuff that I have watched on youtube plenty of times. The travel is all about behind the scenes networking.

  12. paulie

    I hope she does come visiting, Paulie!

    Me too, obviously, but internet is obviously working here for now if she doesn’t…

  13. Andy

    paulie said: “The rattlesnake..meh…I had it there once and it was way too bony. I had rattlesnake other places and it’s always bony as hell, but the Big Texan’s rattlesnake the one time I had it was so bony I had no interest in trying it again”

    I liked the rattlesnake. It was cool because it is something you don’t see on restaurant menus very often, plus it really fits in with the location and theme of the restaurant.

    If you are ever in Amarillo, Texas, you simply must stop and eat at The Big Texan Steakhouse (unless you are a vegetarian, then I suppose it is not as big of a deal). There are lots of signs for it, and it is right off the freeway that goes through the heart of the city, so it is hard to miss.

  14. paulie

    unless you are a vegetarian, then I suppose it is not as big of a deal

    The Ribeye has Ft. Worth, Dallas and Houston cuts.

    Not on the menu: the Juarez Norte (aka El Paso) cut, made of goat meat, and the vegetarian Austin Cut. There’s also the South Padre Island cut, which is basically just a vomit stained bikini bottom.

  15. LP Observer

    what were crowd sizes at the various venues in OH, MI, IL, and other places out west. Did some stand out? Were some stinkers?

  16. Rod Stern

    I think each event had a few hundred people.

    Any such events being planned for fall semester yet? I think there is a general plan but I’m not sure it has been made specific yet.

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