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I'm leaving #SXSW and we haven't talked about @ElaineChao yet.
She started the event 15 min late and spoke from the podium for about 15 min. The top part was a "thoughts and prayers" statement about Ethiopian Airlines. No strong action here from the person overseeing FAA! ...
But what happened next was better. She sat down to be interviewed BY A MEMBER OF HER STAFF where she repeated her statement.
(Her statement was about the differences between ✈️🚆🚗 and how jurisdictions under her department overlap and are complicated and shouldn't be. Pretty heavy stuff. 🙄)
After her staffer and she made scooter jokes and then repeated that 🚎 are different than ✈️, it was over.

So what is unclear is why she came all the way to Texas to say obvious and vapid things when you can do that in Washington? Now granted, @USDOT had some pretty impressive stuff and some good panels. But why was she there?
My bigger beef is with @sxsw: why let the highest ranking member of govt attending g not have to take a single question? Why let that happen?
It's may seem small, but this acceptance that your govt can show up in a place of ideas and pontificate unquestioned is exactly what erodes democracy. Next time, say no @sxsw. I realize other panels do it, but we all know senior gov officials are different.
In conclusion, @sxsw @austintexasgov you are rock stars. @USDOT sorry your boss repped you so badly.

But #SXSW : do better at questioning our leaders especially when they are the leaders with oversight responsibility of the "planes falling out of the sky" problem.
PS for context, she was in a smaller room (like 400, about 2/3 full) which is good attendance for a 10am time slot which is like dawn #SXSW time.

And ALL panels take questions. President Obama took questions. That's the point.
Apologies for typos. Typing while boarding (an Airbus) and juggling ☕
I just couldn't let this go because in all my time in DC I have never seen a govt leader publicly decide it's a good idea to have their staff interview them. But I guess I'd never met @ElaineChao!
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