The 2016 election has been called “unprecedented” and “unlike any other,” but seasoned journalist Bob Woodward had a lot to say at the 2016 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo about lessons learned from past administrations and what they can teach us about present-day politics.
Realtor® members packed a conference room at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC, to hear Woodward offer insights on the current election and get a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings in Washington.
Calling the next presidency a “pivot point” in our nation’s history, Woodward said, “the next president is going to determine so much for this country, so much for this world, so much for individuals and how we look at ourselves.”
Best known for exposing the Watergate scandal during the Presidency of Richard Nixon, Woodward said that political observers should do more to learn about the presidential candidates. Sharing stories about Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, Woodward encouraged people to tune out “self-reflection” in the media that’s driven by horserace politics and day-to-day buzz.
Instead, Woodward reminded the audience that “the Presidency is a trust,” urging them to do the work that’s required to earn a full understanding of the presidential candidates.
But Woodward had more to offer than his political experience. He also talked about the value of tenacity in achieving a goal.
Woodward’s advice for Realtors®: “Just show up.”
For their part, Realtors® showed up to the event with plenty of advice to offer the seasoned journalist as well. Woodward probed members of the audience on real estate trends in their communities and joked that even NAR President Tom Salomone offered tips on Florida condos while he was waiting backstage.
To that end, Woodward compared the success of agents who get out and meet people in the community to the struggles of those who “never leave the office,” causing heads to nod throughout the ballroom.
Woodward also urged Realtors® to learn from their mistakes as well as their successes, reminding the audience that “you never know what you don’t know.”
Bob Woodward is the author of numerous books, including his latest, “The Last of the President’s Men.” Woodward is the winner of two Pulitzer prizes for his reporting.