On July 13, 2009, President Obama spoke at a gathering of folks interested in urban and metropolitan policy to, as described in the White House Press Office release, ” . . . address the next steps in development of an urban and metropolitan agenda.” The full text of the release is available at http://bit.ly/TWV5Q . The question now is whether this event will be rembered as a beginning of substantive work on addressing urban and metropolitan policy or as the event during which a teleprompter fell apart while President Obama was speaking. For a video of the telpepromter crash see http://bit.ly/lu1zx .