Lunch Conversation: As House Debates Impeachment, Are People Watching?

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – In Washington DC, all eyes are on Capitol Hill, but are people watching the U.S. House of Representatives debate and vote on whether to impeach President Donald Trump beyond our nation’s capital? And do they care?

University of Louisville doctoral student, Olivia Hahn, was at Logan Street Market in Louisville as the lunch rush was ramping up. Wearing a Christmas sweater, she’s there to enjoy her day off with a friend. The 25-year-old said she cares about Wednesday’s House debate and vote on impeachment.

“I think what happens in the upcoming impeachment is really going to shape everyone’s future coming up,” Hahn said.

However, she won’t be following it today.

“I would rather be in the here and now and spend time with my friend than spend it staring at TV all day,” she said.

Across the market, 44-year-old Tricia Metcalf also had the day off so she shopped before lunch, but, later, she’ll have other plans.

“I’ll be watching it to see what the vote comes out to be,” Metcalf said about the day’s headlines on impeachment.

Taking a lunch break from work, 28-year-old Nestor Rodriguez said he has somewhat followed the news on impeachment. 

“Do I care? Not really, I mean don’t think it matters. Like, it’s an election coming up; it’s not a big deal to me honestly,” Rodriguez said. However, he said he would follow the news and result of today’s vote on his phone.

And behind-the-counter, Alexander Chack, the owner of Cold Smoke Bagels, shared a different tune. 

“Yea, absolutely I care,” the 35-year-old said.

Check said he usually listened to the House impeachment hearings and news while driving.

“You know, as people, we need to care. We have to care, and we have to be informed, and we have to have as much knowledge and information as we can to make good political choices in this country. So yea, I care a lot,” Chack told Spectrum News 1. He said that he won’t follow the news while he works, but, any chance he gets he’ll follow it because he does care.

After 1:00 p.m., the lunch crowd is still steady but slowing down and David Freedman from Atlanta, Ga. sits with family at one of the long lunch tables. He’s in Louisville with his wife visiting family so he didn’t plan to follow today’s debate.

“But I’ve been paying much attention to it. I mean we’re traveling right now, but I know the impeachment is going on today. I watched many of the hearings up to this point,” the 65-year-old said.

But even while on vacation, Freedman said he’ll check the headlines as soon as he gets back to where they are staying in Louisville. He estimated in about half an hour.And behind-the-counter, Alexander Chack, the owner of Cold Smoke Bagels, shared a different tune. 

“Yea, absolutely I care,” the 35-year-old said.

Check said he usually listened to the House impeachment hearings and news while driving.

“You know, as people, we need to care. We have to care, and we have to be informed, and we have to have as much knowledge and information as we can to make good political choices in this country. So yea, I care a lot,” Chack told Spectrum News 1. He said that he won’t follow the news while he works, but, any chance he gets he’ll follow it because he does care.

After 1:00 p.m., the lunch crowd is still steady but slowing down and David Freedman from Atlanta, Ga. sits with family at one of the longer lunch tables. He’s in Louisville with his wife visiting family so he didn’t plan to follow today’s debate.

“But I’ve been paying much attention to it. I mean we’re traveling right now, but I know the impeachment is going on today. I watched many of the hearings up to this point,” the 65-year-old said.

But even while on vacation, Freedman said he’ll check the headlines as soon as he gets back to where they are staying in Louisville. He estimated in about half an hour.