Kelly King got the Knoxville Economics Forum off to a rousing start on Friday, even if some of his assertions were a bit of a stretch. The loquacious chairman of BB&T Corp. brought the right mix of commentary, controversy and insight to the first of what I hope will be a long series of talks by distinguished speakers.
King caught some of those in the Forum’s audience off guard by pushing a political agenda. Clearly, anyone who says voters need to eliminate the “fundamentally socialist” attitude that controls Congress, is being politicial.
At first, I was put off by the tone of King’s remarks. But as I thought about his talk over the weekend it occurred to me that his speech was perfect for the Forum’s first event.