Spencer Truman

Spencer Truman is a fictional character from the soap opera One Life to Live. He was played by Paul Satterfield from May 25, 2005, to January 30, 2007. Satterfield has reprised the role in the form of a ghost through characters Miles Laurence and John McBain, several times in 2007. Austin Williams played a young Spencer in a 2008 storyline in which the characters Bo and Rex find themselves 1968. Brilliant Dr. Spencer Truman comes to Llanview, Pennsylvania, in 2005. In some way "wronged" by Spencer in the past, they are determined to find a way to keep him away from those they love and get him out of town; the somewhat sinister Spencer makes it clear. Spencer performs an operation on young Jack Manning. Blair, however, is still wrapped up with her ex-husband, Todd Manning. Obsessed with winning Blair's love for himself, Spencer frames Todd for the murder of Margaret Cochran. Throughout Todd's grueling murder trial, Spencer makes Blair question Todd's innocence and seduces her. Todd is sent to death row.

Spencer manages to revive Todd. In addition to faking Margaret's death, Spencer had secretly delivered her son, whose biological father is Todd. Spencer blackmails Paige into keeping the secret. Spencer had murdered John and Dr. Michael McBain's father, Thomas McBain, 25 years earlier and had managed to convince both David and Paige that they had been complicit. Spencer puts Todd and Margaret's baby up for adoption, the boy ends up with Michael McBain and his wife Marcie Walsh, who are unaware of his origins. Spencer's true motivation for returning to Llanview is revealed to be a vendetta against Asa Buchanan. David and Spencer's mother Emma Bradley-Truman had been one of Asa's wife Renee Divine's bordello girls, on her deathbed had told Spencer that Asa is his biological father. Spencer vows destroy Asa's family piece by piece. Blair catches on to Spencer's crimes, after Todd's failed execution becomes determined to redeem herself in Todd's eyes and stop Spencer once and for all, she spies on Spencer, drugging him and recording their conversations in hopes that he will slip up and incriminate himself.

Blair and John McBain succeed in getting Spencer jailed. Spencer seems to suffer a psychological breakdown, he makes an insanity plea, fooling court-appointed psychiatrist Marty Saybrooke into believing he is unfit to stand trial. A vengeful Todd abducts Spencer, determined to torture him to death, but ends up sending Spencer and Blair off a building rooftop by accident. While recuperating in the hospital in early 2007, Spencer descends deeper and deeper into his own private obsession, obsessing over Blair. One night he sneaks into Blair's nearby hospital room, drugging her and preparing to marry her, but is murdered during the attempt on January 26, 2007; the killer is revealed to be Lindsay Rappaport, who had killed Spencer to protect Marcie McBain, whom she loved like a daughter, from losing her adopted son Tommy should the truth come out that he is Todd's son. After Spencer's death, Miles Laurence — younger brother of villain Mitch Laurence — comes to town in February 2007. Miles had been a longtime patient of Spencer's, whose surgical genius had fixed Miles' grotesquely deformed facial features.

The sheltered Miles, having lived his entire life in hospitals and institutions, believed Spencer to be his only friend. He listened to Spencer's posthumous messages and followed Spencer's instructions to take revenge on all of Spencer's enemies themselves. Miles has Todd assaulted and abducted, he keeps the secret of Tommy McBain's paternity. After Miles' scheme to force Marty to become his wife falls apart, a remorseful Miles realizes the extent of Spencer's misdeeds and gives up Spencer's final secret, revealing to Blair that Tommy is Todd and Margaret's missing son. Paul Satterfield as Spencer Spencer Truman profile –

Jeremy Bird

Jeremy Bird is an American political strategist who has worked for the political campaigns of Barack Obama. Bird grew up in High Ridge, the son of two financially struggling Baptists. Bird attended Wabash College, graduating with a major in religion in 2000, before earning a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School in 2002, he took classes at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, including a class with political organizer Marshall Ganz. While at Harvard, Bird became involved in a campaign to advocate for increased education spending, earned experience as a mediator with the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. During the 2004 presidential election, Bird worked for the campaigns of John Kerry; when Barack Obama announced his candidacy in 2007, Bird joined the campaign as the field director for South Carolina. Bird encouraged his campaign workers to engage voters in places like barber shops and beauty salons, this strategy was used nationwide by the campaign.

Obama's victory in the South Carolina primary proved to be an important step in him winning the Democratic nomination. Following the successful South Carolina primary, Bird was promoted to Deputy National Field Director of the campaign. A month after the election took place, Bird and a team of field experts and data analysts conducted a study of the 2008 campaign. During this study, Bird concluded that contact with enthusiastic volunteers and workers was more effective at mobilizing voters than TV ads or mail. Bird served as the deputy director of Organizing for America. During Obama's 2012 re-election campaign, Bird served as the National Field Director. After Obama's re-election, Bird co-founded a political consulting firm. Bird's consulting partner is Mitch Stewart. One of Bird's first post-2012 clients was Cory Booker, who won a 2013 special election to become New Jersey's junior senator. In 2013, Ready for Hillary, a group dedicated to setting up the campaign infrastructure of a potential Hillary Clinton presidential run in 2016, announced that they had hired 270 Strategies.

The move was seen as a potential sign that a Clinton campaign might share many of the personnel of the Obama campaigns, including Bird. Bird founded Battleground Texas, an organization devoted to making Texas politics competitive. Additionally, Bird helped found iVote, a Super PAC dedicated helping Democrats win Secretary of State races. During the 2015 Israeli elections, Bird advised the group V15, which sought to defeat Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he has advised the center-left NDP in the run-up to the 2015 Canadian federal election. Twitter account Bird on CSPAN Essays on The Huffington Post