3 thirty-something men in scarves discuss Obama while waiting for a table outside a bustling brunch spot:
1 - "I found it pretty annoying, the exaggerated sense of how bad it was, the exaggerated sense of how good things are going to get."
Dreadlocked bum - "Excuse me, could you spare a fellow some change."
1 - "Sorry."
1 - "I think things are perceived as bad, so he comes in like a savior. When you come in and it's rock bottom there is nowhere to go but up."
2 - "I think there are so many people invested in him in a religious sense that they will be happy whatever he does."
1 - "I just hope he continues to pursue American security aggressively, the other stuff just comes and goes."
Man with clipboard steps out from restaurant: "Mark?...Not here. Jenny?"
1 - "Donovan?"
Man with clipboard goes back inside. A man in a neon windbreaker carrying a bundle approaches.
Man in neon: "Can I give you one of my maps please?"
1 - "Just one, we live together."
The 3 men turn to discussing what will happen to Iraq war vets upon returning:
3 - "Even the people who are well-off, they're going to get screwed. We've heard all kinds of stories of people in the platoons and stuff and they're screwed. What are they gonna do? You might as well..you might as well commit suicide."
The men turn to discussing opening a restaurant.
1 - "Something that's already established, like Starbucks or McDonalds; that's where all the money is."
Man with clipboard reemerges from inside - "Donovan?"
1 - "Donovan! We're ready, yes."