Gwen's Take

Gwen's Take: Will Jeb Bush Run? How Confrontation Politics Will Shape 2016

Posted: April 25, 2013 at 5:53 pm

Former First Lady Barbara Bush announced on the “Today” show that she does not want her son Jeb Bush to run for president [Photo: NBC].

Leave it to Barbara Bush to cut through the confusion. When she was asked just before the opening of her son's presidential library whether her other son, Jeb, should run for president, she said no.

And she didn't dance around it, either.

Gwen’s Take | Journalism 101: Getting It Right

Posted: April 18, 2013 at 4:38 pm

It had already been a hectic, headlong week when a reporter I like, respect and admire made a big mistake. In the rush to get the news fast and first, he got it wrong.

I'm not interested in beating up on him, because it could have easily been me. We all want instant solace. When the President declared to the mourners gathered at Boston's Cathedral of The Holy Cross: "Yes, we will find you. And, yes, you will face justice." We got that. That's how the story ends, right? The bad guys get caught.

Gwen’s Take: Seeing Eye to Eye for a Change

Posted: April 11, 2013 at 5:11 pm

Washington lives in its moments.

I got to sit in the White House East Room this week for the taping of an “In Performance at the White House” concert on Memphis Soul that will air on PBS next week. Justin Timberlake and Mavis Staples were there. I was in hog heaven.

Gwen’s Take | Embracing Difference: Telling Other People’s Stories Well

Posted: April 4, 2013 at 5:51 pm

"Many of us celebrate Dr. King’s life in part because his efforts made life easier for us" [Photo: CNN]

As I write this, we are taking note of the 45th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

I am not a fan of ritual anniversaries nor of celebrating death rather than life. But I do believe in the value of memories and history.

Gwen's Take: When It Helps to Look Inward

Posted: March 21, 2013 at 5:00 pm

This has been a good week for introspection.

It can be easy to look at Washington's hijinks and see only the shallow end of the pool. But every once in awhile, before they dive in and hit their heads, our leaders actually pause to engage in a little beneficial navel gazing.

President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a joint press conference in Jerusalem on Wednesday. [Photo: CNN]

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