Posted: April 8, 2010 at 1:30 pm
When The Washington Post asked me to review David Remnick’s new book “The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama,” I quickly said yes.
As someone who spends my days trying to peer inside, through and around national and global events, I possess a bottomless well of curiosity about people who aspire to lead.
You will see in the review that follows that I admired Remnick’s final product, all 600+ pages of it. This is in part because I spent so much time (and sweat and tears) trying to write a far more narrowly focused book of my own in 2008.
Posted: March 25, 2010 at 10:19 am
I have a little hobby as a journalist. I love to listen to how people use words. That sounds simpler than it is. It requires the listener to be skeptical rather than cynical, yet to cheerfully expose the meaning behind the meaning.
While I was deciding what to write here this week, a perfect example practically reached out and grabbed me by the throat. And I was sitting at the desk in the NewsHour studio at the time.
Posted: March 18, 2010 at 3:05 pm
“If you don’t set deadlines in this town, things don’t happen.
The default position is inertia.”
– President Barack Obama July 22, 2009
We enter another weekend with yet another health care deadline hanging low on Washington’s horizon. It will be neither the first nor the last time that gauntlets have been thrown down.
Posted: March 11, 2010 at 6:11 pm
But the part of “Up” which makes me laugh out loud every time I see the clip again, was the part about the talking dog. In it, an enthusiastic cartoon puppy speaks. (For some reason, I find talking dogs pretty funny.) But in this movie, just when he’s about to make a point, a squirrel (or something) dashes by. The poor canine immediately loses his train of thought in all the excitement, exclaiming “Squirrel!” and dashing off to chase it.
Posted: March 4, 2010 at 6:32 pm
I don’t pretend to be an expert on the vagaries of New York politics, even though I was born there. I have enough trouble keeping up with the cabals and the vagaries of Capitol Hill and White House politics. (Rahm Emanuel, anyone?)
That said, I have been watching the apparently unraveling careers of two Empire State stalwarts - Governor David Paterson and Rep. Charles Rangel -- with special interest.