Gwen's Take

Gwen’s Take: The art of the authentic apology

Posted: January 9, 2014 at 4:54 pm

In many ways, it was a relief to hear New Jersey Governor Chris Christie declare he was apologetic, humiliated, embarrassed and sad after an odd tale of bridge and tunnel retribution exploded on his watch this week.

“I had no knowledge or involvement in this issue, in its planning or its execution,” Christie said of the George Washington Bridge lane closures allegedly carried out by his staff last fall. “And I am stunned by the abject stupidity that was shown here, regardless of what the facts ultimately uncover. This was handled in a callous and indifferent way.”

Gwen’s Take: Taking Yes for an Answer

Posted: December 19, 2013 at 3:08 pm

It is apparently safe to use the word “compromise” again.

Vladimir Putin is granting pardons to his enemies (it took a decade, but still).

Nine U.S. senators this week dared to stray from the Republican fold to endorse a modest government budget that raises revenues and cuts spending.

“Mr. President, this deal is a compromise,” Senate Budget Committee chairwoman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) said. “It doesn't tackle every one of the challenges we face as a nation, but that was never our goal.”

Gwen’s Take: Of Handshakes, Selfies and Budget Deals

Posted: December 12, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Sen. Marco Rubio (left) expressed his disapproval with the budget compromise negotiated by fellow Republican Rep. Paul Ryan [Photo: CNN].

You’ve got to hand it to Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. He’s consistent. No wishy-washy budget deals for him. Only all or nothing will do.

So he and another half dozen conservatives denounced the budget compromise reached by fellow Republican Rep. Paul Ryan and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray because, although it reduces spending, it doesn’t do enough.

Gwen's Take: Meeting Nelson Mandela

Posted: December 6, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Nelson Mandela visited New York during his U.S. tour in 1990 [Photo: CNN].

I can't say I actually met Nelson Mandela. I shook his hand once; asked him a question at a news conference. But, unlike the thousands of reporters, celebrities and politicians now weighing in with tales of personal remembrances, Mandela was a distant icon who nevertheless deeply influenced me.

Gwen’s Take: Counting on Diplomacy

Posted: December 5, 2013 at 3:43 pm

Just before the end of my PBS NewsHour interview with the lead Iran negotiator for the U.S. Wendy Sherman this week, she went out of her way to trot out a somewhat surprising endorsement of the Obama approach to Iran.

The Obama administration’s views on Iran, she suggested, are pretty much in step with what two former secretaries of state -- Henry Kissinger and George Shultz -- believe.

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