Sunday, November 28, 2010

"Face the Nation" features four authors

"Face the Nation" on November 28, 2010 presented four authors, starting with Bob Woodward on the President's Afghanistan policy. Woodward painted a difficult picture, noting that Kharzai is a diagnosed manic depressive. One moment embracing US policy; the next moment denouncing us. Unreliable amd erratic.

Huffington on third world America. Middle class in America is about to become extinct. 2/3 of Americans think their children will be worse off than parents. 25% of young people out of work. Sense of collective anxiety.

Ron Chernow on President Washington. Schieffer: we're in for some tough business. Are we seeing something new here? Ron: although some people think of the founding period a golden age, it was as nasty and partisan as today. Washington was accused of a plot to restore monarchy and of being a double agent.

Edmund Morris on Teddy Roosevelt in the book Colonel Roosevelt. Middle class (or lower middle class) tea party movement. Somewhat like 1910 progressive party. That movement was white middle class and extremely fervent. Feeling of exclusion from interplay of the elite. Angry, overtaxed and perplexed. Real trouble in 2012. [Morris: "Not all that I see is attractive. I see an insular people who are insensitive to foreign sensibilities, who are lazy, obese, complacent, and increasingly perplexed as to why we are losing our place in the world, to people who are more dynamic than us and more disciplined." ]

Arianna speaks about anger. very unpredictable. Dangerous for political stability. Outpouring of compassion. Missing: magnifying glass. Put spotlight on what is working. Go beyond dogmas of left and right.

Bob: such a concentration of power in the presidency. Scratch for: who is barack obama? 18 month snapshot on Obama is a confusing picture. Thought of calling the book "The Divided Man." Of Afghanistan: Hard war to win and come out on top. Division and inconsistency in Obama.

Ron: intellectual people drawn into center of political. Reflexive denigration of opolitical institutions. Get mediocre politicals.
Stuck in vicious cycle.

Edmund Morris to Schieffer, quoting from a movie [Marisa Tomei in "My Cousin Vinnie": Mona Lisa Vito: It's a bullshit question, it's impossible to answer. ]-->That's a bullshit question (the expletive bleeped by CBS)). teddy was forceful but civilized. Insular people insensitive for foreign sensitivities. Losing place to people who are more dynamic and more disciplined.
[For a videoclip, see ‘BULL$#*! QUESTION’: ‘FACE THE NATION’ GUEST SLAMS AMERICANS AS ‘LAZY…OBESE’ : I see an insular people who are insensitive to foreign sensibilities, who are lazy, obese, complacent and increasingly perplexed as to why [Americans] are losing our place in the world to people who are more dynamic than us and more disciplined. ]

Arianna: Lot of legitimate anger out there. The game is rigged. Without any real sense of hope around the corner. A very unAmerican state.

Bob: the leaders are out there. Nixon era. Piston driving Nixon presidency was hate.

Schieffer to Ron: American founders didn't hide. But Washington tended not to speak. Alex Hamilton would try to show he was one of the smartest people at table. Washington: gift of silence. At the table, Washington would know everything about you and you would know nothing about Washington. Alternative theory: Washington silent because of dentures. Had only one tooth left. Curved metal springs held in dentures. Open mouth to speak, dentures might fly out.

Arianna spoke of Palin using Facebook.

Schieffer to Edmund: why was Roosevelt a good leader? Response: Loved to talk. Articulate. He would terrify the tv cameras.

Schieffer to Bob: Obama has lost his groove. Response: He understands things, but he is holding back. Let the silence suck out the truth. People will fill in silence. An uncertain compass in Obama. Opposition is taking advantage, and general populace senses it.
Roosevelt would read a book or two a day. Edmund: Reagan had plenty of time to write letters

Schieffer on essay from five years ago: Thanksgiving as his favorite holiday. We do what we shouldn't, we eat too much. No purpose but to be together. Flotilla of smaller holidays. Sunday: we love our recent visitors, but thank God they're gone.

***Footnote, from 'Jersey Shore': MTV fires back at plagiarism lawsuit -->

However, MTV claims that they have had this idea more or less in the works since a "True Life" special about being a "Jersey girl" aired back in 2004. As for the similarities when it comes to Italian-American stereotypes, the network brings up a number of movies such as "My Cousin Vinny" which also include such a portrayal of the ethnicity.

In other words, don't mess with MTV -- the network is threatening to whack Gambale to the best of their ability if he moves on with the case.


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