“Good for you: thank you. As someone said in an earlier comment, the biggest danger is apathy: Obama supporters who aren't as 'fired up' as the first time. Because it's clear the Romney voters - i.e. the anti-Obama voters - will definitely be voting.
“I got nervous, Jill, when I started reading this. I've been going thru a Joan Didion craving recently, and read Play It As It Lays for the first time, which is just about the most chilling, nightmarish book I've read.
Now I'm trying to find out about her health - is she okay? I hope so.
Writing this from cold, dark, wet London - the damp seeping into my bones - dreaming, longing for California like this mythical place. How luck you are to be there, now. That was partly behind my buying Play It As It Lays: this craving for California. I want more novels from her but now, after reading this, I will be reading Slouching Towards Bethlehem next. Thank you, and I hope you - and Joan - are well. (It's Jill Adams, btw).”
“Why can't he go back to Betty? That feels like a current running through the show: that despite our mixed feelings about Betty, we want them back together.. Sally certainly does, and this dance they keep doing around each other - the 'Morticia' barb Don tossed off when he dropped the kids off - I like Megan, I like the way she's got layers and potential sides to her, but I still can't help but feel there are moments when Don misses Betty. Or is still yearning for her, because despite how he treated her, there was always something a bit unattainable about her. As if she would always be out of his league.
And God knows, Betty - despite her veneer of anger at him - will always want Don. She can't help it. And her new husband, bless him, is so the Rebound Guy.
Maureen, I love this review. Nodded my head all the way through. I just don't know why you're so hard on Harry: I bet somewhere along the line, you've met someone similar and didn't like him, because he doesn't bother me. I loved the way, actually, that no one knew, or cared, what he was talking about.”
“Oh do I love this Presidency! What fun. Michelle is so cool.
I'm an American ex-pat in London, married to a great British guy, and had so much fun with the other (mostly female) ex-pats campaigning heavily here to get the ex-pat vote - and now, for the first time in over 8 years, I'm wishing we lived in the states. If I hadn't stumbled upon this (God bless the HuffPost) I wouldn't have even known about the green fountain!
Just concerned tho: is this good for the environment? Where will the water go? Into the Potomac? Will it harm the little fishes?
I don't know about anyone else, but my google adds are all about 'drinking water fountains'!
You lucky people, living in the United States of America. The economy - like the South - will rise again, and in the meantime, you're having all the fun!”
“Ooh aren't you clever! Creative use of punctuation to avoid being banned from speaking your mind. Bit passive/aggressive, I suppose, but still... admirable in its own way. Must have been using some smart power of your own!
Let's face it: not everyone likes everyone, in or out of politics. President Obama just happens to be a very likeable soul, and clearly has been all his life. Other people aren't that easy to like, and they have to work harder, especially if they choose jobs they need to be elected to get. Some win, some lose. Or as my dad used to say, 'That's what makes horse racing.'
Isn't it brilliant that we live in a country where freedom of speech is built into our very constitution? I thought it was an interesting and intelligent and very good article.
And isn't it nice that after having such a difficult primary, our President has the grace to give his opponent such a cool job. I understand that there are a lot of sore losers out there - both democrats, and republicans. But hopefully the enthusiasm, the positive changes, and the 'smart power', in the form of hope, will distract those people. There's room for everyone, and as long as one is willing to unclench one's fist, we'll be there to give you a hand.”
“Let's try to relax. It's good fun. The Obama family released the photos. It's not like they didn't have the time - or the intelligence - to understand what they were getting in for, during the prolonged Primary and campaign process. It's not like it's a big surprise that they'll be living in a fishbowl for a few hours (hopefully, 8). They don't look terribly upset, and I don't see why we, the American public, need to be, either.
On the other hands, when I saw that soulless looking hotel room they're stuck in for a few more weeks.. it does seem a bit like being under house arrest. But they handle it all with grace and dignity, an example to us all.”
“This is heartbreaking. Mr. Akram, if you are reading this, I offer my condolences. I am Jewish on my mother's side, and am ashamed to be linked with the people who are committing these atrocities. My heart goes out to you, and I thank you for having the courage to write this beautiful article in the midst of your grief. Your father has not died in vain: the world will not let this continue. We can't. This is not how civilised people behave towards other human beings.”
“I had the privilege of meeting President Carter at a book signing over ten years ago. We waited for hours as the queue snaked all through the village of Huntington, NY. When we finally went inside the store, where the line continued to move slowly along, it was clear that everyone who had just met him were beaming. When my turn finally came - he must have been signing for hours at that point, without a break - there was such light and peace surrounding this incredible man. I've never seen anyone with such a spiritual air about him.
President Carter, I applaud your honesty and sense of justice and fairness, and wish you well.”
marymansour on Dec 5, 2008 at 14:05:27
“Funny you mention that spiritual air which was was also apparent in Carter's good friend Anwar Sadat. The first time I met Sadat I was stunned at that same sense of spirituality and almost beatific peacefulness about his person.”
Cogitoe on Dec 4, 2008 at 10:07:00
“Yes, those are exactly the qualities that led me to vote for Carter to my later deep regret. He proved a good man, but an incompetent President. Perhaps Machiavelli was right. These are not the qualities of an effective leader though they must act to the public as if they have them. Think Clintons and all other skilled politicians.”
“I'm interested to hear from the people who post comments like 'this is a complete lie': what are your sources? It sounds pretty reasonable to me, and quite... Clintonesque.
I've been following this story closely - from London - in the hope that Bill & Hillary would somehow simply go away. She won't go away if she stays in the Senate - she'll be the thorn in the side of any progress being made, especially & particularly in health care. (Suggested reading: the Case Against Hillary Clinton, by Peggy Noonan. Intelligently written, compelling reading). Trust me, if you live in a country with free health care, like our NHS (I'm American by the way - and yet, entitled to it), you'd feel the same way (suggested renting: Sicko). Trust me guys: you don't want anything, or anyone, standing in the way of your very own NHS.
Our only hope to put an end to this drama is to get her into a position where Obama can fire her when she mismanages things the way she did her campaign, or her health care hobby as First Lady. Secretary of State sounds like a harmless enough - yet visible enough - position to me! So I'm keeping my fingers crossed that she takes the bait.
And for all you people out there who think we're 'Hillary Haters' - speaking for myself of course, we don't hate her. We simply want her to go away! It all sounds a bit like what we”
HHarvey on Nov 26, 2008 at 09:06:36
“You know, I'm not real fond of Hillary but I realize that she has political clout. She's definitely a force to be reckoned with and if the saying goes "Keep your friends close but your enemies closer" then Barack is doing a fine job already. He's not stupid. Sec of State is the perfect position for a ball buster like Hill. I just couldn't see Limp noodle Kerry doing that job.”
mamala4 on Nov 26, 2008 at 07:49:16
“Well she is NOT going away and many of us don't want her to go away...rather Sarah Palin should go away...OUR country was much better off when the Bill was president....some of us love the Clintons...careful what you wish for.”
“Totally agree. As a baby boomer, I can remember being a small child when my Kennedy was in office. Like my parents did for Kennedy, I volunteered here in London for Obama. Although I love my life here with my English husband, watching that footage made me homesick for America and for delis like Manny's and for a decent corned beef sandwich! I'm so moved seeing those 'ordinary' people and how happy they clearly are in his presence. If I ever feel low or homesick, I'm going to just watch that clip.
And yes, he is like a kid around pie! That is what everyone responds to: just pure delight to be alive.”
“Good parable. Well put. Totally agree. And just had to balance out the other comment! : )
Hopefully the Clintons will shoot themselves in the feet. And it's still a smart move on Obama's part to consider her. But it's this scary feeling like before the election. Just when we thought it was safe to go back into the water!”
“I agree. I feel she's been very gracious when she finally conceded, and that effort deserves to be rewarded, but there are people better suited to that role (more... diplomatic). I don't have a problem with her having a nice position internally.
“I love this story! I love that she thought it was a joke at first. She sounds like a really nice woman - which no doubt adds to why the Obamas love their pizza. I just hope it will be able to translate because isn't the oven important? And don't people say it's all to do with the water? What if DC water isn't up to speed with Chicago water?
Great story. Best of luck to them. Hope it becomes a national chain. Or international! Then we could get it here in London.”
“And thank YOU, Jamie Lee, for making me cry - not the first time in the past few hours! It's uncanny: I, too, a white American (relatively priviledged) woman married to a Brit - I live in London - I'm surprised our paths haven't crossed. I reached the same conclusion in this election, and it jump started me, too, to act.
I've been volunteering here in London. It's felt like the most important work I've ever done. I gather you did your work in Michigan - some of my co-ex-pats (& new, dear friends) continued the efforts in swing states.
And if you're reading this, President (elect) Obama, thank you. You remind me so much of my dad, who died 5 years ago. Thank you for keeping his spirit alive. Thank you for already bringing out something good in me, and in all of us. Thank you for standing in the rain in rallies so I didn't feel so sorry for myself when I stood in Borough Market, helping Americans vote absentee.
Thank you to all the NON Americans who supported this campaign. They couldn't vote, they couldn't even donate or volunteer, but they wished us well, and they prayed, and they've earned the right we all should feel for one day, to rest on our laurels.
And tomorrow, we clean up the confetti and get to work!”
“"Obama volunteers refused to engage the protesters and quickly responded by printing signs reading "People of Faith for Obama" and "Women for Obama", attaching the signs to their personal cars, parked on the street. If the protest's organizers had hoped to block the everyday goings-on of the busy Obama office, they were mistaken. Eager volunteers walked the gauntlet and continued to enter the field office to pick up yard signs, printed material and instructions for canvassing and phone banking. "
I am so proud to be part of this movement of volunteers!
This is a great example of following Obama and Biden's lead. They were thinking outside the box. Inspired solution. Courageous, and non-violent. I applaud you!”