“Over 600,000 Americans died settling this situation. No, we do not need to split things up. The person mentioned will just have to get over it and move on. Call me a maggot all day, I don't care. It's called living in a democracy.”
“My father was a life long Republican. My entire family is mostly Republican. They are all fantastic people. When I saw that picture of President Obama and Governor Christie walking along the beach together, my heart had hope. Could we actually come to a time where ideas were being offered from both sides to deal with problems? Both those politicians had to know that they were also losing votes by doing this photo op thing - so it's "Damned if you do and damned if you don't." So err on the side of good intentions. I respect both of them for their efforts and I throw a little love Romney's way for the thought. I haven't seen a follow up of the truck of goods getting delivered. He has terrible PR people.”
Ravyn on Nov 3, 2012 at 08:27:45
“The Red Cross didn't want the stuff, only wanted donations of blood or cash, and said that they didn't have the facilities to handle food donations or clothing, which needs to be cleaned. Also, Romney's staff went to a store and spent $5,000 buying most of the goods distributed the night before, then gave them to attendees who wanted to meet Romney personally: it was a pre-requisite to meeting him for attendees to hand to him a jar or can of something to make for a nice, if phony, photo op. Really sad and pathetic.
Romney could have gotten a great deal of positive PR if he'd opened his own personal checkbook and written a million dollar check to the Red Cross or some other organization providing relief on the E. Coast the way many celebrities have done for other natural disasters in Haiti, New Orleans, etc. As it was, it was a one-day event after which he's totally abandoned anything further publicly in the form of asking for relief or donations (at least there has been no further media coverage) to those suffering. I guess he doesn't need or want any of those peoples' votes. Of course, NJ, NY, MD, DE, CT, MA are reliably Democratic states in presidential elections. One can only wonder what a Romney Administration would do for those states if another massive storm hit them during his presidency. I hope we never have to find out.”
JohnnyKay on Nov 3, 2012 at 08:20:52
“Romney's "PR people" shelled out $5k and staged the entire event, while campaigning in the midst of a natural disaster.
That, and Republicans in general, are nothing to be proud of.
“My husband and I watched several hours of the GOP convention last night. Whoever was directing the festivities really messed up. I noticed that the statium had a lot of empty seats. I don't know how many people come to these things but all those empty seats sent a message. And all the people milling about during the speeches that were given was distracting. I saw one speaker, walking around on the stage, getting close to the edge of the stage and no body was listening to him. That image should not have happened. I was kind of interested in Santorums speech but it fell flat with his personal conversation with America - should have phoned it in. There was no build up to the keynote. And one would have thought that there would have been some kind of speech theme check because Ann Romney started her speech talking about love and Christie said forget love get respect. The night overall was a shot in the foot. And by the way, couldn't someone tell Romney that it's OK to stand up and wave or something when everyone looks at you in adoration. At least flash a smile. His emotional response is so zombiesque!”
Barbara DeZan on Aug 29, 2012 at 17:33:18
“I noticed all the empty seats also....and the underwhelming response to the speakers...including Ms. Romney.
No life, no enthusiasm.....none.
Can't say I blame them.....look at what they have to work with.”
stageplay on Aug 29, 2012 at 17:30:22
“Actually, Mitt Romney is not a zombie, he's an android. If you simply take a good look at Ryan's eyes you will see that he is, indeed, a zombie.”
“I couldn't help but notice a little whiff of the past when she started talking about women going to war and leaving children behind.... a woman place is in the home.... And the line she closed with about women giving life made me feel like she sees men as the takers of life. There are a lot of men in the military who are fathers and their role as fathers - givers of life - are just as important to their children as their mothers. We, as a nation, need to encourage all our people in the defense of our country. I refuse to be the helpless female! I am so tired of these 50's idiots.”
brotherotis on Feb 20, 2012 at 15:05:00
“Are you a combat veteran? I am. Women do not belong on the front lines. They are not physically strong enough. Mentally? Absolutely. My wife is a lot smarter than I am, and I work with many talented women whom I respect and admire. BUT, a woman is not strong enough to pull a 220-lb man to safety when that man is incapacitated and is dead weight. That's just a physiological fact. Of course, there may be a few, but not many. I salute our female veterans, and I believe our military is much stronger with them than without them. I am ONLY talking about the front lines in combat, nothing more.”
“I don't know if anyone else has mentioned this but when a person becomes president, their spouse also takes a role in that job... 'first spouse". Perhaps Ann Romney is not interested in giving up her life with her kids and grand kids and her horse to have the media constantly in her business. Maybe she's not that interested in the role of first lady. And also, I too, have noticed that Mr. Romney gets either a vacant, far away look in his eyes or (when his hair starts to wisp on the left side of his forehead) he gets that pissed look in his face - like something's about to blow!”
“My son and his friends were filming a movie and they asked me to be in it as a bit part player. They took head shots of everyone in the movie. I was dressed like a 1920's mother. My hair was in pin curls and I was wearing a cotton print sack of a dress but when I saw that picture of me I noticed my fore arms. They were beautiful in their muscularity. My brown eyes were twinkly like my mothers. And there was something more in that picture that called back to many of the old pictures I've seen of my ancestors. I am timeless. I am strong and I am grateful to God to be alive!”
“I might be wrong here but I believe that the president's mother used food stamps some to feed the family when Obama was a child. So it comes off like a put down of the president to me. I would hope that our country stays open to the thought that a young, American, citizen from any background can grow up to be president. We have to keep that dream alive or else we end up with only the ritzy-titzy in charge.”
noteaforme on May 15, 2011 at 09:26:55
“That's what I thought of too. I think it was some kind of thinly coated slam on the president's origins.”
“I've been thinking about this whole Glen Beck thing. I have never watched his show. I've only seen clips. I can't take the "dray-ma." I too think he is just a side show. And as I read your article, I began to wonder about Rupert Murdoch, Glen Beck's boss. He is the man behind the curtain. Beck is just the big head full of hot gas. So why not put Murdoch's feet to the fire for allowing this weird form of foment aimed at selling books and ad income but undermining the USA?”
doublels on Apr 22, 2010 at 09:53:55
“Excellent thought. Bob--- can you do an accompanying series on Rupert?”
“People believe what they believe then look for a source to confirm their belief. This is the role that Beck is playing. Which came first the chicken or the egg? So I'm not sure there is any way of reaching some of these folks. I do think that you may have touched on something when you called him a fraud. So many famous people walk around afraid that one day, everybody will find out just how small they are. So keep working the "fraud" angle.... maybe get some bumperstickers printed up "Glen Beck is a Fraud!" Also, I was wondering if anyone has set up a wikipedia type site that examines the claims made by all these political media types who are fomenting the national anxiety. A site that would provide the facts to prove or disprove any statement of opinion. Well, keep up the good work. I feel sorry for you having to listen to Beck.”
CascadianPDX on Apr 14, 2010 at 21:49:33
“>People believe what they believe then look for a source to confirm their belief. This is the role that Beck is playing. Which came first the chicken or the egg? So I'm not sure there is any way of reaching some of these folks.
When considering this question, I often come up with the old saying, 'you can't argue with a sick mind'. Human societies have almost always fallen prey to these high-functioning, yet twisted and self-serving personalities. I don't think anything *can* be done about it either, unless we're talking generational time frames. These ideologies and distortions become hardwired--in essence, defining the person, thereby becoming about as difficult to change as the proverbial leopard changing its spots.”
“There's an old wall hanging that says "Judge not a man until you have walked a mile in his mocassins." And I realize that you are trying to tread lightly so as not to get Oprah upset and to also pimp your friend's book. As for myself, I figure that Oprah can have anyone to her home that she wants to. She is loved by many people of varying color. I am considered white - caucasian - pink (the new white) - beige and I absolutely love Oprah Winfrey. She has helped me in so many ways and I am convinced that she has helped this nation! More power to her! And thank God she isn't all over the airwaves like some of the present day fame whores that we are constantly seeing.”
alisonv on Apr 14, 2010 at 04:58:26
“Excellent analysis of the article. I found it interesting that she chose to defend her buddy Kitty BEFORE reading the book. Cop out. I also think Oprah has done so much for so many people. Why should I care if her dad doesn't like her best friend?”
JeffmChicago on Apr 13, 2010 at 23:42:41
“margie-talks as a black man I thank you for having an open mind as a white woman when it comes to Oprah. Thank you and fanned!”
“Bob I have your blog as one of my favorites.I'm a fan. I've watched very little of Glen Beck or Rush Limbaugh as they have such a negative energy. They concentrate more on what is wrong with the world with few creative suggestions on how to fix anything. I see them as agents of foment for personal financial gain. When I was a kid, my Dad was always talking about the communist taking over. He had what was almost a paranoid idea that communist were everywhere, waiting to take over America. One day, after I had grown up, I just happened to look up how many registered communist there were in America. At that time there were 100,000 registered communist. I pointed out to my Dad that it would take a lot more than 100,000 to make a dent. I agree with you about all the jibberish coming from Beck and the rest who are twisting reality into a carnival attraction. And I even hesitate to read or comment on them as it adds more to their energy. I would think that maybe a fact check column in your blog might help. Just take their daily his-ter-ics and compare them with the truth. Challenge these guys to a debate. Remember when the wizard said "pay no attention to the man behind the curtain."? We need to pay attention and call them out at every turn because they do a horrible disservice to our country.”
alma parker on Apr 8, 2010 at 12:17:36
“gotta love this couplet: "i watch very little..." paired with "they concentrate more on..."
here's an idea: watch (actually with rush it's mostly listen) more. then you'll here them talking about specific ideas. also, consider that not doing things is a bit part of it. eg not passing the healthcare bill. of course, not making dramatic changes to what we do in this country is currently getting mocked as 'saying no,' but most would agree that most of their best decisions are things they didn't do. as for the last part, paying attention, good idea. if you want to pay attention, start by listening closely and for a long time and then see if you still see the 'horrible disservice,' which, of course, you cite no specifics for.
the naivete on communism is hard to even comment on. i can only assume you've not spent a few hours with anybody who tried to live and work in poland or hungary or russia in the 60s and 70s and thus have no idea how much reagan and his crew did for the world.”
“I am proud of the president. For one thing, peace doesn't necessarily start with bold actions. It usually begins with just talking to all sides. Most of Martin Luther King's endeavors toward peace and justice started with his speeches. Words. Just plain words...as amazing as that may seem....words do have power! Yay, words. And, one of the presidents first actions was to send special envoys to various trouble spots in the world. He did take the time to put together a speech to address our problems with the Muslim world. And this one thing has made a big difference. I have heard more than one person from Iran say that the reason for the unrest after the election in Iran was Obama's speech. The Iranians want a more moderate voice leading their country. The president also removed missiles from the borders of numerous European countries (which I can't at this time remember) and Russia. This move alone took the world stress level down a notch. The president has also opened up the idea of the USA and Cuba working out age old differences. If anything at all makes the president worthy it is his voice of reason and peace. He looks for the fair and logical ways of reason to solve international problems.”
BeFairNow on Oct 9, 2009 at 11:47:20
“Right you are Margie! Some of us are actually paying attention to the finer details because they produce the big changes further on down the road. This isn't fast food, it's fine dining. We've been on a steady diet of ineptitude and stupidity for 8 years. President and First Lady O are just what the doctor ordered! :-)”
“Here's the beautiful thing about this story. We switched on his show in the middle of his story. And I knew right away Dave was telling something from his private life. Similiar to when he announced that he and his wife - then girlfriend - were pregnant. Similar to when he was telling about his heart attack. He was in the middle of laying his cards on the table. He was not crying about being a victim. He was just telling the truth. And yes, at times the audience laughed or applauded. Dave is not saying he is perfect but I admire that he handled this in a straight forward way. What more is there to say?”
Archivist1000 on Oct 3, 2009 at 22:24:59
“margie- ... I agree. Dave handled this brilliantly and with class. His sex life is nobody's business. When he 'shared' this with HIS audience, it was as if he was sharing a problem with people he knew he could trust.
I respect him more than ever for his straightforwardness.”
JustLucky on Oct 3, 2009 at 22:19:03
“I agree! I have a lot more respect for him than I had before.”
Libby48 on Oct 3, 2009 at 22:07:43
“Admiration for this male ho and bully employer??? He hood-winked his stunned audience.
They were so much in a trance, they did not get it till they got home.
Nice scam, Dave.
He must be taken off the air...and right now!!!!!
He is the epitome of hypocrit!!!”
“Steven I love your work. I not only enjoyed you in Wings but on Studio 60 as well. You were perfect in both these shows!. And now I see that you are a good writer as well. I enjoyed your journey in this piece and it rings so true. I just wanted to add that the politicians, school officials, right wingers...whatever, who want to shut the President down in his school address are actually giving him the best publicity of all....we all know how kids (and adults too) flock to the "forbidden". I didn't know he was going to speak to our school kids but now I will not be able to miss it! They all been out Obamaed!”
“Take a look at the video. Hannity is sitting across from Rush feeding him the set up questions and Rush is making the over the top comment. I can just hear what the discussion was in the booth before this was recorded. It's not about President Obama or our beloved country. It's about Rush getting himself noticed. So he throws the baby in front of a speeding car and sets back and enjoys the press coverage. The best thing that we can do is encourage people to wake up and start tuning in some music on the radio while they plan out the best way they can be a help to America. It's called leaving the blow hards in the dust.”
“I also disagree with Mr. Halprin. The press was on Michelle Obama about that "proud of America" comment. Maybe Michelle just doesn't have a lot of baggage in her past and the press can't (or shouldn't )make things up, so stop your whining. I have a theory that if the campaign had been run by silent video and we never heard a word from senator McCain or president- elect Obama or any of the talking heads, the results would have been the same. There is just a positive energy that comes off of Obama and Michelle.... they smile a lot. Senator McCain looked as if he were in pain when he smiled (and maybe he is as he has been through a lot). It's the same with Cindy McCain, she did not look "happy to be here." Mr. Halprin try this at home: get all the campaign footage that you can find and look at it without the sound. Maybe you'll see what I mean. And also, stop thinking that the voters of America have to have the journalist to figure all this out for them. We are able to figure a few things out for ourselves.”
“For months now, I too have had that weird feeling in my head. I can't hold a thought. A few days ago I asked myself why I am so obsessed with the outcome of this election? And I really feel that it is because for the longest time we have had no leadership in this country...NONE! And that out of mind - out of body feeling is hope come home roost. We had an election results party with about 20 people in attendance. When Obama won, we broke out the champagne. A woman and her mother called a family member and started singing a rap song. And then the entire room started singing that wonderful Woodie Guthrie song: "This land is your land, this land is my land, from California to the New York Island, From the redwood forest, to the gulf stream waters, this land was made for you and me." Our land.....The United States of America! No little pockets of real America. One nation. It was great and I offer my lily white hands to this nation that I love and America's choice - Barack Obama!”
“It's interesting that you should mention this as I have been pondering something similar. I am beginning to think that McCain is more clever than we give him credit. I think he is out Mavericking all the Mavericks! McCain is the ultimate Maverick. Here is my theory. I have read that McCain wanted to have Joe Lieberman as his running mate but was told by the conservative tugs that currently own the republican party that they would leave him in the dust. This probably told him that he had a major monkey on his back with this crowd, so he picked a veep that would give them what they wanted but would make it twice as hard for them to get elected. Then he would go into these crazy, erratic actions to keep everyone guessing. He is giving the conservative right just what they deserve, ultimate defeat! McCain is not running to win the presidency he is running to destroy a really ugly part of American politics. Right On! John Maverick McCain - lose it like a man!”
klo on Oct 20, 2008 at 08:37:42
“Funny you should say that.
Upon the choice of Mrs. P, I first thought McC had intentionally thrown the election.
Admittedly, I didn't have the depth of insight as you, but certainly along the same line.
Wonder, if we'll ever know the truth.”
LouisvilleLiberal on Oct 20, 2008 at 01:40:34
“I've often thought that Sarah Palin may have been a little passive agression on the part of McCain. If he can't have the VP of his choice, he'll pick the most inappropriate one available.
On the other hand, it seems like McCain isn't in charge of his campaign.....it seems he just turned himself over to the Rove disciples that beat him last time and hopes the same tactics will fool the American public again.”
sociocanuck on Oct 20, 2008 at 01:22:40
“It's a brilliant conspiracy theory, but still just that. Too off the wall to be true.”
“I woke up thinking about that Couric , Palin, McCain get together on the news last night. I watched that interview and was just plain dumbfounded. It came across like a Dad taking his daughter before the principal to discuss her inappropriate use of language. Senator McCain kept prompting his daughter to say it the right way until he was satisfied that she had said it right. Then he got this weird grin on his face and said something like "There you have it or there you go." It was so insulting to both these women. Couric looked pained and I just felt like "Free Sarah Palin - elect Barack Obama!" Also, I keep wondering about McCain and his fixation on beauty queens. His first wife was a beauty queen or model, Cindy McCain was a beauty queen and Sarah Palin was a beauty queen. I find him disrespectful of women. Also, I am with the person who said let's vote tomorrow and get this overwith. The election is on my mind all the time. I have a life! I want to get back to it!”