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Boehner and his public weeping

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Since I’m in China I didn’t know that Boehner went on “60 Minutes” last Sunday and did his usual crying game. There have lots of comments about from columnists like Gail Collins. Even that great celebrity shill, Barbara Walters talked about and not specially flattering terms. Her colleague on the View, Joy Behar, called Boehner “the Weeper of the House”. But I like Tim Egan‘s reflections on this Boehner faux crying game stuff:

For whatever reason, Boehner’s life story never gave him a broader governing vision for the folks he knew in his hometown of Reading, Ohio. When he turns on the waterworks while talking about them, it raises two questions:

Is Boehner crying because he escaped that fate? Or because of the person he has become — a politician whose votes show he couldn’t care less for the people he left behind?

So Republican, so callous, so faux and fundamentally hypocritical. Since US voters, especially those described as independents, seem to favor that crew of callous naysayers, does it mean that significant fractions of Americans would rather support hypocrites and faux representatives of democracy?

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2010/12/17 at 15:34

The first full interview of Pres-Elect Obama and Mrs. Obama

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It was on the CBS Sunday night TV stalwart “60 Minutes“. The interview was done by Steve Croft in Chicago. Apart from the usual program ending contribution by Andy Rooney, it was Croft and Barack and then Croft, Barack and Michelle.

I was so fascinated with the quality of the exchanges between Croft and his guests. It’s rare and moving to see and hear two sane politicians, and that is not an oxymoron in this case, responding to direct questions as well, as openly and credibly, even though guardedly, about the process of transitioning into the most powerful political office in the world.

Croft, Barack and Michelle gave the impression that they were engaged in a careful word dance between three people that respected each other and their words. Barack and Michelle left little doubt about the openess and closeness of their emotional and mental connection. It was a tour de force performance by all three, a rare event on public TV dealing with US politics!

The interview was a very fitting way station on this journey into political power. Watching it gave me happy goose bumbs, unlike the sinking feeling I always get when I see and hear McCain and his wife Cindy.

Dave Winer weighs in with choice video parts of the interview!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/11/17 at 04:00